Osteoarthritis and glucosamine

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Business man2 Are you aware of ANY research that has been conducted under PROFESSIONALLY ACCEPTED medical research protocol that shows glucosamine to be beneficial? I know lots of people take it and believe in it. What's your position?
Avatar n tn I haven't tried it myself yet, only because I HATE taking pills, but have heard a few success stories about Glucosamine and Chondroitin. Another thing you can do is start physical therapy. Strengthening the muscles and tendons around the joints helps to slow the degenerative changes.
Avatar n tn I am afraid that I have developed osteoarthritis in my hands, esp. in the thumb joint. I experience pain up to 5 on 1/10 scale, but not swelling. After I ride my bike my hands hurt for several days, maybe the handlebar is too big around. The symptoms developed shortly after I broke my wrist (Collies fracture) two years ago. I realize that if I have this problem it isn't going away. How do I keep the damage to a miminim? I use Ibuprofen for pain with fair results.
1110049 tn?1409405744 Use of complementary therapies, including glucosamine, is common in patients with osteoarthritis, and may allow for reduced doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.
Avatar n tn The phd who I went to told me to take Olive Leaf Extract and triple the usual dose of glucosamine. After about 6 weeks of this I felt a huge difference and it made me very hopeful. Google 'arthritis help live blood analysis' and maybe you can find out more, or send me a message if you want more info.
Avatar n tn Is this a case of disappearing joints? I've tried glucosamine chondroitin and shark cartilage but I can't see any noticeable improvements. Is there any way to resolve (aside from pain killers and drugs that have unknown or risky side affects)?
Avatar m tn Is it possible I already have osteoarthritis? And are there any non surgical treatment options available to me? I am specifically wondering if injections might help?
1459410 tn?1285698605 I have it at a relatively young age, and was prescribed celebrex, which I hate the headaches from and stomach pain (and its not all that effective) which irritates my stomach ulcer. All my doc said was to up the protonix. Im in PT to help as well but if anyone would like to share a short summary of their story from pre-diag symptoms through successful treatment, I would really like to see how the different docs have handled your speciific case.
Avatar m tn I know an abundance of ppl that initially took the supplement - and very few that take it today. There are still ppl that take glucosamine and chondroitin, alone or together, for osteoarthritis. Some people believe this helps. But an analysis of studies looking at glucosamine or chondroitin for osteoarthritis in the hip or knee did not show that these supplements slow joint destruction or relieve pain. It's kind of gone by the wayside.
Avatar m tn I believe it is from repeated trauma to that joints having been climbing a local mountain and upon descending much stress is put on that lead foot. I take glucosamine and that's about it, although I do wear insoles in my running shoes that help a bit. There is swelling that doesn't diminish and pain is intermittent. I'm considering checking into surgery and wonder if anyone has any advice about this. Thanks !
Avatar f tn Your mom will need to take 150mg glucosamine for the rest of her life if she has osteoarthritis. It keeps the joints and their connective tissues lubricated, as they dry up as we age. Some people respond quickly, and others feel no effect at all. There are also exercises that help. The main thing is not to let the joints seize up. Keep active.
Avatar f tn Years ago after horrendous headaches and neck pain and trips to the ER I was diagnosed w/ osteoarthritis that cause migraines. Been taking hydrocodone for it since then and it's been a godsend. 2 little pills and both problems go away and I can function.............I don't take them everyday, more like 3 or 4 days a week, 2 pills and I'm good for most of the day. I also have a tens unit which has help tremendously as well. Take LOTS of hot baths etc. Fast forward to now.......
Avatar f tn I have heard from many with osteoarthritis that swear it helps, but it did not do anything for me and my forms of arthritis. Do you have other symptoms besides stomach issues and joint pain? Have you had tests to see if this is an autoimmune condition? Have your doctors prescribed anything to treat you? Have you tried heat wraps or topical treatments like biofreeze or stop pain?
1110049 tn?1409405744 Yesterday I saw specialist at local hospital and told result of CT scan I had four weeks ago. I have been having pain in my hip/pelvis for nearly two years. Now told I have osteoarthritis in spine. Had no back pain, only the hip pain. Presume this is what is known as referred pain, but I must admit I am bemused. Does glucosamine or any other supplement help with arthritis in spine? I am 69 yrs old, so know it is due to wear and tear.
Avatar f tn It has been so very very depressing and I find it hard some days to go on. I am 7 weeks post-op and saw my surgeon today. He said my knee is very very bad and, at 12 weeks post-op, we'll be gearing up for my second, and much more invasive, surgery. I have many areas of exposed bone but, because of my age, my surgeon will not consider a knee replacement. I am in a severe amount of pain daily. I had been taking norco since the surgery but am going to try a break from those.
Avatar f tn For 20 years I have had great success in keeping my osteoarthritis (neck, shoulders, knees) from hurting and from limiting my activities. I take 3500 mg. (divided among three meals); cutting down brings the symptoms back after two or three weeks. (Also changing brands brings them back which is just very weird.) My question is: Could this amount of glucosamine sulfate cause problems I should deal with before they happen? I'm 76 and otherwise healthy.
