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A super long time ago I posted about having pain in my drawing/writing arm. It was 10 years ago as of this past March, and the pain has started getting consistently worse after years of being stagnant.

So I said fuck you lil arm and fuck you everyone who just looked at me sadly when I complained about pain, and I went to an acupuncture doctor! After a full decade of chronic pain, he diagnosed me with lateral epicondylitis (aka tennis elbow, without the elbow pain). Basically, there's some tissue where the muscle connects to the bone that's torn, and it can't heal because I continue to do the things that originally damaged it. I've been prepared to deal with this pain for the rest of my life, but when I asked the doctor if I could even be pain-free he just said lol yea

Just. omg

So I have to relearn how to hold a pencil and draw with my arm instead of wrist, and a few other extremely minor things in comparison to everything I had to give up to continue drawing (using a mouse, basically using my hands for anything, carrying anything with my fingers, etc)

I just wanna put this out into the universe, because probably 70% of the artists I know have complained of wrist or arm pain. If you've developed pain from art, overwork, weird habits, or anything, it's probably possible to deal with without just giving up art. I went to a Chinese medicine doctor because it's been way more successful for me than western medicine, with every issue I've ever had (menstrual pain, nerve issues, and sports injuries), and also because it's way cheaper lol

I've spent the last half of my 20s healing from various issues, emotional and physical. Our bodies and minds what to heal and be healthy; they don't want to experience pain. We get a lot of weird ideas and habits from our parents, like my mom who was too poor and busy to visit the doctor growing up, and my dad who doesn't know how to rest.

This is kind of a mind dump but I wanted to put it out there in case there's anyone else like me out there that it can potentially resonate with. !!!
  • Reading: Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Ashley Vanstone
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
☆ Snake | Aries | INTP | Hufflepuff
☆ Canadian artist ~ animator + illustrator
☆ Aliases: ashkey, Yamidog, Yam
☆ Drawing srsly since I was 10 years old



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Techno-Universal Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh so are you open to requests/art trades/collabs? :)
ashkey Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Not at the moment, but thanks for asking ^_^
ShadowEclipex Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Happy Birthday,
From all of us to you!!~
We wish it was our Birthday,
So we could party too!!~
Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D  Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D
ashkey Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ^_^
ShadowEclipex Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome indeed!!~
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