churchpianist

Joined: 05/21/2011
My Story:
I am a piano and guitar teacher at a school of music and also a church pianist. I developed fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in the 1980's. My story is at www.fms-help.com. I have found many successful ways to deal with FMS/CFIDS/insomnia www.fms-help.com/what.htm.

However, a new problem has come up in the last few years (I am 59) that is threatening my livelihood! I have osteoarthritis ("wear and tear") in my right hand - it is worst in my pinky, where there is no cartilage left, just "bone on bone" per the orthopedist. Other joints are deteriorating as well. I had a cortisone shot ($250) into the worst joint, but it did not help the pain, much to my disappointment. Flector pain patches did not help either. The Joint Formula I had been using for years and also oral NSAIDS (such as Meloxicam) also lost their effectiveness for pain.

I have now begun taping and splinting my right pinky in order to be able to play for church, particularly choir music with fast accompaniments requiring octaves in the right hand. My orthopedist said that I am not a candidate for a joint replacement, because they don't do them on musicians, because they never get their needed mobility back.

I am trying many different things to help the osteo. Will post when I find anything significant.

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Reply: Finger arthritis and piano playing
Wow. I can sure relate to both of your reasons for developing osteo in your fingers....More
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Reply: Finger arthritis and piano playing
I just bought a bottle of Synthovial 7 (hyaluronic acid) - a joint moisturizer. Took...More
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I just found an even better solution for playing the piano despite my right pinkie...More
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I think I found a solution! I cut some non-stick gauze into 1"x4" strips and wrapped...More
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Reply: Finger arthritis and piano playing
I have exactly the same situation with the pinkie of my right hand, and also another...More
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