I'm 53. In the last few years I've developed what seems to be arthritis mostly in the last joint of my left hand index finger. Initially it only bothered me in the morning and if I played the guitar for a few minutes it would work its way out. There are certain chords, even a basic C chord, that are difficult until the joint has warmed up. Lately though it's become worse and it crops up at all times of the day and takes me longer to warm up to be able to play. At this point fortunately, I can always get the arthritis to work its way out in a short time - just by noodling around. Anyone else experiencing this problem? Any suggestions dealing with this? I would be interested in hearing others' experiences. I realize this will probably always be with me and most likely get worse and possibly spread to other fingers as well. Isn't getting old fun? ;-) Thank you!