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    Glucosamine, Chondroitin Any believers or non believers???

    I am 51 no health problems but I am stiff and achy. I am being told by lay people to start taking Glucosamine and chondroitin.....
    Any believers, please tell us your story.
    Any non believers, please chime in.

    ARed

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    Took it for almost a year waiting for the effects to kick in, I only got stiffer and more sore. I ended up in an industrial athlete class where I work and learned some great stretching techniques and excercises that helped more than anything else. That said some folks swear by the stuff it just never worked for me.
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    StringBreaker, Love your avatar.
    keep on truckin my friend...

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    Not sure but I do take one every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    Not sure but I do take one every day.
    Thanks for the input cylinfool

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    I originally started taking it for my knees but it seemed to help my finger joints more than knees. At first I took a drug store house brand and it had no effect. Then I switched to one of the big name brands and it made a lot of difference. If I miss more than about three days my hands and fingers start to ache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaRed View Post
    I am 51 no health problems but I am stiff and achy. I am being told by lay people to start taking Glucosamine and chondroitin.....
    Any believers, please tell us your story.
    Any non believers, please chime in.

    ARed
    The human mind can "cure" many illnesses ,and problems, all one has to do is "believe". So it is with this "Miracle in a Bottle". Snake oils one and all.........

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    I just checked Consumer Reports Health, which is 1 of the very few impartial and objective clearinghouses for information on the effectiveness of herbal remedies. They say that there is insufficient evidence to flatly state that Glucosamine is effective for knee pain or the relief of Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis. They do say there is "some" evidence but apparently it is short of definitive. When Consumer Reports says evidence, they are talking about genuine managed blind medical trials with control groups.

    Probably the glucosamine does some good but the results are spotty and somewhat less than a panacea even in the best case. Stuff is expensive though.

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    My wife and I tried it with no results. I was talked into trying it again recently, different brand, extra ingredients, etc. No results.

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    I did it for a while, and really couldn't tell. It sure didn't do as much to stop the as an ibuprofen.

    What's worked for me when i can do it: Drop a few pounds and skip the second glass of wine.
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    Darned if I know, but it seems to help me. If it is snake oil and it keeps me going another few thousand miles, then it is worth it. Getting old is a pain in the ....

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    I tried it for about a year and gave up after no discernible benefits.
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    tried it for 9mos, didn't do anything for me.

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    I Take It - Might Be Helping

    I've taken it (the Costco generic version) for about two years, twice daily. I feel terrific and previously had some joint discomfort. I have no idea whether it has contributed to the improvement or not. My wife and I are willing to believe, though.

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    I take it.

    Don't know How it works, but it makes me (Overall) feel much better.
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    I started out using it then switched to Triflex from GNC which worked better. Now I use Ligaplex II which is marginally better. I have arthritis and cartilage issues on both knees and can tell the difference when I miss a few days. The most effective relief for me though is Alleve.

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    If your body has slowed the production of glucosamine down.... it can help.

    I have stopped taking it a number of times, and gone back on it each time
    because my joints felt old.

    Get glucosamine sulfate, chondroiten didn't do a thing for me.
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    I took the pills for 3 to 4 years due to severe osteoarthritis in one of my ankles. A year and a half ago 9 screws with a plate did the trick and there is no pain anymore plus I can walk longer than a 1/2 mile and up and down stairs without holding the railing.
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    Nope, took it for my arthritis and it just turned me into a fart machine and that is all!!!

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    I've read some of the studies on Glucosamine. Some show a positive effect, but most don't. What I noticed is that they measure the effect on pain with out determining the source of pain. Actually determining the source of the pain is most often impossible unless the damage is sever enough to show up on an imaging device. If the joint is that far gone, a supplement likely has no chance I would think.

    Joint pain or pain that appears to come from a joint, can be form actual joint damage, a stressed/pressured nerve nerve or a stressed tendon. Glucosaminne theory has it applicable only to joint damage like arthirtus. So if the pain does not come from the actual joint, glucosimine can't be effective.

    My wife has arthitus in her fingers/hands and she says it gives her relief. When she stops it, she gets pain again. I tried it for elbow, knee and shoulder pains and thought it was working for the elbow/shoulder. It really wasn't. All the pains eventually succumbed to home physical therapy using techniquss from books which have to be used periodically. They were apparently not from a joint.

    My surgeon some 15 years ago who did a rotator cuff fix on me said that Glucosamine had a chance of being effective, but Condriotin could only work if it was injected directly into the joint fluid.

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    I use it, but that's because I need all the help I can get, however minimal.

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    I've used it for many years. Can't prove it but believe it helps as I'm achier if I stop. I supplement the supplement with exercises to strengthen joints and improve flexibility. There is no such thing as a magic pill - you need to work at it also.

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    I tired it for about six months, but the negative impact on my stomach was too much to deal with. Hence, I stopped before any benefit could be seen.
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    I've been taking it for a while and tried getting off of it twice and I can feel the pain in my elbows coming back. I just got off of it my second time 6 weeks ago, after 4 weeks I could feel the pain returning. I've been back on it for the last 2 weeks and I'm feeling better already. I say take it, if it works for you and forget the studies. How long have they been doing studies on coffee. They say it's good for you and a year later, they say it's bad for you. I just said coffee because it came to mind first, there are many others that you could include in different studies. It reminds me of the weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    I tired it for about six months, but the negative impact on my stomach was too much to deal with. Hence, I stopped before any benefit could be seen.
    I had a problem like that and my doctor told me to try Osteo Bi Flex, works great.

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