I have a ruptured disk in my back and sciatic pain that has now reached up and surrounded my spine. For about a decade I had a pain mgt specialist and I was able to manage my pain w/strong meds and no serious side effects. To most, 90 mg of time-release morphine a day sounds like a big deal but it's really not. Anyway, I never had a urine test the whole time. Then one week when I faced a job layoff I took a sedative but stayed off the pain meds, concerned about interaction. Wouldn't you know? First urine test. Negative for pain meds, lose doctor. After a year I finally get another doc and the first test is ok and so is the second, but on the second the doc has some concern about the degree of metabolization of the pain med, so I lose another doctor. Has anybody else been through this kind of insanity? It seems the docs are way more concerned about their licenses than the welfare of their patients. One more item: I just developed arthritis in the joint at the extremity of my index finger. After 47 years of guitar playing (some pretty good) I had to quit. Does anybody know if surgery plus meds could get me back into finger-picking, blues boxes, not to mention Puff the Magic Dragon with my kids? What was a joy has become torture. Has anybody licked this (pun intended)? Any innovative docs out there want to keep an old guitarist going? Could "Keef's" doc be tuned in? Seriously, though, I'd be interested to the reaction to all this. Getting old is bad enough, but do seniors have to be treated like criminals just for wanting a decent quality of life?
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Is it possible to play guitar with arthritis in the hand that fingers the frets?
My late Auntie Inga played piano every day for her entire adult life. She said that it kept the arthritis at bay in her hands. I would say do it and see what happens.
You may not play as well as before or you may play better due to practicing. Who really cares? The point is you should do what feels good to you.
Take care, Annette
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I know exactly what you are talking about. I went through 6 years of extreme pain due to Congenital Spinal Stenosis with Arthritic Components. The doctors were so worried about making me into an addict....it was ridiculous. My part of it was that I tended to put an effort into looking okay nonetheless. I colldnt' let that go because I wasn't sure I could maintain anything at all if I did. (If it makes any sense: it was a way I fooled myself into functioning.) I considered suicide due to the pain at one point.
I finally saw a non-traditional doctor who suggested simple diet changes. It seemed too simple to work, but I was facing major surgery, so it seemed worth a try. Plus, I had had good results with the doctor before.
About a month and a half later, as I was walking down the street, my back "adjusted" itself. I was scared as I had already had some unpleasant surprises from my body, but it turned out the pain was dissipating and, as long as I stick to this diet I do quite well. Have only been to the ER 7-8 times in the last ten years and I could trace it back to diet every time.
I say don't give up. I believe there is an answer and you just have to persist in looking for it.
In case you're curious, the diet I went on was basically a diet for arthritis. I already didn't eat much red meat or diary (due to dairy allergiy), but also cut out the nightshade group of foods: white potatoes (red okay), tomatoes, eggplant and bell pepper. Also citrus, and well, iron set off on of the worst attacks I ever had, so I stay away from spinach, kale etc. as well. I bet there are some good books at the library on an arthritic diet.
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