About six weeks ago, pain started developing in the tip joint of my right index finger. I thought it was from typing, and looked forward to a week of vacation, which I figured would help. It did somewhat, but the pain never disappeared, and increased over the following weeks. The joint occasionally crackles and pops, and one side is sensitive to pressure. As a result, I've switched over to pickstyle, and played my first entire gig with a pick last weekend. I've always been primarily a fingerstyle player, but I've used a pick enough to be comfortable with it. I'm afraid it's arthritis, and today a doctor friend told me it probably is. Unless I see real improvement soon, I plan to see a hand specialist. But assuming it is arthritis, does the TB braintrust have any tips or treatment recommendations? I'd like to return to fingerstyle playing if possible, but I'm 42, so I realize I might be starting to confront adjustments like this. Thanks!