#1
Been playing for two and a half years. I've played for even several hours a day and never had such a pain. After i got my new guitar in December last year i started playing more again and in February i started experiencing strange pain in my fingertips. It wasn't the regular skin pain you get when you start playing guitar. Ok so i hurt my ring finger and it's still not healed enough to play. Now when i play guitar, my fingertips hurt. The pain is strange and feels it's not in the skin but underneath it like in the bone or muscle or nerve whatever is beneath the fingertip. index finger hurts the most and I don't know why it never got much callouses. I was doing a vibrato with it and while moving the string it felt like the callouse was moving independent of the finger and was pressing on bone or nerves underneath and smashing and pressing them. A little help here would be appreciated. The pain is not in the skin. Help me please.
#2
I sometimes get a similar thing, but only very mild, when I practice something new on an acoustic with medium strings. As I understand, it isn't just callouses, the nerves also retreat from the surface  as you play more. So I assume that what you and I experience is the now-deeper-seated nerves protesting.
#4
Quote by jerrykramskoy
How hard are you fretting on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is barely touching the string, and 10 is pressing as hard as you can?

I press only as much as needed now. Applying minimal pressure. But as you know bends and vibratos require more pressure. So pressure is up to the mark.
#5
Quote by Tony Done
I sometimes get a similar thing, but only very mild, when I practice something new on an acoustic with medium strings. As I understand, it isn't just callouses, the nerves also retreat from the surface  as you play more. So I assume that what you and I experience is the now-deeper-seated nerves protesting.
Quote by Tony Done
I sometimes get a similar thing, but only very mild, when I practice something new on an acoustic with medium strings. As I understand, it isn't just callouses, the nerves also retreat from the surface  as you play more. So I assume that what you and I experience is the now-deeper-seated nerves protesting.

My ring finger still hasn't recovered from the injury that happened in February.
#6
Have you taken any rest? If not, take a couple days off and see if it's any better.

You should also look at the string action to see if it might be set too high.

What string gauge do you use? Acoustic or electric?
#7
Quote by cdgraves
Have you taken any rest? If not, take a couple days off and see if it's any better.

You should also look at the string action to see if it might be set too high.

What string gauge do you use? Acoustic or electric?

I haven't touched that finger on a string from 5 months and also i took a couple of weeks off here and there.
One thing that the finger again got hit by something a couple of months back and the condition got worse.
#9
rohan2395 Have you gone to a doctor? Got to be better than a guitar forum for this stuff.
#10
Normal pain I would say suck it up and get through it, but this sounds like it needs the attention of a specialist.
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#11
SanDune65
I don't know which doctor to go to. I went to a physician and he asked to take rest and some medicine which didn't help. I'm thinking about visiting a neurologist or maybe a muscle injury specialist.
#12
Visited a very experienced skin specialist and he pressed the fingertip and looked at it and told me that it's an infection. He gave me some medicine and asked me to dip my hand in warm water for 10 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. And check back after 2 days.
#14
I hope it works, too.

I'll just tell a little story that might help others...

A few years back I noticed an issue with the first joint behind the fingernail of my left index finger; it only happened when playing solos above about the 12th fret and had that "funny feeling" as if telling me, "You keep doing this and something bad is going to happen". It bugged me that in the previous decades of playing I had been fortunate not to ever have had any issues. The joint hurt both when the finger tip was pressed and when the end of the finger was pushed sideways toward the other fingers...

I decided that the cause was likely a repeated stress injury and began to examine any recent new uses of that finger. I resolved to make a mental note to myself that every time I touched that finger to something I would stop and ask myself if this was something new that I had not been doing before the pain developed.

It was not long at all before I took a sip of coffee from the big oversize porcelain coffee cup that my niece had recently given me for my birthday with my name and a guitar painted on it, sporting a tiny loop handle that only my index and second fingers could fit through, with the index bearing most of the load, pressing my finger sideways. I switched back to using my old light little coffee cups, stopped looking for repeat finger contact instances, and in about a week all was back to normal... almost.

There was still a little pain, so I resumed my check for repetitive finger stress and soon found the other one... the flush handle of my toilet. The thing had been in need of a replacement of the float ball and valve thingy recently, and I had been ignoring fixing it and just holding down the flush handle for the duration of the flush, with my index finger tip, for about 10 seconds each time. I fixed it and started using two fingers to push the handle, and the remaining part of the finger pain was gone after a few more days.

So, when you experience a new pain, stop and begin an investigation of new stresses; then eliminate those to see if it gets all better.
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