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Re: [at-l] Glucosamine
- Subject: Re: [at-l] Glucosamine
- Cc: <email@example.com>
- Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2000 6:22 PM
> Milt Webb wrote:
> > On Wed, 23 Feb 2000, Thomas McGinnis wrote:
> > > I prevent a significant amount of pain, to say nothing of the avoided
> > > ingestion of ibuprofen, ketoprofen, magnesium salysilate, naproxin
> > > sodium, grombidygroomdiddy hydrochloride............ by taking
> > > glucosamine.
> > I have OA in the hip and have quit taking the above for pain after
> > that excessive doses of some of this could actually be bad for your
> > cartilage. I don't have the references for this info handy. Probably
> > it on some website that sells glucosamine ;-)
> > Actually, I do take an occasional ibuprophen, but that's for the aching
> > big toe.
> > I also take Glucosamine but not sure I really feel any pain relief from
> > it. It's not going to make that little bone spur in the joint go away
> > that's my major source of pain. Nor do I think it's 'growing' cartilage.
> > But, it might be protecting my 'good' joints a little.
> > Am trying various natural/herbal anti-inflammatories --- nothing to
> > there at this time.
> > Still jogging, but riding the bike more. The more active I am the better
> > it is overall.
> I've been taking glucosimine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate since 1996. I
> arthroscopic surgery to remove cartilage in 1985 and 1995. Injury induced
> arthritis in my knees followed soon after. My orthopedic surgeon
> NSAIDS and told me I would have to eventually give up backpacking. I'd
> cycling for many years and didn't have problems with that activity. I had
> given up running in 1985 after the first surgery. I took up to 8 Aleve's a
> when my pain was the worst.
> The supplements mentioned above took about a month to alleviate my pain. I
> quit taking NSAIDS. I haven't had knee pain since. I've hiked many miles
> the AT since then . I use Leki poles, but not for the pain anymore. I like
> them for balance.
> My Mayo Clinic trained surgeon at first attributed my improvement to the
> placebo effect. He discounted all of the European studies I cited. Then,
> day in the mail, I received a copy of a study done in the U.S. which was
> published in JAMA. He had sent it to me with a note saying that he was now
> recommending glucosimine and chondroitin to his patients. The study showed
> significant improvement in arthritis sufferers taking the supplements. The
> study was done on people suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee.
> I still take a maintenance dose everyday. I've resumed running again and
> not experienced any pain. I love the "placebo" effect!
> Peter H. Fornof
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