*please forgive the serious nature of my thread* Most of you know me as somewhat of a jokester, I try to be as lighthearted and comical as much as I can and it probably shows from some of my wacky posts, but recent times have not been very kind to me on several levels. I've had to deal with some difficult issues concerning family, career, and health. For this I am only going to address a health concern that has affected my quality of life. Four years ago I was diagnosed with degenerated discs and a pinched nerve. At the time I was in so much pain and physical dysfunction that I thought I would never play guitar again, something that I was accepted of and had more concerns with my basic quality of life. I would have sold every piece of my musical gear just to have the pain taken away. In time, and with acupuncture and physical therapy I was able to reach a moderate level of comfort and a level of ability to play guitar to at least compose and record. Now four years later my condition is showing signs that I might have to consider a more serious approach to the situation. Spinal surgery There are other factors outside of guitar playing that may dictate me to have the surgery but it hasn't gotten to that point yet (? I don't think?). Yet I am already at the point where I cannot strum fast rhythms or play a solid body guitar standing up with a strap, I now play sitting down. Spinal surgery is no joke and something that I've tried to avoid at all costs but I must admit my inability to get a decent night sleep and to continue doing the two things I love (music and fishing) has made me consider it and the serious complication risks (nerve damage, infection, paralysis etc.) that comes with these type of surgeries. Forgive me for my long-winded post, but I wonder what what most people would do to keep on strumming.