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Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?

Banjoman_CO 24 Oct 00 - 12:25 AM
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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Banjoman_CO
Date: 24 Oct 00 - 12:25 AM

I take the mixture of Knox Geletin and Glucosamine. I take it every day. I was having pain in both knees and this seems to have done the trick. I stopped taking it a few weeks ago and the knees flaired up again. I am back on it and the pain is gone. Good Stuff.

Banjoman


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Bernard
Date: 23 Oct 00 - 05:33 AM

Just about - providing you are taking three 500mg tablets a day (1500 in total). After two months you can reduce to two. It seems to be working for me - not a miracle cure, but definite relief.

My main problem is my neck - which, in turn, gives me trouble with my shoulders and hands. My fingers randomly 'go to sleep', as does my right leg.

Anti-inflammatories only help for a while, until I 'get used to them', after which they are ineffective.

Hope it works for you!


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 23 Oct 00 - 01:59 AM

We found this stuff in an upscale super market (Whole Foods) in West Hollywood, CA at an incredibly low price. Paid $19.04 including tax for 180 500mg caplets. This is less than ten bucks a month. Couldn't pass it up. Jerry started taking it today. No results yet! He plans to take it until it's gone (two months). No results, no more GS. Is this the right approach or should we give it more time?

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Dizzie
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 08:23 PM

Dave O - I cannot believe the price you pay in the States for glucosamine. In Toronto I buy a bottle of salt free Glucosamine, 1000mg per caplet with 90 caplets per bottle for $13.95 Canadian. This works out to 15.5cents a caplet. The manufacturer is Swiss Herbal Remedies Ltd, and are based in Richmond Hill Ontario. It also states on the label that the product contains no artificial preservatives, no colour, no soya,salt wheat or yeast. I guess we get a bargain. I've been taking GS for a few years and my twisted fingers have all straightened out, and my wonky knees are almost back to normal. I,ve had no side effects and I bless the day my pharmcist told me to buy GS instead of the copper bracelet I went in to buy.

Shug.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 08:10 PM

DaveO:

Our local market doesn't have the lowest prices on much of anything.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 11:12 AM

GUEST Winterbright referred to GS (a brand, at least) being made from seashells. I checked Enzymatic Therapy's label, and it says:

"Other ingredients: magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, and gelatine capsule. Contains no sugar, yeast, gluten, corn, soy, dairy products, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, or preservatives."

Note it says "other ingredients". I don't really understand, other than what. I do think that I remember that the original literature that led us to try it stated that other brands used seashells, but not this brand, because the seashell-based products were not absorbed (or maybe they said 'utilized') as well. I can't swear to that, but that's a general recollection I have.

This brand's bottle also bears a URL, www.gs500.com. You might want to check that out.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 11:02 AM

Bev and Jerry commented on cost of glucosamine sulphate. You need to shop a little. I checked our current bottle. We use Enzymatic Therapy's GS-500. A bottle of 180 caps is $52.20 where we buy it. This works out to about 34 cents a cap, $1.04 a day, and $30.60 a month. Still not cheap, but my hip joints tell me it's well worth it.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Gypsy
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 01:33 AM

Clever to notice, Winterbrite! And of course, all diabetics should check with thier health care provider first, before trying. For that matter, anyone with a sugar inbalance/intolerance, should use caution. But it sure has worked for me, and my family. Oh yeah, glucosamine is a precursor to chondroitan, so really not necessary to have both. Or at least, I don't use the combination.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST,winterbright
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 07:34 PM

WARNING... I'd heard a lot about GS and thought I might try it. But in reading the label on one brand at the health food store, I saw that GS (that brand, anyway) was made from shellfish shells (or some such). Now it just happens that I have a life-or-death allergy to shellfish! Please read labels, folks, before you try anything new!!!


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST,Steven Sellors
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 01:59 PM

We've been giving our dog Glucosamine for the last month. It turned her from an old-lyin'-down dog into a runnin'- around-with-a-stick dog. God help us!

