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Seems there are several injury threads lately, so I thought I would update my situation so others can take heed. At 60 yo, I was 14 months in doing the method book with a teacher. Once in about every 5 years I will sleep on my couch (I was not drinking :)). I woke up with a very sore shoulder. I stopped doing the fitness center thing but kept practicing piano - this was my first mistake. The sore shoulder would not massage out. In another week I had a tingling left pinky while playing - that made me stop.

The second mistake I made is that 2 months later (I was in rehab by then) I did too much physical labor (which really wasn't very much - home owner stuff) which really aggravated my damaged areas (left shoulder and arm). So I had to stop rehab. My MRI report was kind of ominous with the word 'severe' appearing 2x (neck herniated discs). But the surgeon said mine is not that bad. He said keep doing rehab and in 3 months if it is not better than he will give me a shot (that's 6 months since I first got the tingling).

I've seen it stated in this forum, 'don't ever play with pain'. I wonder it I learned my lesson....


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commiserations and a speedy recovery. The downside of getting older is we should be wiser, but try telling that to the 30 year old in your head


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Originally Posted by earlofmar
commiserations and a speedy recovery. The downside of getting older is we should be wiser, but try telling that to the 30 year old in your head

This is so true! I think when you're younger, you can "get away with" (but not really) a lot more. That includes playing with poor technique. When you're older all of those things come to the forefront.

In my case, I developed carpal tunnel from a car accident (with those darn herniated discs) and as a result, I've had to be careful about what I do and how I do it. On the plus side, I have learned a lot more about technique to share with my students. On the down side, I can't play the way I used to.


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Originally Posted by earlofmar
commiserations and a speedy recovery. The downside of getting older is we should be wiser, but try telling that to the 30 year old in your head


That.
And the fact that every little bump takes 10x as long to feel better as it did when we were 30, especially the things we didn't even notice when we were 20. And of course the bigger bumps take much longer.

For me, so far at least, things do continue to heal. Eventually. Slowly.


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