My desperation is reaching dangerous levels!!! It's two years now that I've been struggling with this problem. I play bass guitar and work with a mouse&and what's more (the only optional, which I gave up) I used to drive a vespa!!! I've seen several doctors, and the scary thing is that they have come up with different diagnoses. It started kind of ominously. All at once my right thumb started jerking sideways, in and out, with no help from me. My hand swelled up like a soccerball and I couldn't even hold a fork. I had to become left-handed for about a month. Ice, anti- inflammatories&and it got a little better. Since I had to work I worked the mouse with my left hand, and my left hand started to hurt! Some people say I have Carpal's Tunnel and some say I have some other, not well identified, problem. Acupuncture, physiotherapy of several kinds, hot water and an anatomical mousepad give me some relief, but DO NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. The real nightmare happened this summer. I had a month-and-a-half's vacation driving through Mexico (wonderful), and was glad to be able to give my wrist a rest. But after two weeks the thumb started doing it's thing again, only it wouldn't stop. I spent whole days and nights in pain with this thing jerking back and forth. I bought something similar to Voltaren and after three nights the thing finally stopped moving and the pain subsided somewhat, but didn't go away altogether. Since I got back four months ago I haven't used the computer (I'm trying to change jobs) but I can't stop playing it's my reason for being alive. The pain is bearable, but it's always with me. Before playing a do stretching exercizes (my hands often feel half asleep) and the pain slowly disappears, only to come back after about half an hour. I feel worst at night and first thing in the morning. My arm also itches a lot. Since it has something to do with the tendon, obviously the pain goes up to my elbow and shoulder. I've heard a lot of similar stories, but nobody I've talked to has quite the same symtoms as mine. I'd be very happy to hear from anyone with a similar experience or anybody else who might be able to give me some kind of advice, because I just don't know what to do anymore. Thanks in advance. I hope sooner or later they'll find some REAL solution to this enormous problem that so many people have!