I have inherited crappy joints from both of my parents, and have had minor arthiritis in my knees and ankles for the last several years (I'm 47). Recently, I often wake in the middle of the night with the fingers on both hands almost immobilized in a curled position with what feels very much like arthritis. It generally is less severe after I am up and active in the daytime, but even with exercise I feel I am losing some of my playing ability and flexibility in my fingers. In the past I have tried glucosamine, but after a month or two of taking it found no noticeable improvement. I take Ibuprofen almost every day, and before band rehearsals and gigs. Does anyone else have arthiritis affecting their finger joints? What works for you? Any special flexibility exercises you can share? This part of aging really sucks.