SS


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 11:30 AM

Unadvertised dangers: never combine Alleve/Anaprox/Naprosyn with Aspirin. The first will make the second eat your stomach lining.

Never combine Tylenol/Acetomeniphen (sp?) with alcohol. The first will make the second eat your liver.

Tell your friends...


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST,celticblues5
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 11:07 AM

For those who have mentioned having neuropathic pain, you might ask your doc about Neurontin. It's been used with very good results for many people, even with longstanding phantom limb pain.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 04:00 AM

Mousethief, for TMJ, my dentist noticed some symptoms in my mouth -- like, teethmarks inside my cheeks -- and asked me some questions about some other symptoms, all of which I had. I had been doing the orthopedist-rheumatologist cha-cha-cha for my shoulder for over a year. He then put me in a device which measured how off my jaw alignment was. He explained at every step that his profession was deeply divided on this, and it was my decision whether to proceed. I feel good about my dentist, which helped. He built a bite plate which I have to wear at night for the rest of my life, or else get all of my teeth redone. Since I already saw a chiropracter, the dentist recommended I get jaw adjustments, too, which also help. As the dentist predicted, for 3 days the device felt really awkward, and after that I'd break your arm before I'd give it up.

It cost about $1500 -- cheap, for the immense relief I got.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: JamesJim
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 01:19 AM

I have Neuropathy in both feet and my doctor(s) have prescribed every anti-inflammatory imaginable. All tests have led to nothing (usually a sign of high blood sugar or diabetes, but nothing shows up in my tests). Relafen works better for me than most anything and I have tried them all. The problem is, drugs work differently on most people - where some are helped by one, others are not. The trick is to find the right one. I have started Glu-Cond. (about 3 days ago) and I'm glad I saw this. I'll make sure I stick with it for at least 3 months and see what happens. Thanks. Jim


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: fox4zero
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 12:47 AM

Radriano Have you considered bilateral hip replacement? It would be the treatment of choice,if you have surgical coverage. Larry Parish


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 12:33 AM

Because of this thread, we happened to check the price of glucosamine sulfate at the local market. It was $13.95 for thirty 500mg capsules. The recommended dosage is three of these per day. That comes to about $42 per month. Pretty steep but,if it really works for you, it might be worth it.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 12:05 AM

A few years back I had carpal tunnel in both wrists. I had the right hand operated on and ended up with the lower arm and hand in a cast for around three weeks. After the cast was removed my wrist was still quite painful for several more weeks. By the time the right hand was feeling better the left hand, that did not have the operation, was also feeling normal.

It seems that possibly immobilizing the wrist for five or six weeks may be just effective as having the operation.

I have been using glusosamine for the past few years primarily for pain in the knee joints. Although the pain is still there it is not nearly as intense as before.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Gypsy
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 10:49 PM

Glucosamine does work. The only catch, you gotta give it at least 3 months to do the job. Most people give up after 4-6 weeks. I have stiff hands, residue from multiple frost bites, and it has worked like a charm. Highly recommend it. The thing is, you are treating the problem with this, rather than the symptoms.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: mousethief
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 05:49 PM

MAG, what was the treatment for TMJ? Both my wife and I have this, and it sux.

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 05:45 PM

My chiropracter talked me into trying GS again -- I wasn't taking a high enough dosage before. I cannot take Aleve; I am violently allergic to all forms of Naprox.

My shoulder problem AND headaches got a lot better whne my dentist treated me for TMJ. Of course my health insurance wouldn't cover it, and it cost a fortune, but it was money well spent. The shoulder was being affected my the muscles coming down the neck to the shoulder, and the shoulder blade muscles. The feeling that there was a slab of concrete inside my right ear is completely gone.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: radriano
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 04:12 PM

I suffer from a congenital hip condition. It's a fancy way of saying that I was born with both hip joints dislocated, a degenerative condition than worsens with age. Along with the degeneration comes a higher level of pain so lately I've tried quite a few pain killers. Vioxx works quite well for me. Great drug!

