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  • paul0r

    December 22, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Welcome to the ranks of the retired: I bailed ten years ago Thanksgiving and life is good. I’d like to draw on my work history to suggest another strategy that could give you even more control/relief than you have now. Salicylic acid (as in Aspirin) is available in a cream form and has some serious advantages. You can apply and rub it in just where you need it and it will not penetrate enough to monkey with your general body chemistry. It has modest effects of both pain relief and reduction of inflammation, and the latter is likely the reason your best efforts hit a wall after some time goes by. You can expect benefit within 20-30 minutes, and the effect will be gone in 2+ hours. I use this myself occasionally, and use it before I practice. CAUTION: There is a product called AsperCream, which comes in two forms. One has salicylate (the good stuff) but the other only has an anesthetic. I would not suggest the anesthetic, since it just masks the pain and keeps you from stopping when you should. If you have questions, I’d be happy to respond. Guitar geeks unite!