I am 18 years old and have been playing the violin for 12 years now. About 8 months ago when I was practicing for an audition my hands gradually started to cramp up and get harder and harder to move. I pushed through it and was able to deal with it until about May. In May I had around 12 performances with my school orchestra, playing with my school choir, multiple times in church, private lesson performances, weddings, etc. My hands and wrists were constantly aching and the pain traveled up to my elbow. I finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with tendinitis in both hands and up to my elbows. I took a break for a couple of weeks but the big issue is that I am going to start college and my major in violin performance really soon. I have to get ensemble audition material learned and perfected and it is really hard to even play for 10 minutes at a time.
I have been working on Bach's Chaconne for awhile now and can't seem to make much progress because of the pain and it's so frustrating to have this problem. I really don't want to change my major but I just don't know what to do.
Also does anyone have any ideas why I would have gotten the tendinitis? Is there an aspect of technique that could be done wrong which would cause this?
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