After my visit to surgeon
Hand Surgeon I met with today had read the MRI and essentially said that joint is all messed up between thumb and wrist, the Basal Thumb Joint. This I posted about already; very bad arthritis with injury from shooting triggering the blow-up I had, thumb-bone is out of place, joint now deformed. No surgery now, steroid injections and splint use - and if no relief in a year then they offer surgery on those affected. And he gave me a cortisone injection into the joint today. That can work like magic. And quick. Doesn't repair damage though.
Other hand, same joint is bone on bone, no cartilage left.
No shooting with dominant hand, the real bad one, but I asked him about my left hand and he said "Go for it!" I'll see using low caliber guns. I shot a 9mm with little recoil off-hand, about 20 rounds, and I did have pain after. But the new hand splints I wear on both hands regularly that I was given today look like perfect "gloves" for this condition, thick neoprene-line material and a strap that goes right between the thumb and forefinger where hilt of gun rests. This may help with the left hand shooting low-cal guns.
The Doctor had a great sense of humor and seems to really know what he's doing. And he has a great reputation in my area.
Thanks all for all your support about this suddenly appearing condition. When I asked about why I never felt arthritis the reply was some don't but the S&W 45acp I had just shot for the first time "was the trigger that chased the cat out of the bag, and once the cat is out it won't be going back in".
There is very good post on this thread on Handgun Fit. My suggestion is read it and follow instructions to avoid what I have.
Thanks all Again - you were all a great help when I went today. My sincere thanks. Only shooters could understand how threatening it feels when use of your hands is suddenly in doubt.
Re: Wish Me Good Luck: I See The Hand Surgeon Tomorrow and WARNING (Again)!
Glad surgery isn't required at this time... Cortisone can certainly aid healing... If it doesn't, in a couple of tries, maybe surgery is in order...
For now, shoot as you are able... And heal up.