I'm 60 yo, played guitar my whole life - just not very well. Open chords. 4 years ago, I got serious - 2 hours a day practice - 4 hours on weekends. I play electric blues. I mainly play sitting on a stool.
Last Christmas, I opened a pickle jar and hurt both wrists. I can't find a way back healthy. Went to hand specialists at the Duke University medical complex in Durham, North Carolina in the USA. X-rays show some arthritis but nothing more that what would be expected. I'm working with an OT. Took steroid packs. I quit playing 2 weeks ago and they got better - quite a bit. Practice for 1/2 hour and I can feel the soreness. I'm very careful about warming up stretching, not pressing too hard, minimizing wrist bend… all the normal stuff. Bones says I've got worn tires and I shouldn't waste the remaining tread on exercises for strength. Although he doesn't know really what to do.
My question. Is there anyone out there that is older, had a similar problem and found a way out. I'm at the point of quitting. I can't tell you how much that would cost me - maybe more than I have in the bank or can borrow. Pretty serious here.