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Postby jpmadigan » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:24 am

I am a high school tuba player, and I have a problem. I have All State Band Auditions on January 5th, and I am having problems with my embochure/face. Under my lip, right around where my mouthpiece rests when I play, I have a fairly big bump/bruise, and it is inhibiting my playing. I don’t know the cause, but I’m thinking that it was caused by increased practicing I’m having a hard time playing in the upper range, due to the bruise, which is a big problem due to my audition being near. I would greatly appreciate any help that anyone could give me regarding treatment or any of that.
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Re: Help Would be Appreciated

Postby BopEuph » Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:54 am

Sounds more like it's acne or something related showing up. Could have been caused by a clogged pore from the larger amount of practicing.

I'm no doctor, not is anybody here, so nobody will likely give you much medical advice. If you think it's more serious, maybe a doctor's visit. Either way, you're probably stuck with that pain (edit: stuck with it until after the audition). Just make sure you're not using pressure to play high.
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Re: Help Would be Appreciated

Postby paulver » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:40 am

First thing...... go see a doctor asap to get the proper help...... possibly a dermatologist. You need to find out what the issue is from someone who can properly identify it and treat it.

Secondly...... if you're in some kind of outer tissue pain while playing, as an emergency fix.... only to get you through the audition, I'd try putting Anbesol on the area. It'll numb the spot in just a few moments. Don't put it directly on the lip, but just on the problem spot. I'm not a medical person in any way, but over the years as a band director, I've had countless kids with cold sore issues, chapped lip issues, cuts, split lips, bruises, etc., who needed to just get through a show, concert, or audition, and that provided just enough temporary comfort to get them by.

If you don't feel comfortable with that idea, then by all means...... don't try it.
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Re: Help Would be Appreciated

Postby Radar » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:07 am

I would second seeing a Doctor and identifying what it actually is, and the best treatment. If it is an actual bruise icing it might help, but someone with some medical training would be best to make that determination.
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Re: Help Would be Appreciated

Postby toobagrowl » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:01 pm

Back when I was in HS I would occasionally get acne or a sore on my lips - often right on the edge where the mpc would rub against it - and it would HURT like crazy. Lots of sensitive nerves right there!
After brushing my teeth and lips to clean them, I would put a little dab of Orajel on the problem spot to numb it. That seemed to be the best 'quick fix' for me :idea:
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Re: Help Would be Appreciated

Postby bloke » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:07 pm

Ask your doctor whether you have an excessive-pressure-caused bruise, an infected pore, an allergy, or something else.

Many of us have experienced this/that/the-other, but we don't know what your problem is and - generally - are not medical experts at all...' mostly just fat people with tubas.
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Re: Help Would be Appreciated

Postby iiipopes » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:50 pm

bloke wrote:...' mostly just fat people with tubas.

Hey! I resemble that remark! :tuba:
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Re: Help Would be Appreciated

Postby bort » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:16 pm

What ended up happening?
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