This is not uncommon for females and is not carpal tunnel type. We get it because we are always doing things with our thumbs and forefinger . It hurts! I had shots in both thumb joints 4 months ago...with short term results. I have night time braces, made by the doctor and daytime black style cuffs for comfort. I have a meloxacam rx which gives minor relief. Since it is not muscle related I am not sure rubs will help. At 64 yrs old I really cannot fathom having this without getting some better results. I understand, based on my orthopedic doctor, that surgery is successful. He is not pushing it but I have yet to go back and tell him how the shots worked. Anyone have surgery for this? Any thoughts on home remedies? I am aware of arnica and I think I might get that voltran( spelling?) cream. I will be reading all the other answers for suggestions also. Thanks for any suggestions.