Tendons tied into tiny knots
I've recently become aware that my left hand has been acting up. My fingers feel not necessarily stiff, but uncooperative and like they're moving through liquid. I have to warm up a for a good thirty minutes before I feel like I have a good amount of control over my fingers... And once I do, my hand gets tired quickly. I never used to feel it, but running through a piece makes the inside of my wrist feel the way your legs do after 30 squats. It goes away if I pause for a few seconds, though.
No pain, and even though I stopped squeezing a long time ago, I've taken special care to apply the minimum pressure needed and have my fingers at a good angle and so on.
I'm not sure what to think about it. It looks like my muscles are just overworked, but I haven't been practising more than usual, and I'm way too busy to try taking a break right now anyways. Thoughts?
Perhaps time to visit a doctor? With maybe a referral to a hand, or neuromuscular specialist?
Although you say you cannot afford it, it still seems that the natural first thing to do is to give that left hand a rest for a week or two... With much sympathy.
Hopefully this is just a minor irritation and gets better for you in a few weeks. Maybe you could try some ice and ibuprofen which I consider a miracle drug as it cuts pain as well as a very effective antiinflammatory agent.
It’s only the left hand?
I'm looking forward to the holiday break because I need time off from my instruments too. The viola is tearing up my shoulder.
Kind of sounds like a compressed nerve to me. Have you been playing a lot of stuff that requires you to swing your elbow in excessively (such as Sul G sections)?
I second the compressed nerve problem. Don't ignore it or it will get a lot worse. I had to stop out of orchestra only a couple of years into getting good enough to join one because I couldn't physically put in the practice.