1 Proteus 1 month ago Several weeks ago I gradually - and then vividly - noticed sharp burning pain in my left elbow when playing, soon followed by localized wrist and forearm pain in response to particular common finger positions. I tried to keep playing - just play through it - but localized pain then developed in the upper arm, shoulder, and neck.My GP (an NP) said the symptoms sounded like "tennis elbow," which maybe. It did appear first in the elbow. But the elbow doesn't get the repetitive abuse in playing guitar it gets in tennis, as we hold the instrument at a pretty steady elbow deflection. Tendons no doubt get a thorough workout in tennis with the wrist motion, up and down the forearm.But not nearly in such intricate combinations as in playing guitar. You wanna terrify yourself sometime, watch the tendons in your wrist as you play something complex for a few minutes, and try to calculate how many reps those organic wires in your arm have done over how many years you've been playing. Got to be billions. Is any machine built for that repetitive abuse? There's surely a mean-time before failure.It won't matter to you till it does, of course. So feel free to ignore the heads-up. I did too. While I accepted my overall corporeal mortality 6 years ago when I had the heart attack, I've been almost completely spared the indignity of arthritis. My fingers may not be as fleet as they were 30 years ago, but I think they're more accurate - and they've thankfully remained fluid and flexible enough to play anything I qualify as music. Thus I guess I assumed I could be a blubbering wreck in a wheelchair, and I'd remain guimmortal. (That's "guitaristically immortal.")So this left arm pain has caught me up short - followed by the almost immediate realization that of course I'm wearing out my hands. (And typing on the GDeep contributes. Not to mention the billions of keystrokes and mouse moves required by my job.)So the question on the floor: what to do about it? I've almost completely stopped playing, taken to wearing a tennis elbow brace just below the elbow, and have been waiting for the arm to heal. (Which I can test just by making a loose fist, rotating my wrist, and flexing the elbow.) It's been weeks, and it still hurts - though some days it seems better.I'll go to an appropriate specialist when I have time - but that will be at least a few weeks.Has anyone experienced this? Is it permanent damage, or will it fix? Are there exercises? A better posture, different physical approach to the guitar?While I like me ambient noise-makery, I don't want to end up as a one-note-to-the-measure pedalboard atmospherics jockey.