I've been lucky to have a few years of remission from the RA (taking methotrexate by injection) and during this time I found I could once again play my folk guitar (not particularly well but I enjoy it)
Am now having a flare up which has lasted months and I can't play guitar - although I can manage the piano. I have pain and stiffness in the hands, thumbs and finger joints and I can't grip properly - my fingers are swollen - one in particular which is on my left hand ( the one that has to press the strings) and i can't make the movements needed to play.
I think that even when my hands improve it is probably not going to be a good idea to play guitar - because of the twisting and pressing down the metal strings with the left hand. I'm trying to get my head round this as it will be a great loss in my life - although many people have to give up much more than this and I know this may become true for me.
Am I right that even when my hands go better I should not put my fingers under this kind of stress any more - because I will be asking for trouble?
Piano will not compensate because I use the guitar to play so I can sing folk songs.
Any thoughts much appreciated.