I'm a 19 year old musician, playing piano and guitar. I have been experiencing pain and numbness associated with periods of heavy playing. The pain is underneath and towards the outer side (opposite from my thumb) of my wrists, often spreading back towards my elbow and into my pinkie and ring fingers. Those two fingers (on both hands) go numb and my hands become generally weak and clumsy. There has never been any swelling, and heat and ibuprofen ease symptoms.
This first occurred 6 years ago, related to overuse: learning new instrument technique and playing a lot of tennis! I no longer play tennis and am quite secure and playing with good technique, but I play A LOT more piano and guitar now, and symptoms are returning.
From my research, this doesn't seem entirely typical of elbow or wrist tendinitis or CTS, but it is obviously triggered by repetitive motion. Any ideas?
I have experienced relief from symptoms (or at least they don't progress) by wearing ACE brand soft wrist splints at night and during the day (on two hours, off one) when symptoms are at their worst. I realize that I need to see a doctor, but for the time being, should I being anything differently (or additionally)?