I was hoping I could get some advice from more experienced players, musicians about this issue I'm currently suffering.
I'm an 18-year-old girl who plays guitar. In fact, lately I had been playing for long hours a day (8 to 10 when possible). I started to notice that I woke up with stiff fingers. I could perfectly move them but it felt like they were swollen. They did not look swollen, just felt like it. The next weird thing I noticed was that when I started playing my left (fretting) hand went numb. Not completely "asleep", but kind of numb. I continued playing and it quickly went away. That didn't happen again for a couple of weeks.
Fast forward to yesterday, I woke up with stiff fingers as always, but this time when I started playing I felt that numbness once again, and I got a little scared, so I made some research and I found out about CTS and other similar conditions. I immediately stopped playing.
I don't feel pain whatsoever, just a little uncomfortable in the base of the thumb. What I do feel sometimes is that tingling feeling, but not just on three fingers but on my whole hand. Sometimes I feel it also in my right (non-fretting) hand, just not as much.
I'm going to the doctor tomorrow, but I wanted to have also another musicians opinions, and a bit of encouragement also, because I want to study guitar in the near future and I feel like this is going to ruin everything.
Sorry for the long rant. Thank you in advanced to everyone.