Avatar n tn I am trying to find a pain medication that I can safely take. I have severe osteoarthritis that is very painful and debilitating. I did take celebrex for a month which helped greatly but my cardiologist felt that it may be too great of a risk to take. Is there anything else that would not affect my INR or cause a risk of bleeding? I realize that narcotics wouldn't be a problem but I do not want to go in that direction at all.
Avatar f tn These help with pain, but I have developed an itchy, unremitting rash on my right shoulder and should probably stop taking meds to see if any of them are causing it? I tried glucosamine but the pain and cracking remained and sometimes my head hurts on the right side too. I also have Hashimoto’s (TPO antibodies over 1,000) take 75mcg Levoxyl per day. There is a 1.2cm nodule on the right side of thyroid- it was ruled benign after biopsy.
5536514 tn?1373503602 Hello I am 73 and also have osteoarthritis in my spine. I have had bad back ache recently, so today went to see an osteopath to ease my pain. Costs a lot, and I don't have much money, but it is worth it if pain is eased. I saw my doctor yesterday and offered co-codamol tablets, but I am loathe to take them as they can cause dependence. I had depression for over 20 years and recently it took me 10 mon ths to withdraw from them. I don't want to become dependant on other medication.
Avatar f tn These might include injections of corticosteroids, for example. Taking the dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. Many people claim relief with these supplements. Evidence is conflicting as to whether they really help. You should discuss using these with your doctor because the supplements may interact with other drugs.
Avatar f tn Hi, I've not got a diagnosis for my pain, however it is concurrent with symptoms for osteoarthritis. As I've been suffering with pain in my knees, hips, lower back and knuckles for 12 years now I'm not holding out on a diagnosis anytime soon, more so because I know how much the medical comminity seem to despise diagnosing osteoarthritis in anyone below 50, I'm 30 so another 20 years to go before acknowledgement of OA will be given!
1239564 tn?1268172490 menisci, cruciates and collaterals. Scans of your knee will be helpful. ( X-rays and MRI ) I would suggest you to continue physical exercise with proper footwear and also limit pressure at your knee. You can go for swimming if you can and also follow up with an orthopedician for proper diagnosis and try to achieve normal BMI. Take care!
Avatar m tn She has Osteo Arthritis (used to take Glucosamine and calcium tablest) and nerves weaknes (takes neurokind plus) because of which her knees are paining and could not walk. She is not able to take any medication because of Liver Cirrhosis and she is on bed for the past 14 days. Doctors say she cannot be given any medicine to reduce knee pains because of cirrhosis (has jaundice as well). Kindly suggest me a way so that I can see my mother walking soon.....
Avatar f tn There could be so many reasons why they hurt. Mine is because I have Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis.
Avatar n tn He uses heat on them and also takes Glucosamine to help. Glucosamine supplements are widely used for osteoarthritis, particularly knee osteoarthritis. In osteoarthritis, cartilage -- the rubbery material that cushions joints -- becomes stiff and loses its elasticity. This makes the joint prone to damage and may lead to pain, swelling, loss of movement, and further deterioration.
Avatar n tn Hello, Your mother seems to be having osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of the cartilage of one or more joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a "cushion" between the bones of the joints. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis. Treatment includes reduction of weight, exercise and support devices like splints, canes, walkers, and braces.
Avatar n tn I have had some back and feet pain in the past, I have mild scoliosis since a child, nothing severe, so I began to go to a chiropractic once in a while for the last 3 years and began also to wear custom made orthotics and very confortable shoes. I exercise sort of quite regularly, I am not a gym freak but I bike, swim, walk and lift light weights.
Avatar f tn She diagnosed me with sacroileatic and coccyxical (sp?) chronic pain which would turn into osteoarthritis as I have gotten older. I manage it pretty decently for the most part (I live on Percocet 5/25- 4 tabs a day; on really bad days it's upwards of 6-8.) I have tried spinal manipulation, inversion therapy, hydro therapy, massage therapy, taking Nsaids*, and even TENS to block the pain.
Avatar n tn yes glucosamine and chondroitin is a very good idea. has your mother been laying down at all? in a bed, or has she been sleeping in a chair? not long ago i had to take care of my grandmother because she had a myriad of things wrong with her, and she went months without sleeping in a bed (she had a dislocated shoulder). this caused static edema, her legs were swollen and her skin was very tight and she had bad pain in her legs and knees and couldnt walk very much if at all.
Avatar n tn I was a very healthy person. The pain began in my lower back and progressed to all my joints and entire back. When my dermatologist learned of my problems, she stopped the Accutane immediately. She stated back pain was a side effect. I read all the info before taking Accutane, and it never described these symptoms in 2001. When I was 30 years old, I had back surgery and it destroyed my back.