pressures while playing

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  1. Gary Garcia

    Gary Garcia Pianissimo User

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    I've recently had a mild stroke.some of my friends and wife don't think I should play because of the pressure while blowing and holding my breath.Does anyone have information that can help me.Thx-Gar
     
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Gary,

    Absolutely NO ONE here can tell you what is best for you!

    You MUST consult with your doctor for the only answer that is valid.

    Again, WE CAN NOT HELP YOU!

    Please see your doctor.
     
  3. s.coomer

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    Solar Bell is so right talk to your doctor or find a doctor who plays and ask.
     
  4. gbdeamer

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    Best of luck with your recovery Gary. Speak to your doctor in detail about playing the horn. Bring your horn with you the next time you have a visit and show him how you play. Let him decide whether or not you have to quit.

    Don't trust your health to a bunch of clowns like us on the internet...
     
  5. rowuk

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    Gary,
    a good (tuba playing) friend of mine had a stroke and was partially lamed on his left side and had a pretty serious speech deficiency.

    Once the doctor cleared him, we started with long tones, easy slurs (that were not easy) and easy tunes out of a hymnbook. It took 2 months before he could play in our local wind band again, but the playing came up to speed faster than his speech.

    There is nothing inherently unhealthy about a low impact approach to brass playing. Chuck makes a very important point - your doctor must be involved beforehand.
     
  6. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    G'day Gary - all really good advice - good luck with your Doctor (and the potential Tuba) ;-). We are good with advice, no so with medical opinion.

    (Tuba - the velvet cushion upon which the band sits). Unk
     
  7. Sofus

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    Hey Gary!

    It´s a good thing that your joy of playing is intact!

    Talking to a doctor is a must, and when you do, maybe
    you should ask him what the difference in blood pressure
    in the head will be when playing compared to lying down.
    When you´re standing up, the blood pressure in the head
    ought to be lower than when lying down, so maybe playing
    could be be compared to lying down. After all, although we
    think that we blow very hard, the actual air pressure in our
    lungs is quite modest.

    Good Luck!
     
  8. Gary Garcia

    Gary Garcia Pianissimo User

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    Thank you all for your concern and responding.I am taking it slow --Gar
     
  9. gzent

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    Its all about quality of life.

    If playing the trumpet is very important then why let a doctor who likely has no understanding of trumpet playing decide for you?

    If it were me I would ask some trumpet playing friends who are MD's what they thought of it.

    One of the first I would ask is Dr. Dave Harrison, inventor of the Wedge mouthpiece:

    Contact

    Greg
     
  10. Markie

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    Be sure to get the OK from you Dr.
     

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