Originally Posted by Murmaider
Should I figure out a way to not push on the neck so hard with it when I'm playing
Yes, that's exactly what you should do.
You are pressing down too hard when you fret. Minimal pressure is required. Try pressing down WITHOUT
the thumb on the neck for a couple of minutes. Press down gently until the note rings out clear. This will let you know the exact amount of pressure to apply. Do this on a regular basis until your fingers "get the message" as to how much pressure to apply.