If you read my blog often, you may have noticed I’ve put no new content out in over a month now. I know I’ve been very aware of this fact myself. I guess I’ve been more than a little preoccupied with something rather important here of late.
So what’s up?
I guess I’ll go ahead and talk about it here.
In early February, I started to notice a tingling in my right forearm, mostly when I would play the banjo, but also to some extent when I played the mandolin, guitar, or would do a lot of typing at the computer at work. I guess I don’t type as much on the PC at home. It didn’t seem like carpal tunnel syndrome, as this was not in the wrist – it was in the forearm, on the underside.
As time went on, it changed to a burning sensation, followed by actual pain at the same spot. That’s about the time I noticed the most-likely cause: the banjo arm rest, and how I bear down on it.
I’ve always allowed my forearm to rest quite heavily on the armrest when playing the banjo. I can see how after 30-some-odd years, it has now started to affect the nerves and tendons in my arm. In order to be sure, I need to go see the doctor.
So I’m rather concerned, you see. Is this a temporary thing, where I can just learn to lighten up my touch on the armrest and it will clear up? Or is it some permanent damage that isn’t going to get any better?
At the moment, I’m playing a couple of times a week. After about 15 or 20 minutes, it starts in and I stop practicing. Even if I’m very light on the armrest, it still seems to happen. I also get it when I’m teaching – when I really don’t do much banjo/mandolin playing at all, but rather I’m simply holding it in position a lot while listening/teaching.
So pray for me. Pray that I’ll go see the doctor. (I know, I know…) Also pray that it isn’t something permanent.
And I will be grateful.
For that matter I will be grateful, in general, for prayer and for banjos.
Regardless of the outcome.