I have had an injury on my left hand index finger for the past six months and I am here in hopes that someone can help me identify the problem. This injury is only on the fingertip and the pain is relatively minimal. It feels like there is a tiny lump inside my finger that causes me to feel a slight pinch whenever I play. During the past six months, I spent the first two playing through the pain, the second two by flattening my first finger completely (so I could avoid the painful area), and the last two by not playing at all. However, after taking a two month break, I tried playing again a few days ago but the pain was still there. I have seen three doctors (general, hand specialist, sports medicine/music) and gotten both an x-ray and ultrasound on my hand, but all three stated that there seems to be nothing wrong.
When looking at my fingertip, one can easily see that there is a white circle that seems to be under my skin that I can only assume is a callus. I feel the pain when I play over the middle of this circle. This is only on my index finger.
I should also note that I am not a beginner violinist. I am studying violin as an undergrad and have played for over 13 years. However, I did get this injury around the same time I switched over to a new violin. It did have a higher tension initially, but I have since changed the setup (bridge height and lower string tension). I know for a fact that this injury is not tendonitis or nerve damage, which I am very thankful for.
If anyone has any ideas on what type of injury this is or any advice that could speed up recovery, I would be very grateful. I am currently planning on waiting for a few more months before playing again, but not knowing what I am actually waiting for has put a lot of mental stress on me recently.
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