I used to play the synthesizer in my church orchestra but I was diagnosed with arthritis in my thumbs after being in pain for several months. (Arthritis seems to run in my family, children through adults). I have had shots in both hands twice and have been playing percussion in the orchestra to try to take some of the pressure off. Unfortunately, the pain is back in my right hand and getting worse. I love playing for The Lord and cannot imagine stopping, and I definitely do not want surgery (my doctor recommended it for when the shots stop working). I just want to be healed.