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Discussion: Anyone use Glucosamine, Chondroitin and/or MSM?

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March 4, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2688 posts
Anyone use Glucosamine, Chondroitin and/or MSM?
I've been taking all three in the form of Flex-a-Min for the past nine months. I told my doctor and he asked if I felt that they helped. I replied that I was taking it just as a preventive measure, nothing hurt before and still doesn't.
I was wondering if anyone here took any combination of the three and if it helped.
March 4, 2010
Corky
Men's 55
446 posts
All 3 religiously........with a motorcycle injury to my back, the Doc actually has injected it into my discs.
I try to get 1500mg of each a day orally. It's a cumulative thing so for those needing relief, you might give it a week or so.
March 4, 2010
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
I use Glucosamine/Chondroitin in the form of Osteo Biflex and think that it is gradually helping ease some of the pain in my knees. As Corky says, it takes a while to feel any relief. I think the only preventive measure we could have taken was to be inactive in our younger years. It's always a good idea to ask a specialist.
March 4, 2010
JLD930
Men's 55
67 posts
I have been using all three for years. I feel it helps but after taking it for that long not sure what it would be like without it. I have found that Puritan Pride (check their website) is much less expensive and they have good products. They often run deals buy 2 get 3 free. They have various combinations of these ingredients and other joint meds
March 4, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2688 posts
I meant to include this website:
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/glucosamine.html

It says benefit if doubtful.
I've been buying Flex-a-Min on eBay. The latest ones that I bought also contain vitamin C. A month's supply for $4.00.
March 4, 2010
mad dog
Men's 65
3948 posts
i started using super cissus rx made by usp labs.only been using for a couple months and not quite sure if its helping,but sure is not hurting,i'm taking taking it as a per caution like bruce.its for joints and tendons.i also take 2 aleve a day with 2 aspirin (1 each in the morn and same at nite).
March 4, 2010
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
I been taking Glucosamine/Condroitin
for a couple of years now
and wouldn't want to play without it.
March 4, 2010
BCass
Men's 55
4 posts
Bruce, I've been taking G/C for a very long time and as einstein saids, I would not play without it. Yes it works, it just takes a while to get it into these old joints.

Butch
March 4, 2010
crusher
Men's 70
403 posts
Have been taking 1500mg for 6 or so years. My Dr said to take it because it works and no sideaffects, then had the dog to vet with shoulder problems, the Vet said, give your dog 1500mg of g/c, I told her my Dr has me on it and she said DUH.........I think it is great.
March 4, 2010
Q19
Men's 55
48 posts
I've been taking all 3 for about 10 years now. Had surgery twice on my right ankle before taking the supplement. Use to wake up in the morning with ankle stiffness and after being on the supplement for a few months, the stiffness went away. Only take it once a day at night but sometimes double the dose when playing during a tournament weekend. Might check out CELADRIN (seen it in COSTCO) in the near future.
March 5, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1992 posts
No wonder my doctor reacted last week when I told him I have been taking 6000-9000 mg per day of Glucosamine and 4800-6000mg of Chondroitin per day. (1500-1200 tabs, 4-6 daily). When I started this in Dec. 2007, I thought I was ready for my 5th surgery on my right knee, but it helped so much that I am just now comtemplating other things (Hyalgan or synvisc) as my knee has tilted due to no meniscus to 9mm back and 1 mm front spacing. He also talked about a bone wedge to level it out-sounds very painful. I have had no adverse effects to this much of the Glucosamine/Chondroitin. I seem to have gotten a couple more years out of my bad knee.I hate getting old!
March 5, 2010
diehard
Men's 55
245 posts
Webbie25,

I have had a wedge put in my knee. It was somewhat painful, and I was on crutches around 10 weeks after surgery. So it's something to do in say November, so you will be ready to play by April. The 1st year I played after surgery my knee would swell up after games, and there was pain. The next year, last year, I was running and playing as well as I ever had prior to knee problems. My Dr. said that I could run on it for the next 15 years or more. I am glad that I had this done as opposed to replacement because there are no parts to be worn out. While the recovery period post surgery is somewhat longer, the results are outstanding.
March 5, 2010
Corky
Men's 55
446 posts
There is also one produced by.... "Body Ammo"....that's a powder.
I mix it with granulated MSM and pour it into my gatorade. The absorbtion rate is "suppose" to be much higher than the pills.
March 5, 2010
Donnie C
17 posts
I have been using both for years now and find they are great. My doc says it takes 1-2 months of daily use for it to get entirely into your system. I also use a product called blue emu-oil which also has glucosamine and MSN; this is a ointment for sore muscles. It works great for my joint and muscle problems. Use these items and keep on playing.
March 6, 2010
hombre
Men's 60
220 posts
My wife and I have used glucosamine/condroitin for about 5 years, but about 6 months ago I discontinued use. I was taking 6000mgs of glucosamine and 4800mgs of condroitin daily. While my wife says she gets relief from it, I have never experienced an benefit while taking it and no negative effect since I discontinued use.
Other than no perceived benefits, the reason I quite taking it was that I have read two medical journal articles stating that the only studies that have shown positive results from its use in oral form were too small and flawed. The articled said that all major long term studies show no benefit.
That has been my experience. However, if it is benefiting you, you're fortunate and I wish I could say the same.
March 6, 2010
CAT
148 posts
Bruce; I have taken all three for the past several years. It will work on about 25% of the time. I was to have had knee surgery and with two x-rays 12 months apart, cartilage had appeared enough to eliminate the surgery. I found the best place to obtain at a reasonable price is Costco and Sam's Club...Hope this helps..
March 7, 2010
Webbie25
Men's 60
1992 posts
Diehard, thanks for the input. I played my first 2 games yesterday and the synsvic seems to be helping. I already figured after Winter Worlds might be the best time for the wedge surgery. I am glad to hear it has worked for you. I neglected to mention that the doctor removed all of my remaaining meniscus in 1998, so apparently the Glocosamine/Chondroitin has replaced some, as I don't think I could play 12 yrs with bone on bone. 70 degrees in Las Cruces yesterday-raining and cold today. Spring is here.
March 9, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2688 posts
I found the link that got me started taking joint supplements two years ago. It compares the top 25 products:

http://www.thearticleinsiders.com/top25jointsupport.php

This review is two years old but maybe it will still be of some use.
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