Im finding that fretting with my poi ter finger sends a bolt of pain through my forearm. My ring finger is healing from being smashed in a car door and torn open in the process. Its just my pointer though that causes significant pain to use, I assume its from over use. I use my pointer for all bar chords and as the statting point for almost anything I'm doing on the fret board. I use .12-52s on my strat, .10-49 on my SG and .13s on my acoustic. I just restrung my acoustic with .12- 49(old strings) solely because it is killi g my arm to make a bar chord or do much fretting with my pointer. Lifes throwing me under the bus lately... More so than usual. I cant afford a god damn thing, but at least bills are paid and i have food- oh and a phone i suppose. I always think, 'at least i can play my guitars'. **** me, life just has to keep kicking eben when I'm down. It hurts my arm to practice. I'm working on songs of my own, a friends, and just practicing in general but Im having a hard time for a few reasons. A. My pointer finger causes my muscles to burn B. My ring finger is stiff, doesnt want to bend and wehn it does the cut rips open and i start bleeding again. C. Its 88 degrees in here and I'm from Minnesota. Im sad to say i havent been playing slide so much lately because I've been developing my fingerstyle to a more practical level. Im supposed to play with a friend of mine on Sunday but i need to practice and make up the new parts.