RA and sudden hand pain, couldn't hold my pen: Anyone?
I am 76 years old and have had RA since my 40’s. I have done well on methotrexate,my,aquenil, prednisone, and naprosyn. I have some problems with my right wrist—can hardly bend it. And the joint at the base of my thumb is deformed and sometimes painful. However, I was still able to use my hand ok until two days ago. I was signing some cards and when I finished I dropped my pencil and then could not pick it up. I discovered that I could not bend my thumb at the joint nearest the end of my thumb. I tried to write again and cannot hold the pencil like I always have. My thumb will not press on the pencil for me to write. I cannot figure out what happened so fast. One minute I was writing and a few minutes later could not. I have a routine appointment with my rheumatologist on December 21, but I wonder if anyone has had this happen. The joint in my thumb will not bend toward my index finger. I can push it over, but it comes back. It is like the muscle or tendon is not working at all. I am hoping something can be done about it. I can bend all of the other fingers, but the thumb will not go over to make a fist.