I am a new member here and I am looking for some insight.
I am a full time musician and guitar teacher. A few years ago I set out to become a world class player in electric guitar. I started doing really well after 5 years of 3 - 6 hours practice every day. I was relentless in work ethic and sat down and worked on my playing very intensely.
For the past two years I have gradually been getting worse and worse at playing. What I mean is that my left hand fingers (the hand I use to play up and down the neck) have become stiff and I have noticed a decrease in motor function. Not to the point where I am unable to play but my hand is just very stiff and won't do the things my brain tells it to do. My right hand is perfectly capable of feeling strong on the fret board and I have never even trained it. It is very frustrating.
I have a sharp pain in my spine at the back of my sternum. Some days it is very sore and other days only mildly. I often lay back just to decompress my spine in the hope it will crack to relieve the pressure.
I also have numbness in my left foot which is very weird and the area have increased slightly over the last two months since it started to rear its head.
I can remember lifting a weight above my head about two years ago and after that the slow decrease in ability has been noticed. Only the last few weeks I have decided that I had to check this issue out medically since it did not make sense that my ability in only my left hand would diminish like this since I have kept on refining my skills.
I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon at the end of this month. My doctor said I have carpal tunnel but I disagree since I don't have those symptoms but there probably isn't anything bad about checking that out as well.
My back is very stiff in the right region and my left calf is also pretty weak compared to my right calf, so is my whole right arm. I don't drop cups of coffee or make clumsy mistakes though, it isn't that bad.
I was wondering if the fact that my left hand has become so weak on the guitar could be a result of the back pain I have every day?
I have taken X Rays and the doctor noticed only small issues.
Thanks for reading my post and helping me, I am super depressed over this. Music is a big passion of mine but this issue has stilted my progress playing wise.