I currently found myself in real unfortunate condition. 2 weeks ago, when I was training I loaded so hard on my pinky and other day I had little pain on my finger. I did not realize that some thing was going wrong and I kept training. Then, my pinky went totaly numb. I stopped playing guitar then. I do not feel any numbness recently but when I try to play guitar my pinky starts hurting again. I talked with doctor, he said there not any nerve damage but he cannot estimate the recovery time, it could take long time. Is there anyone had same problem before?
These injuries usually do recover if we are careful, maybe just a few weeks or so. When I had a painful index finger, I tried a couple of easyish pieces with the other three fingers (not wanting to mess up the regular pieces) and worked at some right hand techniques.
On coming back to regular practice you might make things easier for a while with lowered action , use of a capo and lower tension strings