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One of the most daunting things that could happen to a musician is the unwelcoming detection of physical pain.
I'm no doctor or physiotherapist, so I can't tell you how to deal with pain physically and medically. However what I can advise is don't ignore it, but also don't be upset about it.
Recently I've been hooked onto ballerinas. The way they move, walk, jump, and express themselves through dance fascinates me. Relating back to this post, it made me think, they're working with a constantly changing variable - their body, everyday. But then again, I guess you could say the same to strings, winds and brass players going out of tune easily, plus pianists shifting instruments in different locations. All examples are valid supporting evidence to pain being the equivalent changing variable in our bodies. When something is out of tune, it's obvious to adjust it and make it in tune. The same awareness should be dealt with pain. Don't just let it reside in your muscles and wish it'll go away. Think what you're doing that may be the cause. From there, understand your anatomical structure and learn to intelligently 'experiment' with different ways of playing that will lessen your pain (and potentially give you a better sound quality too.)