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Offline Paul Marossy

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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2011, 09:30:21 AM »
No problem Jeff. It just gets old having lost so much over the last few years. I hope you get your problem corrected whatever method it ends up being.

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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2011, 11:45:30 AM »
Bob,  the Brown Hand Center looks interesting, thanks for the info.  I am going to contact them and find out more information.  Sure sounds good and makes sense from their website.  Hand specialists that deal just with hand issues!!  This is the kind of information that is helpful and provides benefit for being a member of the forum.  Thanks!!

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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2011, 05:35:23 PM »
That does seem very promising while minimally invasive. I plan to ask my doctor if there are any similar type procedures in my area. In the meantime, My new mojo that I have patiently waited for is slated to arrive tomorrow. Let the fun begin.

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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2011, 08:21:26 PM »
"I started taking Osteo Bi-Flex about 2 months ago because I heard good things about it increasing joint mobility. It's worked wonders on me so far. I have bad knees also, and they haven't bothered me since about a week after I started taking it. I also have arthritis in my thumbs that make playing painful. I barely feel it now. As with any medication, I talked to my doctor first to make sure it was ok for me to take and make sure there were no interactions with medications that I was already taking. I am no doctor or pharmacist so my testimony is personal due to my own experiences."

I second that.  I also found that taking fish oil capsules has helped my flexibility tremendously beside it helped lower my cholesterol.  Check with your doctor about supplements.  Most don't believe in them but they do work.
 

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Offline Paul Marossy

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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2011, 08:53:00 PM »
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Originally posted by Epidrake1
[br I also found that taking fish oil capsules has helped my flexibility tremendously beside it helped lower my cholesterol.  Check with your doctor about supplements.  Most don't believe in them but they do work.


I think that might be worth looking into. I'm into natural stuff whenever possible, and I do believe in natural stuff myself.

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« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2011, 07:20:39 AM »
Absolutely. I avoid surgery unless it is ABSOLUTELY the only way to cure. I have been taking fish oil capsules every day.

Here are the important things to do as you age (and they do affect your ability to play guitar)

1. Eat right. Don't gorge. Eat the right stuff (see a nutritionist if you have to). Watch portions. Shoot for keeping your weight BELOW the recommended national average. See if gluten is your friend or foe - consumption can have a direct effect on body functions, such as joint health. Avoid sugar - especially in soft drinks. Take supplements that help.

2. Keep moving. If you sit at a chair all day for work and come home a and sit or recline all night, your body will gradually not want to do anything else. It becomes a real chore just to get up to get more cookies. Get up and move around. A lot. If you need something to move around for, try something like Tai Che.  (sp?). You can't glue a guitar together if the parts keep on moving. Honestly, your joints will thank you,

3. Keep your mind stimulated. Even if it's something as mundane as puzzles in the paper in the am (or on your iPad for you digital warriors). Read. Find something you don't know about and learn. Keep building new synaptic paths in your brain. Keep it growing instead atrophying,

Three simple things. Easier to type than they are to do. But start doing them and see how much better you feel overall. Suddenly, you are a more positive person who feels better, has energy and is physically up to the challenge of being alive rather than just going through the daily motions. Your guitar playing will improve. Your relationships will grow. And everything won't seem quite so overwhelming.

Your mileage may vary, but it won't go down. Take my list to your doctor before you simply take my word for it. Heck, you may have a real medical condition that has to be taken into account.

4. BONUS: Get a Neti Pot and use it every day. It saved my life. I had the worst migraines for years. We tried all the designer drugs, and while they cured the symptoms, introduced symptoms of their own. It was a bad trade. Everyone swore up and down that it COULDN'T be sinus related. An MRI later, we decided, well, maybe. A full month course of Claritin D to really get the initial clean out going, followed by a daily Neti has solved the problem. This was 5 years ago. Daily migraines turned into a tiny handful of regular headaches over the last 5 years. It really helped in being able to focus as well. People that have followed my recommendation thank me every time they see me. And it's so simple, non invasive, non toxic and cheap. Don't even think about it. Get one and start using it.
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« Reply #21 on: June 06, 2011, 11:29:44 AM »
All very good advice.  "You are what you eat" really does fit, that was my crack about the Tequila.  Alcohol, particularly in access, can be very hard on your joints.  "The less you do, the less you can do" also works right into this.  You maybe noticing a pattern, maybe these old sayings really do mean something?  Exercise kicks in natural endorphins, wanna get high . . . figure out how to get those stimulated, they really will make you feel great!  There really is a reason why some people become exercise junkies!  And the Neti Pot . . . I could go on for pages on the benefits of this.  I prefer the Neilmed Sinus Rinse, made by the same company, just easier to use (use it twice a day).

Supplements are one of the most over looked thing in Western culture, we try to fix things after there is a problem (reactive medicine).  While taking supplements can fall more into a preventative area (hence, preventative medicine).  In addition to being a pharmacist, I also have a masters in Natural Medicine.  Everyone should be taking some type of supplement, even if it is just vitamins.  Again, do your research there are good and bad supplements with not all of them being for everyone.  Again, good advice Bob!

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Offline Paul Marossy

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« Reply #22 on: June 06, 2011, 11:57:55 AM »
I guess I'm not doing too bad....

I don't drink alcohol, and avoid having sugar. I rarely have a soda and if I do, it's a Hansens Natural Soda. I am not overweight, and I don't eat too much - some days I only eat eat twice and they are not real big meals. I lean towards the "underweight" category. And I eat pretty healthy, fast food is a very rare ocassion for me. I do try to keep my mind stimulated on a regular basis because I don't like sitting around feeling like I am wasting my mind so to speak. And I make it a point to get enough sleep.

I do know that I probably don't get enough exercise because I sit in front of a computer all day at work. I am working on getting more exercise, though. Now I ride my bike more, and walk around the office complex on my breaks. I also try to go hiking as often as I can, when it's not too freaking hot. I do my own yardwork and other stuff, too. But I know I could still be doing more.

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« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2011, 08:53:47 AM »
Just thought I'd share a discovery on my end. When I said earlier that I have had difficulty playing as fast as I used to, I was mainly referring to legato playing.

I have only played my 95 Deluxe since I got it 5 or 6 weeks ago. I noticed this morning that the high E and B strings seemed a little low, so I raised the bridge up a little bit. Just that tiny bit of adjustment makes a very big difference in being able to play legato for me. If the strings aren't high enough, all the energy from my fingers seems to get absorbed by the guitar because I expend too much energy getting each note to sound, which also slows me down at the same time. Raising the strings also has the side benefit of giving those strings slightly more sustain.

So I feel better about that at least. But my hands are stiffer than they used to be say ten years ago. I've been doing my once usual finger stretching before playing and that seems to also make a noticeable difference, though. So I don't feel too dismayed anymore. [:)]

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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2013, 08:22:02 PM »
I've read all the responses about trigger finger, causes, cures, treatments,etc. I am 67 years of age and have been playing guitar since I was 12...I got the trigger finger ; middle, ring and little finger left hand (chording hand, and middle finger on right hand, picking hand. I went the route with physical therapy, shots (hurt like hell!!)...finally had the surgeries done and back to 100% in three to 6 months. Stop screwing around. get the surgery done and get back to picking. Also, don't screw with that surgery you see on YouTube where the phoney doctor jabs a needle in the nerve (kind of like a finger lobotomy!) and screw your finger up for the rest of your life. Chiropractors are bogus too. They had my dad lying on ice bags until I took him to an orthopedic doctor and he had BONE CANCER!!! If all else fails, learn to play with a slide!!!!!!!!
Bobby