#1
I've been playing acoustic guitar for almost 20 years.

I stopped playing for a few months and my callouses got soft.

I started playing again recently and was surprised by how much it hurt. It almost felt like starting from scratch.

But I persevered and kept playing every day, slowly rebuilding my callouses.

The tip of my middle finger, however, has become so sore that it now hurts to the touch. I experience a really sharp pain even by poking it. I can only play guitar for 5 minutes or so before it becomes too much to bear.

Questions:

WTF?

Has anyone experienced this?

Could this be nerve damage or something?

Should I keep pushing myself to play every day, or is there a risk of making it worse?

Any tips?

Thanks.
#2
Stop playing for a few days and it will go away. This has happened to me too, also on my middle finger.
#3
Yep I've had that same thing on occasion. No clue what it is. Usually goes away in less than a few days.