Damaged Lip, What do i do ?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Red Kite, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Red Kite

    Red Kite Member

    A few weeks ago I had a very sharp pain on the inside of my lip whilst playing strenuously. It was like being stabbed and i couldn’t play properly after that without further pain. I took it easy for the next 3 weeks and managed to play in the finals at Harrogate but even then had to be careful.
    As this has happened a couple of times over the last 5 years I was considering giving up the Soprano after the finals. I thought moving to a bigger mouthpiece, Euph size or bigger might be OK. Unfortunately? I got some good reviews so feel I ought to give it one more try.

    I haven’t played since, I think it may be a torn lip muscle and intend to rest and let it recover fully this time before embarking on a gradual return to playing, long notes etc.
    I was going to give it a couple of months but wonder if this is too long to go without playing at all, should I just have a couple of minutes every few days after a few weeks.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience ?

    I would welcome any ideas or suggestions to mull over before I leave it too late.
  2. Di

    Di Active Member

    Ouch, sounds nasty. Have you discussed this with your GP?
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    If you haven't yet been to your doctor I would advise you to do so!
  4. Red Kite

    Red Kite Member

    No, i hadnt thought about that.

    I just considered it like a sports injury, self inflicted and a bit specialised, where you need a recovery plan.
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    That's exactly why you need the problem professionally diagnosed!
  6. glitzy

    glitzy Member

    errrrr go to a doctor....I had something similar a few years back and it was a tiny cyst. It hurt like hell and I had to stop playing for a few weeks. You need to get it checked out....maybe have a look at NHSdirect.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2006
  7. BeatTheSheep

    BeatTheSheep Member

    Be warned - I had this in 1997, and I ended up on Bass for a year or two, and there's still a weakness there in the muscle that I think I may have to specially practice for in future when I go back to playing.

    It sounds scarily like an embouchure collapse. I hope it isnt for your sake
  8. persins

    persins Member

    I helped out Bournemouth on Pinewalk this summer and after playing for two concerts per day for 5 days, I began to get a pain in my cheek / gums. It felt a bit like just normal toothache. Within 4 hours, I looked like I was chewing a golf ball and was in agony!

    After going to all the emergency drs and dentists, and going through painkillers and antibiotics like you wouldn't believe, the swelling and pain went away.
    They all said it was just a normal abcess but I began to get the same pain following a fairly intensive concert with Woodfalls the other day. (Nothing like as bad as before though, thankfully!)

    I have tried easing off on playing since and am almost scared to let rip and give it some proper welly in future in case I end up like that again.

    Not quite the same as Red Kite but similar enough to mention!
  9. stephenmrry

    stephenmrry Member

    Happened to me something similar over a summer school during summer intense rehersals for a week and after three days got bad pain in lip i used bongella on it and it healed in no time but it wasnt the first time it happened me either happened year before! Could it be related to the way the mouthpiece is positioned on ur lips! For me i have been told it is more than likely that!

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