Radriano


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: SingsIrish Songs
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 03:58 PM

With "A,C&C" being Acetylsalicilc acid (ie ASPIRIN) plus caffeine and codeine--no wonder it works! It's the codeine--worked wonders when I had my wisdom teeth out a few years back.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 01:03 PM

There are several different ailments classed as "arthritis". Glucosamine, so my knowledgeable wife tells me, is only recommended for osteoarthritis.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST,John Leeder
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 12:08 PM

For whatever it's worth (and I don't mean to trivialize real people's problems), we used to give our dog glucosamine sulphate for arthritis, but a different vet recommended Rimadol, and it's been much more effective.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 11:21 AM

The bottle says "Acetylsalicilc acid and caffeine U.S.P." (with codeine).

As I mentioned, Jeri recommended them, and the difference was night and day for me next to the Tylenols.

My next door neighbour is horrified that anybody would use "drugs" for pain and suggests strictly herbal remedies along with meditation....but my guess is that you have to be a "believer" in these methods for them to work, and so far that's not worked for me.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Sean Belt
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 10:05 AM

I've had severe, frequently recurring tendonitis problems in my left hand and my right shoulder/uper arm for the last couple of years. It got so bad that I couldn't play the banjo or guitar for months on end. I tried a regimen of physical therapy and that helped some. But the healing really took off when I combined the PT with a daily dose of Glucosamine. Since then, my hand has had no problems at all and the mobility in my shoulder is making great progress. I'm a believer!

Rick, I'm also interested in finding out more about your A,C&C. My parner, Amy suffers from headaches frequently and if this helped you it might help her.

- Sean


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST,celticblues5
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 09:35 AM

Oops - typing from alien computer again, & forgot it wouldn't put in my name - the immediately preceeding is from me.......


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 09:33 AM

I just spent 3 days at a pain management preceptorship & the people there recommended taking it without the chondroitin. They said studies have shown that only about 13% of the chondroitin is absorbed & so they feel that there's no additional benefit to putting the extra drug into your system.

They also said that glucosamine can raise your blood glucose level, so recommend having your fasting blood sugar tested once a year (at minimum - so obviously people who are already diagnosed with diabetes should continue to monitor themselves more closely).


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST,JB
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 03:58 AM

More anecdotal evidence: I and a couple of friends have been helped with tendonitis by a combination of GS and Chondritin. It's really surprising how much it helps! Hope it works for you as well.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: fox4zero
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 02:12 AM

I started to write a long explanatory essay on various nsaid drugs and how they work on prostaglandins and how there are now known to be 2 kinds of prostaglandins...the joint stabber kind and the stomach- sparing kind like Celebrex, Vioxx and Arthrotek which are known as COX-2 inhibitors. I've had 2 total hip replacements.... (thank God I'm not a centipede!) My carpal tunnel wrists were operated on 2X with good results. This past winter my arthritis was awfully painful and widespread. My knees were real bad and I went., to a knee surgeon in Danbury. I received 3 injections of synthetic synovial fluid in each knee at weekly intertvals, started on arthrotek 50 mg twice daily and on Glucosamine+shark cartilage 4 tablets daily My knee pain was gone at the end of 2-3 weeks.

I am now as happy as pig in s--t. I know the knees were helped by the "synovial" fluid injections, I'm certain the glucosamine+shark cartilage has been helpful in doses of 2 daily for at lest 3 months. I think that catching the shark in these cold Block Island waters and ripping out his cartilage is also a healthy source of endogenous cortisone and epinephrine!

My advice would be to take glucosamine+chondroitin 4 daily for at least 3 months. Good luck to all, Larry Parish Arthrotek had aa profound effect on my affect arthrtek


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: SingsIrish Songs
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 10:19 PM

"A,C&C" tablets? what's that an abbreviation for?

With all this feedback to your thread, Rick, I just might try the Glucosamine for MY wrist and other joint aches...

