I played a long gig (4 hours) with my band last night. #We actually played about 3 hours worth of music, and took about an hour's worth of intermissions. #We play pretty fast and hard - most of our tunes are fast and very rhythm intensive on the mandolin for me. #When I got home and fell into bed, my right (picking) arm was aching. #It felt comparable to a broken bone - a very bad but dull ache that felt like it was in the bone. #Not like a muscular soreness at all. #I have previously (15 years ago) broken that wrist and sometimes the wrist will ache a bit, but this was pretty much the whole arm. Took a lot of Advil to knock it back. It was bad enough that it kept me from sleeping soundly.
I've experienced this once or twice before, also following a long gig. #This seems to happen after a gig, but never following a practice session. #
Anyone else have anything similar? #Would this just be the result of a longer, more intensive playing session that my arm isn't used to? Am I just getting older?