I started learning the guitar (left handed) as my new years resolution and am absolutely loving it.
For a couple of years, I've had a cyst in the middle of the palm of my right hand (my fretting hand). It doesn't usually bother me, but as I've been playing more and more, it really gets quite sore after playing. I'm not sure whether this is part of standard hand pain for a guitarist, or whether to be more concerned. There seems 100's of articles about wrist cysts (e.g. here), but little on issues with the palm. I need my hands to work, so need to keep them in good condition!
I've been considering changing to play right handed to try avoid aggravating the issue, but am not sure. I've tried turning my guitar upside down and although it feels awkward, I think I could manage it. I have read several accounts of left handers having issues with rhythm and fine control when changing over, but many also doing just fine. It would mean losing 8 months hard practice to virtually start again + the expense of new guitar, but it might mean I can play without "days off".
Any ideas what I should do please?
P.s. I don't consider this a duplicate because I'm not asking 'can I play right handed?', but 'given the issue with my hand; should I?'
Following the excellent responses (upvoted): The doc won't take any action, preferring the 'wait and see' approach, however it was too painful to play, so I bought a right handed guitar.
Progress Week 1:
My wrist flexibility needs a lot of work and I need to build up some hard skin on those fresh fingertips! However, I've been surprised by how much of my learning has been theory that could quickly translate over. My right hand has rhythm as most of that seems to be in the head, though it will take a little while to start hitting the strings as nicely.
Progress week 5 (final update)
While it was undoubtedly frustrating to start, within about 3 weeks I was back to the level I was at with my left hand. Another 2 weeks on from that and I'm now considerably above where I was. I can play for long periods and my right hand doesn't bother me at all. Holding a pick is nowhere near as strenuous on the hand as fretting. It's saves me having to rethink every right handed tutorial to left handedness and there's now a larger range of guitars to choose from too :). Overall, I've been really pleased I made the change.