has anyone seen this on the london lupus center site?
My thumb is exactly like this and the rheumy did not pick up on it!
This is what they say:
Lupus Symptoms on Tendons
Perhaps the most common rheumatic feature of active lupus is inflammation in tendons. The patient may not, for example, be able to stretch the fingers flat - "saying ones prayers". Occasionally, this abnormal pull by tendons on the joints may lead to deformity. An unusual, though almost characteristic change is the "lupus thumb" - a locking back into the "hitchhiking" position. This tendency of the inflammation of tendons waxes and wanes as do so many of the features of lupus. It is often the only sign of disease activity in an otherwise symptom-free lupus patient.
Hand and xray of a hand showing a patient with Lupus and chronic tendon inflammation leading to deformities including the "hitch-hiking thumb".