Mary


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 12:41 PM

MSM is short for methyl-sulfonyl-methane, a dietary supplement. It is "an organic source of sulphur that has long been associated as the metabolite of DMSO and is utilized in connective tissue formation, the antioxidant glutathione and in the detoxification process." That from the label on the bottle. "Sulphur is structurally and functionally important in more than 150 compounds in the body, including enzymes, hormones, antibodies and free-radical scavengers."

Now you know as much as I. My wife is the household "pharmacist", and she could tell you A LOT more. "Mrs. Nutrition", I call her, also known as "The Fat Police". She tells me that authorities (don't ask me which) say that you need a supply of biologically available sulphur for glucosamine sulphate to do its job right.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 11:17 AM

Thanks for the feedback folks.

For what it's worth, I used to treat my periodic headaches with Tylenol, or Excedrin, etc. When Jeri came for a visit she suggested "A,C&C" tablets. I tried them. The headaches disappear in ten minutes now....and I get far fewer! (the psychosomatic factor?)

Rick


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Fortunato
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 11:02 AM

Rick. Glucosomine works. Simple as that. Hard part is doing a good trial. You've @#$%ing got to take it three times a day (500 mg) for a total of 1500 mg for six weeks to see results. Improved my knees so much I forget I ever had a problem. Take it. let me know how it turns out. I have read the many studies at the US National Library of Medicine NIH. But be impeccable. don't miss a single dose, ok?

best wishes, chance


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Troll
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 10:00 AM

I've tried it and it did nothing, nada, zip. But a friend of mine swears by it. Celebrex helps me a little, it helps my son a lot. I can't take Aleve at all because of side effects but my mother has no problem.
My point is, use whatever works for you that your system can tolerate. Everyone is different and every arthritic condition is different. There is no magic bullet.
Just be sure to check the side effects because all the anti-inflamatories have them; even the "natural" ones.

troll


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Bernard
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 09:35 AM

I'm using GS - 500mg tablets - but have only been on it for a couple of weeks, so it's too early to say.

I have arthritis in my neck, which sends my fingers to sleep (either hand, randomly!), and that's not good for a musician!

I'll be interested to know of anyone with the same problem who has had good results, and I'll post as and when I have something to report.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 07:57 AM

DaveO, what is MSM, please?

Wildlone, please, what is Rhus Tox? I've never heard of it over here. Thanks:-)

kat


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: GUEST,murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 01:07 AM

As I understand it, Glucosamine is found in the NewZealand green lipped mussel. Here the mussel extract is not too expensive. and it might be worth looking into in the US.

You can get the mussels flown in live from NZ here in Sydney and they are quite tasty in themselves.

Murray


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 04:29 PM

I've been using glucosamine sulfate for maybe three years now, and will continue to. I had been having some hip problems with arthritis, but that seems to be pretty much a thing of the past. The brand I use does NOT have chondroitin, and the company advises against chondroitin-- I forget why, maybe just that they say the research doesn't show an advantage. It's several years since I read the writeup. I do recall that they state they have double-blind testing in the background on their product. I do also take MSM which works with the GS.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: wildlone
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 03:25 PM

A homeopathic remedy I have heard of is Rhus Tox,
My uncle who was badly injured during WW2 uses it with good results.
I gave it to an old dog we had and it helped her stiffness
A good chemist/pharmasist should stock it.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Metchosin
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 01:53 PM

My testimonial was on the other thread but Morticia, adherence is a factor, if I missed one day or dropped below the daily 1500mg dose of the glucosamine, I could feel it. I didn't use condroitin with it.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Morticia
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 01:37 PM

Rick, my osteopath ( Alice the Hun)recommended this to me.....with condroitin......in 500mg doses 3 times a day.....it is horribly expensive and I have to say doesn't appear to have helped much with my back problems but then I'm crap at adherence so it may be my fault.My understanding is that it can repair and strengthen muscle and cartiledge but it should also be able to restore your youth,increase your intelligence by a factor of ten and make the tea for what it costs.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Mark Clark
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 01:08 AM

Here is a site about glucosamine sulphate that also tracks the lowest prices. I don't know anything about the site or the substance but it looks like it may be interesting.

