Okay, let’s sum this up! I started practicing Cardistry 13 days ago, or maybe 12 since the first thing I wanted to learn was the Riffle Shuffle. I spent like 2-4 hours practicing the Riffle Shuffle until my thumb and index finger hurt like hell. I even had bruises on the top of my index fingers. I also had a sore thumb for a couple of days, can’t really remember.
Then I learned the Charlier cut, Revolution cut and one handed fan with both hands, without major problems. Just some minor muscle soreness. But the huge problem began when I tried the Card Spring with a bit stiff deck, about 7 days ago. I soon as I tried it I could feel pain in my end joint at the thumb(Interphalangeal). And I was dumb enough to continue practicing for a few more attempts. I did it like 15-25 times, and that’s all. I then stopped practicing Card Spring and focused on one handed cuts.
BUT THEN, the pain didn’t get better and I stopped using the cards all together for 3 days or so. And that’s where I am now. The pain has spread from the end joint in the thumb to almost my whole thumb(the pain is not that bad at the moment, just if I do certain grips or push at different parts of the thumb.) And this is in BOTH thumbs/hands! I haven’t even practice the spring with my left hand! I also have pain in my left wrist since this morning after some stretching…
Is it carpal tunnel syndrome? Is it an inflammation? Did the intense riffle shuffle practice cause this? Or was it the not so intense card spring practice?
Have anyone else experienced anything like this?
I’m so annoyed! I finally find a hobby that I really enjoy and then this happens, and it’s my own fault
Thanks for your help!