I've been out of it about ten years, and just caught the bug to play again. And I've been practicing nearly every night - voraciously. Rough as hell, but improving slowly. So, my left pinky tip is all swelled up, and that last knuckle at the end of it is kind of tender. I've stopped using it, and I'm sure that fretting with that finger has triggered it. For the time being, I'm down to three fingers. Has anyone ever had that? At first I thought it was arthritis, and maybe it is, but I suppose I might have twisted or fractured it? If it doesn't settle down soon, I'll go see the doctor.