I'd never heard of this material but it sounds as though some people are being helped by it anyway. My hands are immobilized a good deal of the time too. It used to happen only two or three times a year which was manageable but now the right one always hurts even when it's otherwise mobile. Years ago I went to the doctor, a hand and wrist specialist. It was just like the old doctor, doctor jokes.

Doctor, Doctor, I have this really bad problem.
Have you had this before?
Yes.
Well, it looks like you've got it again.

But Doctor, it hurts when I do this.
Then don't do that.

Isn't there anything I can do?
Don't worry, just take 600 asprin and call me in a year.

Seriously, he told me I had "nonspecific synovitus" and then told me that was medical jargon meaning he didn't know what was wrong. The only satisfaction from the whole experience is that the doctor is now dead and I'm not. Of course it also means he's spending all his time playing music and I'm not. <g>

Thanks for this thread, I'll be watching.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Dave Swan
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 01:02 AM

Tried 'em all. I'm an orthopedic junkyard. Arthritis, screws, carbon fibre, and a young crew to keep up with.

Anyhow, glucosamine didn't do much other than send me to the prune and fruit juice aisle in great discomfort.

As for non-steroidal inflammatories, Celebrex didn't do much for me, but its very close relative Vioxx works very well. Both of them carry risks of gastrointestinal irritation and bleeding and some risk of liver damage in high dosage or long term use. Personally, I'm quite interested in the continuted health of my liver...I've still got big plans for it.

I'm for whatever allows a person to maintain a comfortable quality of life, and good information from a well qualified physician.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 12:51 AM

When Jerry mentioned to the doctor that he had stiffness (no pain yet) in the knuckles of both hands, the response was "I'm not surprised considering what you do for a living" (play folk music). He suggested four possible courses of treatment in order of increasing toxicity. Number one was nothing, number two was alleve, number three was glucosamine without chondroitin and we can't remember what number four was. His comment about glucosamine was that the advertising is way out in front of the science but it does wonders for some people.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Melani
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 12:10 AM

Apparently the glucosamine-chondroitin combination helps some people by rebuilding cartilege. I have heard mixed reviews from various friends.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 10:47 PM

Rick, Celebrex is a VERY expensive RX drug specifically for osteo arthritis. VERY expensive means about $2 per pill, (US). I have 2 friends who take it, and they call it "The Miracle Drug". I guess if it works, it is worth the price, but I don't know about side effects.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 09:13 PM

Hi Rick, I'll PM you some info on glucosamine. Seems to help some people.


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: bbelle
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 09:09 PM

I took glucosamine without chondroitin for severe arthritis in my hips (when I couldn't walk without a cane last year) and it did the trick. I took it for about three months. Some doctors says to keep a maintenance dosage in your system, but I don't think that's a good idea, and if it gets that bad again, I would really have to up the dosage.

For the carpal tunnel in my left wrist, I am using a hard, molded wrist brace and naproxen sodium (Alleve) when it throbbing with pain. I've found sleeping with the brace on helps immensely because it keeps my hand/wrist immobile for several hours. If my doctor recommends surgery, I will have it. I'm in a football town with excellent sports physicians and the surgery is now done using laser. The success rate is excellent and the recovery time is very short (with the laser).

Because of stuff I have coming up, I'm saving my hand/wrist, for that. I don't life anything with my left hand that would make it "bend" and I keep the brace on as much as possible. It's the lifting that is so harmful and painful. Actually playing guitar is not painful.

If I can keep my hand pain-free and range of mobility good, I'll make it through to the first of the year.

Here's hoping ...


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Subject: RE: Glucosamine Sulphate. are you familiar?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Sep 00 - 08:42 PM

Funny, Rick, I was just thinking about this, today, that I'd better look into it, again. Here is an old thread we had on it, darlin': Glucosamine for tendonitis?

Nice to see you, Mary! It's been ages!!

luvyakat


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