Not sure whats happening. Any ideas??

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Coehlers95, May 26, 2015.

  1. Coehlers95

    Coehlers95 New Friend

    Jul 12, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hey guys... So I wanna start by saying whats been happening has been unusual for me. Im a college trumpet major just finished my second year 2 weeks ago. For the past few months Ive been having some serious breathing issues and went to the doctor and they said I am only taking in about 40% of the amount of air that the average 20yr old fit male should be. Obviously thats a pretty big issue and they told me that I should take a break from playing trumpet and that maybe its not the career choice for me if I have health issues. well I certainly am not paying attention to that. I couldnt take a break cause I have dozens of gigs as well as juries and school concerts. Plus I have been super stressed, not eating right, not exercising, taking in way too much caffeine which is what I think was wrong...

    So once I was done with school I took a little over a week off from playing my trumpet. I hating every hour of it because I love playing more anything but I thought it would be best. I started eating better, slowed down the coffee drinking, doing some yoga and relaxing. My breathing has dramatically improved. So last week I took out the horn to get back into it and not surprisingly things felt pretty out of shape and bad. While coming back I am also trying to play with a lott less pressure. Not that I was a big pressure player before but I really want to play with as little as possible. So its been a little over a week now playing everyday and its not feeling any better. whatsoever. My low register sounds great, better than its ever been, middle register it literally feels uncomfortable and the upper register is terrible and I feel like back to a little kid trying to play a high C, and I had a really solid F above high C a few weeks ago and now I cant play like an E in the staff. I've been working so much on my fundamentals especially playing quiet long tones and low relaxing notes. and I still feel terrible.

    Im just looking for some guidance here. if any of you have expirienced this or have any advice please help!

  2. SteveRicks

    SteveRicks Fortissimo User

    Aug 15, 2009
    First, we would NEVER want to contradict your doctors. They are the professionals in medicine, not us. By the way, there are several doctors that post here so maybe they will add comments. Second, we understand the disappointment that possibly having to

    First, I would want to know what is causing me from taking in the proper amount of air. Can it be corrected? While you said they indicated trumpet may not be a good career choice, you would want to be sure you understood any dangers or potential issues that could occur if you continue to play.

    If you do have limited breathing and decide to continue, you might want to consider a medium or small bore horn that plays similar to such. (note, bore isn't the only determiner- Maynard played a Connstellation for years- small bore- but horn played like a large bore). Anyway, just an option.
  3. Coehlers95

    Coehlers95 New Friend

    Jul 12, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    well yes I understand that doctors are professionals at what they do but based on the way I am feeling I am quite positive its not actually asthma and not a serious health issue. I was under a lot... and I mean a lot of stress, eating about a meal a day and consuming about 48oz of espresso a day. since thats changed and I've gotten a proper diet and amount of sleep my feel back to my normal self. I do have a follow up appointment but Im sure the doctor will agree that is was stress and diet related.
  4. Tomaso

    Tomaso Pianissimo User

    Oct 2, 2014
    New York City
    Unless the doctor you went to was a pulmonary specialist (and there are such professionals - just Google "pulmonary specialist - name of my town or city") do not believe his vital capacity comments. I'm sure he means well but if you are having breathing problems you owe yourself a pulmonary workup with a specialist, who very likely will find the cause and recommend treatment.
    And do not, repeat DO NOT, make your own diagnosis. That's dopey, always inaccurate, and reflects your natural desire to not have something serious.

    Dr. Thomas/Tomaso
  5. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    I have read about a seeming similar experience in the Journal Chest. Here is what I suggest doing. Do stop trumpet playing for about 6 weeks, and repeat the testing by your physician. If your response goes from 40% back to 100%, then your horn is the cause. In this case you have a good chance of having interstitial pneumonitis. This is caused not by the horn, but by the critters living inside the horn. This condition is completely reversible while still being able to play the horn IF you do a monthly cleaning with a 91% Isopropyl alcohol rinse. This was medically proven to stop and reverse the pneumonitis experienced by brass players. I would say it is worth a try.
  6. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Could he buzz his mpc (in a towel of course ;-) )?
  7. amzi

    amzi Forte User

    Feb 18, 2010
    Northern California
    Hey Doc Gary--
    I make my own sanitizer out of Vodka and Mint flavored mouthwash. 6 parts 80 proof Vodka, 2 parts mouthwash (14.3% alcohol by weight). I figure if it doesn't kill 'em they'll be to blitzed to bother me. And they'll have fresh breath too.

    Seriously--Coehlers95, if your doctor says that you have respiratory problems have him or her refer you to a pulmonologist. There are treatments and medications that can help. Also, take gmonady's advice (he's a physician by the way) and has given me good advice a couple of times.

    Actually, he's given me good advise every time, but he's only given me advice twice.
  8. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Cannot argue with that logic.

    Careful there as you get what you pay for.:lol:
    Just glad I can help. I do try to listen well to all I advise as through great listening comes great advice.
  9. cfkid

    cfkid Pianissimo User

    Jul 24, 2013
    First, listen to the docs, including gmonady. He's a lung expert and treats people like me who have chronic lung disease. Now, I can't fix your problem, but if my numbers were 40% for any of my pulmonary functions testing I would have significant issues walking, climbing steps, etc. Oh, and most of those numbers are based on your size more than age, height and weight are a big piece of it. Anyway, I hope you get it figured out.


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