A long-time hobbyist, I am finding myself sidelined from playing because of pain in my fretting thumb. HOW - not sure how it happened WHEN - it started about a month ago. WHERE - it hurts in different spots, depending on the day * in the first knuckle (nearest the fingernail) * in the joint area where the thumb meets the palm * down into the fleshy part, close to the wrist WHEN - it hurts to hold heavy things (imagine a 2x4 piece of wood held in your hand, thumb side up) - vulnerable when holding the bass neck - when anything puts lateral pressure on the thumb tip Right now I'm trying not to touch my bass, hoping that things will get better. I figure a general practitioner will tell me to give it rest, maybe some ice, maybe some anti-inflamatories. Do you have any experience with this sort of pain? Thx!