Does anyone want to talk about arthritis in the thumb joint? I have it very bad! I go to a rheumatologist and get steroid shots every 3 months. I have just learned that this isn't a great idea. Every time I go she asks me if I'm ready for surgery and I say no. I've heard bad things about surgery and previously thought shots were better. Now I'm not sure what to do. I can't use my thumbs if I don't get the shots so I've got to do something. I was taking tramadol and gabapentin but my Dr. took me off gabapentin and put me on cymbalta. Seems it helps better for other pain( I also have osteoarthritis all over and fibro pain) . It does not help my thumbs. Any advice? Anyone with thumb arthritis?