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Discussion: Glucosamine and Chondroitin for joint pain relief

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June 28, 2011
armiho211
Men's 70
410 posts
Glucosamine and Chondroitin for joint pain relief
there are different brands, strengths, prices on the above listed supplements. have you used them, and do you feel that they do work ? if yes, which one are you taking ? thanks.
June 29, 2011
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2650 posts
I've used Flexamin for a couple of years, only as maintenance. I really don't have a problem, just thought it might help prevent one. I finished my supply a couple of months ago and haven't bought more.
I can't say if it has prevented any problems.
June 29, 2011
GaCMan
86 posts
I have hip problems and some arthritis used them for 6 months then quit can't tell any difference!!!
June 29, 2011
Marv19
Men's 60
435 posts
68, I have no Meniscus in the left knee. The right I tore the meniscus in 2009. Played nearly 2 years taking cortisone every 90 days when last May I had the right knee scoped. When I asked at the follow up about the drugs in question I was told "They don't work. You have arthritis and the pain is normal. play through it" For the guys that put up with my miserable play in march in Lancaster thank you. I was a wreck. The pain on Sunday was too much. I grit my teeth and played 3 games because the team had only 10 players. It took me 10 days before I could walk without some pain. In late March I had a conversation with a team mate (my savior) on my church team. He is a Medic with the Special Forces. He said "Ill fix you up you need some Mobec" He got me the drug and in less than a week I could feel the difference. You guys that know me know I'm hobbling after the first day. I have a brace on one and elastic on the other. But this last weekend we played 5 games One was a 10 inning marathon that saw us not leaving the park until 9:45 Saturday night. Now this is not a Benny Hinn story but I walked out of the park pain free Sunday afternoon. Monday I jumped out of bed tired and a little sore but no excruciating pain that I normally would have had. All I can tell you is for me it works. I played both days with no elastic and no brace. The medical name is Meloxicam. Its prescription only. I take 7.5 mg twice a day. Hope this helps and works for you as well as it does for me.
June 29, 2011
lemons
Men's 65
302 posts
Marv19, Glad you've found relief. Any known or advertised side effects like with some of the arthritis prescriptions? I'm going to ask my orthopaedic guy about this. Thanks, Mel
June 29, 2011
Marv19
Men's 60
435 posts
I have no side effects. Sorry but I didn't pay attention to the possible side effects. Even the stuff Phil Mickelson is endorsing says possible stroke so I don't get too excited about advertised side effects :O) My cardiologist gave it a pass so that's good enough for me. Good Luck
June 29, 2011
AZTOMC
Men's 55
104 posts
I have a bad right knee, bone on bone, I ran across a product called Osteo-Sport online that had great reviews. I bought some and my knee feels much better. This is the best over the counter stuff I have used and I have tried almost all of them.
June 29, 2011
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
I have been using Osteo Bi-flex Triple Strength for several years and it has really helped me. The recommended dose is twice daily but once my knees started feeling better, I cut back to once daily and I feel fine.
The stuff is pricey but you can usually find a store that has it on sale or check it out on Amazon. Good Luck
June 29, 2011
Dbax
Men's 60
1269 posts
Scientific studies have shown these things are a waste of your money. Just like that Acai juice.
June 30, 2011
Omar Khayyam
994 posts
My wife's experience with glucosamine and chondroitin was similar to the guys above. She had severe arthritis (eventual hip replacement) and some friends told her about the stuff when it was new. Her doctor said it wouldn't hurt her and give it a try, even though he didn't think it was validated as effective.

She tried them both. After a few months, she realized that one of them seemed to make her worse (she could tell when she would accidently miss a day or two). It was the chondroitin, so she stopped it. After a year, with no positive effect, she dropped the other.

Dbax is right. A couple of years a go, some extensive studies showed they were both useless. Only a placebo effect for some. And as he said, very similar to the over-hyped acai juice.

Marv19, good for you if you found a drug that worked. I had a lingering nerve pain in my arm for almost a year. Ibuprofen took it away, but it would return again and again. My doctor said it was because I wasn't keeping the level up, so he gave me a new drug that worked 24 hours. Miraculous. My nerve pain went away, never to return. I used it successfully as a painkiller after long tournaments. Great! I recommended it to several other players, so they got prescriptions from their doctors. Its name? Vioxx! About a year after my touting it, it was pulled from the market because it was definitely linked to increased heart problems! Life ain't fair.
June 30, 2011
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2650 posts
I used Vioxx for years for relief of pain from a herniated disc. After it was pulled I used and still use Naproxin. Seems to work for my lower back.
July 2, 2011
Sunshine1949
Men's 60
32 posts
I have used a product called Flexicose for years,with no problems.....ran out and developed pain in my knee and my wrist, started back on product and within 5 days problems subsided. Seems to work for me
I get mine through Amazon.
July 2, 2011
SALSAKID49
Men's 55
114 posts
Bottom Line Chondroitin appears to be useless...

http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/DSH/glucosamine.html
July 2, 2011
paul0784
Men's 60
128 posts
I have been using something called Instaflex and not only does it keep the pain down it also keeps the swelling away also. Been using it for a couple of months and seems to work well.
July 2, 2011
crusher
Men's 70
389 posts
Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
I have been taking for 10 years. Not sure if it actually does any good as everything seems to work for me.
Our Vet said to give to our old dog.
My Doc said it has no side effects and works.
Have done research off and on. May stop taking when current batch runs out and see if something starts happening.

Has anyone stopped taking after extended time and started having joint problems??????
July 2, 2011
Sunshine1949
Men's 60
32 posts
I stopped and had problems with knee, wrist and back.....I'm back on and feel great, may be in my mind but for $25 a month, it is worth it to me.
July 2, 2011
The real deal
Men's 60
63 posts
An employee of mine has an arthritic knee, and he swears by the following remedy for pain relief: he has a small jar filled with rubbing alcohol and marijuana, and rubs a little of this magic potion on the knee joint. Works for him...
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