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    Glucosamine-yes/no

    I am a bit new to bike riding, and have experienced just a bit of pain in my lower back, and my legs. I expected this as I have been less then fit for some 30+ years. I started riding again less then three months ago.

    Recently I started taking glucosamine, and it seems to have relieved most of my back pain, and my legs are also feeling better after a ride. It could be that I am just getting used to riding so the glucosamine may not actually be helping.

    Has anyone here noticed benefits from taking glucosamine?

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    It helped my knee pain.

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    My understanding is that glucosamine will help with your joints. My veterinarian has me giving it to my cat for arthritis and it seems to be helping quite a bit. I've taken it for my knee occasionally when it gives me trouble and it helps.
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    I am a big fan.

    I started taking the OtioBiFlex X3 from Sam's about 4 years ago. I started taking it at first because my hips were killing me when I got all hunkered down in my whitewater kayak. I was convinced it helped a bunch.

    I stopped taking it for a while and my aches and pains came back. Started it up again the pain goes away. I have cycled on and off of it now three times and within about 3-4 weeks of stopping or starting, the pain either comes or goes.

    Your success could be a combination of both, which are both good.
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    I have some aches and pains that glucosamine helps a lot!
    I have other aches and pains that glucosamine doesn't change at all!

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    I have shoulder arthritis, and take glucosamine every day. Actually it a store-brand glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM combo. I have had fewer issues with my shoulder, but it's not a magic fix. It seems to take a while to start working. I *don't* stop taking it.
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    My problem is occasional sciatic nerve pain, not joints. I tried glucosamine it but didn't see any noticable results. Better for me was a simple stretching routine and an occasional asprin.

    Since you say you're just starting out, I'd guess a good portion of the pain you're experiencing is normal muscle soreness from the increased level of activity. Keep bicycling on a regular basis and develop a routine, then see if the pain gradually goes away as your body gets used to the new level of activity.

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    I have moderate to severe arthritis of the knees and severe blockage of the nerves in both wrists. I take Glucosomine and MSM twice daily. I can't say that it has even come close to taking away the pain, but it does help.

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    oh nevermind!
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    I use it daily for knee problems
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    My orthopedist said try it. It works for some but not everyone.

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    I can't take it at all. Builds up to much fluid in my knees and actually makes them worse. So much worse in fact one time I had to the local emergency clinic because it was the worst pain I had ever had in my life. After that it was all thrown out.

    If you are having knees pains after riding check your bike fit. My knees are very susceptible to saddle height pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canopus View Post
    I can't take it at all. Builds up to much fluid in my knees and actually makes them worse. So much worse in fact one time I had to the local emergency clinic because it was the worst pain I had ever had in my life. After that it was all thrown out.

    If you are having knees pains after riding check your bike fit. My knees are very susceptible to saddle height pain.
    I get knee pain if my seat is just 1/4 inch low. My seat post gradually slips down the only way I know it happens is my knees start to ache after about 20 miles. I'm always amazed that such a small amount makes such a big difference. I have an arthritic knee from a butchered ACL surgury that always hurts, if my seat is too low they both hurt. I also use Joint Juice daily available at Costco it seems to help. I lift at the gym pretty heavy so I need every bit of help I can get

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    I took glucosamine for a few months for joint pain, it didn't do a thing. Mentioned it to my doc and he said it wasn't likely to, so I quit spending the money. (hard to come by, easy go you know)
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    If it's going to help, you will notice the difference in a day or two, maybe in hours.
    I have one pain it helps, I have another pain that it doesn't!

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    yes but I can't find mine. is their a good supplement for memory so I can find the supplement for my knees? hahaha
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    Works well for me, although if you are diabetic, you have to remember to monitor your blood sugars more frequently to make sure it isn't giving you unacceptable blood glucose level changes. One of it's components Is glucose, after all.
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    I used to take it for my knees, since I started yoga 2 months ago, I have no need for it. I have strengthened the surrounding tissue, muscle and ligaments to the point that my knees are strong, no longer pop, snap or crackle.

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