goatatl wrote:I am currently having a bout with tennis elbow, or at least that's what I think, judging from the online research I've done. (WebMD, emedicinehealth, etc...)
The symptoms describe me to a T:
* Tenderness on the outer bony part of the elbow
* Morning stiffness of the elbow with persistent aching
* Soreness in the forearm
* Pain worse when grasping or holding an object
Unfortunately, I believe this happened upon my purchase of Yamaha DTX about a week ago... When I first got it home & set it up, I noticed some numbness in my left hand after about a half hour of playing; In my enthusiasm over having new toy, I chose to ignore it, and continued to play for another couple of hours. (BAD decision) The pain ensued within a couple of days.
I'm a heavy player and probably need to modify my playing on pads, which I'm (obviously) not used to anyway. I've heard a couple of posts recommending Ahead sticks, but does anyone have any suggestions for immediate relief? (I have gigs Friday & Saturday) Do those elbow braces help?
Might want to look at external things such as do you put your elbow on the window ledge when you drive, any work-related repetitive tasks, etc.
For awhile I was experiencing numbness in my left pinky. I mean, the damn this was DEAD. Came to find out that when I set my arm in the car window area as I drove, the ulnar nerve was getting pinched. I changed the habit, the numbness left.