I feel for you Bullet. With me it is arthrosis in my right hand. Not always that painful, but if it hurts like the dickens.
It does not bother me much, but doing George Dibos magic pipe refurbishing methods that takes considerable strenght will sometimes not do. Apart from that ailment; 65 and fit as a butchers dog .
One of my pastimes is stickmaking and there some wonderfully thorned blackthorn shanks waiting to start working on.
Can you post a picture of your stick; would much like to see it
Keep moving and keep it warm ( wear a glove ) ! I am an avid Argentine Tango dancer and private teacher since 1995 and can strangle a grown man with my thighs LOL.
My left hand hook is lethal.