Numbness and Tingling

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For the past few weeks my right arm has begun to fall asleep while practicing. After I shake it around, the feeling returns to normal. I haven't changed my technique, that I can tell. I have been playing for years, and this never used to happen. Am I just getting old? Does anyone have any ideas?
 

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Not an expert on this stuff, but here are two thoughts:

1. Do you sleep on your right side? If so, you might be putting pressure on your arm in such a way that is causing this.

2. Practice in front of a mirror and watch your arms/hands. You might have subconsciously changed something in your technique that is causing this.
 

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Numbness and tingling are indicators of nerve issues as far as I know. Dealing with same thing in my left thigh right now, but not only when I play-it's all night and all day every day for a week.

May try (gently) stretching it out, working your arm in rotation a little bit to see if you get any relief.

I'm not a doctor, but my doctor is, and he put me on an anti-inflammatory.

As far as age, I'm 56, and I deal with this crap all the time now in various appendages and my back (mainly my back actually) lol.

Doc says-STRETCH.
 

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Sounds like possibly nerve impingement somewhere either in your neck, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pretty common with drummers (starting in the wrist), but in the 80’s/90’s when everyone was flying their rides up to the sky, I heard of some shoulder issues.

I would check in to your Dr to get it properly diagnosed and see where the culprit is. Meantime, check your ergonomics...snare height, ride cymbal position, hi hat distance and heights. Play in front of a mirror or make a video of yourself so you can see if you are putting yourself in any prolonged uncomfortable positions.

Ibuprofen before you play, check your sleeping position.
Good luck. Mine was carpal tunnel, ended up having the surgery on my right wrist, back to 100%.
 

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I get that at certain angles with my ride cymbal. Like the previous poster Ptrick said, try shifting your ergonomics around a bit and see what happens.
 

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Sounds like possibly nerve impingement somewhere either in your neck, shoulder, elbow, or wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is pretty common with drummers (starting in the wrist), but in the 80’s/90’s when everyone was flying their rides up to the sky, I heard of some shoulder issues.

I would check in to your Dr to get it properly diagnosed and see where the culprit is.
This^^

Your Dr will probably send you to an orthopedist who will do a nerve conduction test to see where the problem is. Don't jump on the surgery bandwagon right away though. Physical Therapy may correct your issue. Surgery should be a last resort.
 

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For the past few weeks my right arm has begun to fall asleep while practicing. After I shake it around, the feeling returns to normal. I haven't changed my technique, that I can tell. I have been playing for years, and this never used to happen. Am I just getting old? Does anyone have any ideas?
You need to start stretching right away...at least once a day.
Set your hand flat on the table, and bend your wrist over, moving your arm/body towards the tips of your fingers as far as you can, WITHOUT lifting any of your hand off the table.
Hold for a few seconds. Don't rock. Don't let your fingers bend. Use the other hand to hold them down, if you have to.
After that, flip your hand over and do the same thing, just in the opposite direction.
You might want to set it on something soft, like a place mat.
Don't let your fingers open up (this is why you use the other hand to help hold it together).
Hold for a few seonds.
You can repeat again if you choose, but do this at least once a day (more often will yield quicker results).
Eventually, you'll be able to bend your wrist a little farther than you can now, but you will also notice the tingling will go away.
Been there, done that...over 30 years now.
Think abotu what you do for a living, too.
If you have to grab things and hold them, like being a mechanic or pushin' a broom/mop, might be time to consider retirement or at least a carreer change.
That's part of why you're feeling the way you do.

IF, you choose do ignore this, you'll eventually be looking at surgery for carpel tunnel.

Good luck.



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Not an expert on this stuff, but here are two thoughts:

1. Do you sleep on your right side? If so, you might be putting pressure on your arm in such a way that is causing this.
I just went through this.
Not tinging, but you just can't lift your arm up over your shoulder....as hard as you try.
Eventually it does become somewhat painful, but not tingling.
I went to physical therapy and it seemed to be working, then, straight back to square one.
No rhyme or reason and it happened overnight.
I was sent to a specialist and stuffed into a tube that gave me extreme claustrophobia for an MRI scan.
The result? I have the shoulders of a teenager. Absolutely perfect, and this according to the specialist....btw, I'm 56 years old.
I never went back to Physical Therapy.
What I ended up figuring out (actually, my sister clued me in), was that my bed is very firm (like you're supposed to have, right?) and I alwyas slept on that side.
I started sleeping on my back.....voila! ailment cured!
It went away within a couple of days.
Never a problem since.


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