5-6 weeks ago I had nothing. I meet with one of my customers and he shakes my hand, and a bolt of lightning goes through my right hand. I almost had to scream out, but I held it in. My right pinky 2cd knuckle I can barely touch. Now my left thumb and ring and middle finger on my left hand. 2 nights ago I could not even play an open D minor chord. Saw a specialist last week, and he said its just "normal" arthritis for my age, and at 55, I am lucky I did not have some 10 years ago. (I have had it in my back since my 30s from racing motorcycles and volleyball, but no where else) I have to get an x ray for a "base test", but it does not seem normal to me. From zero to this in 6 weeks???? I was tested for lime, negative. Full physical with extra blood work. Everything normal. Am I done playing guitar? Advil does nothing. Right now it hurts BAD to close my left hand. I am seriously bummed and worried. 5 weeks ago when it was just my right pinky, I figured if the pain did not go away and it stayed that bad, I could just have it cut off. Its just a pinky. But now its both hands and I want to play guitar. Any thoughts, suggestions, others experience anything even remotely similar? Thanks in advance for any help. Tonight I played for about an hour pretty much pain free, taking care to press as lightly as I could with my left hand, but an hour later it would really hurt to bend with my 3rd finger. I do not need any additional worries in my life right now. I have plenty of them already. Can this go away as fast as it came, or am I now somewhat handicapped? I cant carry plants across a large property without putting them down for a rest now, and even trying to loosen a tight cap hurts like hell. I really hope this is not the beginning of the end for me. Again, 6 weeks ago I had zero pain. I do not get it at all.