Visual Problem never noticed before

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by nickjones, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    Don't know if we have any Doctors ,Eye specialists or anyone who has suffered this sort of problem.
    While rehersing at home last night , I was warming down playing different low notes , and I noticed my left eye was shaking whenever I playing notes lower than a bottom G,and last night had woke up with a bit of a headache , having played Bb Tuba for years I have never noticed anything like this , having changed back to Eb Tuba since Jan , I have not had any problems. just thought I'd post this , has anyone else had the similer sort of problem.
  2. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    It's probably old age Nick! ;)

    Seriously - it's better to get it checked by your GP out just in case.
  3. Steve

    Steve Active Member

    OOhhhhhhh, so playing blind drunk for 4 days will be no problem Nick!!!!
  4. madsaz

    madsaz Member

    Its not the kind of thing that we can easily work out on the internet. When you say your eye was shaking, did you mean your actual eyeball was moving or you eye lid? Do you look downwards when playing low notes?? (sounds wierd, but actually pretty common).

    If it was just your eyelid twitching it's probably nothing at all to worry about. If you eyeball was moving, you certainly need to get it checked out more because theres a differential diagnosis thats not possible to consider on the net. It may all prove to be nothing in particular and the headache may be totally unrelated. I would start with your GP.

    You mentioned a visual problem but then don't mention any problem with your eyesight - I'm assuming you haven't left anything out and in fact your eyesight is fine - any sudden change in eyesight needs seeing urgently.
  5. nickjones

    nickjones Active Member

    It's my eyeball that is shaking when I play low register notes , I have booked an appointment with the Dr , just strange that is happens when I have started back on Eb , I wear Glasses and my left eye is slightly weaker than my right.
    thanks for the advice.
  6. persins

    persins Member

    I've had problems with my ears but not so much my eyes.
    When playing loudly, I often get the feeling that my ears are about to "pop". It's like they are trying to equal the pressure but can't!
  7. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    If theres so many people with playing problems maybe we can start like a clinic for musicians. A musicians injury clinic run by specialists in musical injuries. Be world renowned.

    Seriously though i have when i play sometimes my shoulder has twangs of pain where im resting my trombone. One of the people in my last band complained of repetative strain injury on his wrist.
    Good luck with whatever it is and hopefully you wont have to give up playing cause of it.
  8. persins

    persins Member

    Sounds like a good plan. We'll certainly need to initiate some warnings over the prognosis for RSI!!

    Could be some interesting cures though. Perhaps we should apply for funding from the NHS?!!
  9. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Well with the source of your RSI in mind have you thought about applying for funding from the Daily Sport ;)
  10. madsaz

    madsaz Member

    Funding?? NHS??? You must be joking......

    There are some specialists about in terms of performance related bone and joint problems. There's a guy called Prof Bird, he's a rheumatologist at Leeds with a specialist interest in that kind of thing - see's loads of musicians as well as the highly strung dancer types from the College of Contemporary Dance. He's also interested in joint hypermobility.

    There's a good risk of developing dystonia in any activity with repetitive movements (i.e. writers cramp) which can be a major problem.

    Pain in the shoulder where you rest the trombone suggests some kind of pressure injury - a bit like those horrible callouses I get on my hands both from holding a pen and holding my cornet. The question is, can you find some way of putting something on your shoulder that reduces the pressure without looking like a complete gimp??

    Disturbingly - the chicken fillet inserts that ladies use to falsify their advertisements are exactly the right texture for this, so you could always stick an artificial boob enhancer on your shoulder.

    Ears popping is common - you possibly have a bit of sinus trouble but if painful could have eustachian tube dysfunction. I would guess if you hold your nose, close your mouth and blow hard your ears also feel like they need to pop. This allows you to equalise the pressure inside your ear and out. If doing this causes pain and the ears don't pop, then you may need to see a doctor. Otherwise you could try a (short = no more than 7 days) course of decongestants.
    BTW - this kind of stuff is fairly easy and I quite enjoy messing about with it, but if anyone comes up with serious illness Im going to slink off and hide......

    Sara xx
  11. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    You were practicing at home?!! Whats that all about?!! ;)

    Could it have anything to do you the fact that you were practicing at night? Maybe your eyes were just tired, especially after being in front of a computer all day?

    Good luck with the doctor, tho i'm sure he will send you to get your eyes tested....who will send you back to the doctor......who will insist you need to see an eye person. It's a viscious circle and they're all useless!!
  12. madsaz

    madsaz Member

    don't need a visual acuity test for ocular movements - normal or abnormal, so thats unlikely to happen Nick. Still, nice to hear I'm useless. I will tell that to anyone who tries to refer a patient to me tonight.........
  13. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    well seems we have our own doctor in the house already. Youll have to have private funding for this type of thing then. We can be like the NHS dentists that now only take private patients.

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