since the summer of '08, i have been having issues with my middle finger of my left hand. I won't go into major detail, but I will say that it's not working like it use to. The condition is mainly apparent when I play the horn. In September, I had a facsiaectomy on my left forearm. The day following the surgery, I played for 2 hours with no pain or movement trouble. I was in heaven. Near the end of the session, the condition started to creep back in so I stopped. I went back for follow ups and an EMG. The nerve test said everything was OK. My original Dr. referred me to another Dr. in the hand/arm practice because he was baffeled. I met with him yesterday. he has a history, how long I do not know, of working with musicians. He informed me that I have focal dystonia. My heart sank because I thought I was going to get an answer to my ailment. My only consolation is that he told me that it has happened to many musicians before me. He suggested physical exercises and perhaps counseling. I am at the end of my rope. I can no longer only play slow tunes in certain keys. I can no longer play mouthpiece exercises for 30 minutes day and be satisfied. I can no longer hope that tomorrow will be better. Has anybody else suffered from this or is currently dealing with it? As of today, I'll keep at it despite thoughts of calling it quits.