I am a new rock climber at the age of 30 and I have been climbing (and bouldering) twice a week for two months now (one session bouldering and one session in the wall). I have lately been feeling some soreness around the A2 and A3 pulley (see figure) below.
The symptoms I experience is a strange stiffness in the morning which makes it hard to bend my fingers, and when they bend, it feels somewhat strange, as if something was moving around in the A2/C1/A3 area. The same area is also slightly tender. However, I have no pain in these areas while climbing.
Figure courtesy of Training for Climbing, by Eric J. Horst (via Finger Tendon Pulley Injury).
My question is therefore:
What are symptoms of climber's finger?
I want to continue climbing, as often as possible, and at least twice a week. But is this sustainable, given the current situation, or do I need to take a break from climbing?