Hi, Pleased to be here,
This is my first post and wish it was under better circumstances. I'm concerned about a painful injury I sustained while trying out a new technique. I talking about the body slapping and tapping like I've seen done by players like Jimmy Whalsteen & Andy McKee. Anyway, I haven't seen any specific instruction on how to do this so I just waded right in and have been experimenting with a few techniques. What I was trying was hitting a chord, coming off with the left hand and doing a side body slap, followed by finger taps on the pick guard, then coming up above the strings to do a body thump abuve the sound hole for the low end tone and putting my hand in position to strum again.
Well, I found a particular rhythm and sequence I liked and practiced it for about five minutes. I stopped playing for awhile to do a few other things and a few hours later I started feeling a pain in ball of my right thumb. A few hours later, it was so painful, I couldn't even touch it without wanting to scream. I looked at the thumb under high magnification and could see no problem. Two weeks later, (still not being able to hold a pick without pain), I noticed that even though the pain was very slowly easing off, I could feel a small lump in the area of the pain. As of today now, (10-17-12), it's been a full three weeks since I did this and I now see a slight darkening in the area and It is slightly raised up and increasing in pain to match when I originally did this.
A friend told me he thught it might be a blood blister that is now coming to the surface and I probably need to lance it to drain it and then the pain would slack off and it would heal faster. He has no medicaql background and my clinic has about a one month waiting period for an appointment.
I have not been able to find any info anywhere about something like this. I would appreciate any thoughts, comments, or personal experiences along the same line. I'm very frustrated by not being able to play and this is taking far too long to heal.. Thanks to all who might be able to help.
Sorry for your injury. My best advice is to see a qualified medical professional to check your injury. I've not heard of such an injury happening so fast to a guitar player. It's an unfortunate event to be sure. Don't take chances with any injury, but for a guitarist, hand, and arms are so important - go see a doctor.
Thanks for your advice. My clinic usually has about a 1 month delay for appointments but perhaps if I'm insistant in stressing the urgency of the situation, perhaps I'll get in sooner.
Hi. You need to get it seen to. You haven't just got inflammation of the nerve ends or any other self healing pain. I would say that you definitely have an injury, most likely a chipped bone. This is not so unlikely as it sounds. At birth the base of the thumb is made up of several small bits destined to be fused together to make a stronger lump. Sometimes a small bit doesn't get fused properly and sits there waiting, like a genie in a bottle, for a bit of guitar slapping to set it free.
I hate to hear of your injury. Do you have an "Urgent Care Center" in your area? They can usually get you in the examining room in an hour or so and don't cost like an ER at a hospital. Hope you're well soon.