I was in my first year of grad school for violin performance this past spring when a particularly intense performance caused my pinky and ring fingers on my right side to go numb and considerable pain in my right elbow. I have always had some slight irritation in my elbow after long rehearsals or practice sessions, but it has always gone away after a few hours. I figured some ice, ibuprofen, and rest would do it, but 3 months of not playing and it is just as bad if not worse. Doctors have diagnosed me with golfer's elbow and they have basically said there is nothing else I can do but rest. I have tried KT Tape, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, sugarless anti-inflammatory diets, and even a cortisone shot. Nothing has helped. Now I'm even getting a slight snapping in my elbow when I extend it and my fingers are tingling pretty much all the time. I'm really frustrated that doctors have dismissed it so quickly and I haven't found anyone willing to try different solutions.
I'm wondering if any of you have had a similar issues in your bow arm. I'm really worried that I will not be able to finish my final year of grad school, so I am open to any suggestions!
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