My upper lip working at rehearsal all of a sudden yesterday, and my tone got all airy and I stopped playing immediately to avoid further damage. Lips weren't even tired! It mostly recovered today.
Last week I did 4 performances at my college, and I guess I reached that threshold this week. I guess I'd better take it easy whenever I do a string of performances.
The lip pain is kind of like sore legs -- you can keep walking and still feel pain, but as long as it's done carefully the pain never gets out of control. So it is with my trumpet playing. If I play anything more than a very light session of playing, my lips get an appearance of being bruised... looks worse than it feels, honestly. My lips never look pretty, though.
Any advice on seeing a doc? It's not a mouthpiece allergy, I don't think, as I once put a mp on my lips for an hour with no effect. The "pain" seems to come from the VIBRATIONS of the mouthpiece, not pressure. I don't use much pressure, and in fact, I can play a fortissimo low C with almost zero pressure and it will sometimes cause some pain. Should I visit a regular physician first for a referral, or immediately try to find someone more specialized? I don't want to go through too many co-pays, deductibles, and I hope they can find the problem....