dizzytex, you might want to try a combination of Glucosamine/Chondroitin
along with about three capsules of Cod Liver Oil a day.
I have been taking G/C for my left knee since '96, and was recently
diagnosed as needing a right hip replacement. I doubled my G/C to about
3gm./day of glucosamine, and managed to loose 15 pounds. No more pain in
the right hip, no more ibuprophen or tylenol, and no longer need the cane,
and the injured left knee is doing quite well.
Have no idea how long I can get away with this, but it sure beats hip