sinus pressure

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Mike J, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Mike J

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    I have a major problem with sinus pressure the day after playing a challenging job (upper register playing). I've been examined by an Eye,Ear, Nose and throat specialist and have had an MRI done and everything came back normal. The only way I can describe the symptoms is that it's like suffering on the 3rd and 4th day of a hangover. Major sinus pressure and light-headedness. Anyone out there experience this? The symptoms lessen between jobs.
     
  2. harveyhassanator

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    Ive never heard of this but, im wondering whether its to do with how your blowing. if your squeezing your throat (which you shouldnt atal) tightly, this could result in the head. i have extremely low blood pressure and pass out when standing up for example :p but, very rarely, do i feel light-headed even when playing extremely loud for long periods of time. im not an expert but im sure your just looking for suggestions and thats mine put forward. im sure others will have other ideas :)
     
  3. Markie

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  4. hahkeystah

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    markie's advice is sound, unless it's congenital. have you had this problem since day one, or do you remember when it first started?
     
  5. Mike J

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    My sinus pressure started back in 2004. I was diagnosed with a sinus infection (resulting from chronic sinusitis and a deviated septum)and had sinus surgery which consisted of a septolasty, bilateral endoscopic ethmoidectomy and a maxillary antrostomy. I waited until the packing was removed and carefully started to practice again. The pressure returned.
    I'm wondering if it is possible the pressure might have something to do with backpressure that is created from practicing with a harmon mute (to keep the noise down)
     
  6. hahkeystah

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    good question, i have 3 roommates, so i always practice with a mute too. i haven't had that problem yet, but if you say the problem started before your sinus infection? then i guess i'll wait till one of the moderators steps in and sets us all straight... lol sorry bud, i jsut don't know
     
  7. Markie

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    mike j asks:
    I'm wondering if it is possible the pressure might have something to do with backpressure that is created from practicing with a harmon mute (to keep the noise down)
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    I kinda doubt it Mike. Many many people(including myself) for years have used harmons and silent brass mutes to practice quietly. The frequency of this type of question would be in the hundreds on TM if that were the case.
    Give what I'm suggesting a couple of weeks and then check back.
     
  8. rowuk

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    If you haven't really earned the upper register, you will twist your face around to play high. That normally means more mouthpiece pressure to squeeze the chops off and then blowing harder to get the strangulated chops buzzing again. You would not be alone with this situation.

    The solution is to rethink and retrain upstairs with much less brute force. Then the lips vibrate more freely and do not need a compressor to even function.
     
  9. Asher S

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    Maybe it's not your sinus. There are many causes of head/facial pain, including pain over a sinus area. Perhaps a generalist/internist would be helpful. Medical advice given semi-anonymously over the internet is not a good thing.
     

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