Re: Dealing with pain while playing
I can talk with real knowledge about playing with pain. I've been dealing with shoulder muscular pain for about 3-4 months. I'm gettin' rid of it just now with physio, but I still play through pain. I'd say sometimes it bugs me a lot, especially when I have to hit overheads. The serve is also weaker and I'm hitting a considerable number of DFs because of it. Even if I wanna go for it, I still feel that sting when I have to accelerate the racket. It's mentally exhausting, knowing it gets worse the more you play, but it also makes you adapt. At least I feel nothing when I'm through baseline exchanges and net approaches.
I hope that during the next 3-4 weeks I can get rid of it.
I'd say anti-inflammatories are the best way to go for chronic pains. I've taken even Arcoxia (with prescription of course), but it was heavy on the kidneys, so I stopped after the time required by the doc.