I saw my Dr yesterday and I have arthritis in both hands and wrists, including a really owie bone spur in my pinkie. This explains the pain when washing my hands, etc, for about six months now. It's scary to have more hand pain, and continue losing function.
Also my doc is retiring. He's seen me every 1-2 months for 16 years. I hope I'll find a good Dr to continue my care but no one can replace him. He was my safe place in the medical world and guide to adulthood with chronic pain. And a kind, caring man. I will miss him greatly.