I have been playing guitar and bass for about 20 years now and I have noticed that sometimes, particularly in the last five years, I will do something with my fretting hand that causes a sharp pain in the finger that leaves the tip very sensitive for a few days and makes practice or playing ( or indeed even typing ) with that finger uncomfortable.
The pain is sharp and feels like it happens a little way into the finger tip - maybe level with the tip of the fingernail. It feels a bit like a long splinter in the fingertip, but there is no mark on the skin.
It's not the same thing as callousing- I have been playing for long enough that my fingertips are fairly tough and my technique is good enough that I don't press very hard.
I notice this tends to happen more on heavier strings - on bass or acoustic guitar more than on electric.
I'm not seeking serious medical advice here- this has happened often enough that I'm pretty sure it's nothing significant - but I would like to know whether any other musicians are familiar with the experience and if so whether anyone has managed to pin down a cause. I can't work out quite what it is I'm doing to cause this discomfort ( I guess I'm pressing too hard or landing a finger on the fret or something, but really not certain ) which makes it hard to avoid.