i missed a lot of action!! :)

this was a flaming topic in the lobby...

i have carpal tunnel syndrome. i got it diagnosed a while back, used to be "chronic tendonitis" and "unknown reumatoid illness" before that.

but it wasn't the piano that made this thing develop. i've been working with computers since i was 10 years old, i started out with my c64 programming basic. since then it's been computers all the way. and when i was 16, it wen't from being a hobby, to a real living. after some years and lots of codelines, my hands started hurting. and the pain got worse and more frequent. i went to a doctor, he told me that i had reumathism, i got real depressed, thinking this was the end for my career, my interests. i felt my life was over. then i talked to a reumatoid specialist. he said that computers was bad for my hands, because it's repepetive motion, but playing the piano was a whole differen't story, playing the piano is a dynamic motion, you don't do the same over and over again, you vary everything, nothing is ever the same. the touch, the weight, the motion. accourding to him it was the best way to keep the cts at bay. so i started playing more frequent, up to 5 hours a day. and it helped, it really helped. my hands have never felt better. i've only had one incident of ache, and that was tendonitis i got 2 weeks ago, but that is the first time in 3 years that i have felt anything, but it went over in 3 days.

i play real expressive, percussive. sometimes i get pain in the tips of my fingers and i chip nails because i use too much force from my hands. but it works, cts is on vacation for the time being and i'm happy and gigging more, programming  less.

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