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Old 07-17-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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Question MSM supplement...good or bad for HypoT?

Hi all...got a question. I have a bit of arthritis ...no big deal really..I just get a little stiff in my knees and hips if I sit too long. Once I'm up and moving I'm fine. I was told that MSM or either a combo of MSM and Chondroitin supplement might help me. Does anyone know about these supplements? I'm hypoT (currently doing very well on Levoxyl - TSH 1/26 and Free T3 in upper range). Really feeling good except the little stiffness. I can live with it if I have to, but if I can a get a little relief that's great, too! Hey, after struggling and battling with my thyroid for the past almost 2 years I'll try not to complain too much about a little stiffness!
Anyone with any experience with MSM and hypoT?

BTW: I think the active ingredient in MSM is Sulfur...
thanks!


 
Old 07-17-2006, 06:11 PM   #2
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Re: MSM supplement...good or bad for HypoT?

Hi Lucy,

There are two active parts to MSM. The sulfur & the methyl groups. While some people w/hypoT, particularly when untreated or undertreated, have difficulty with sulfur, most people don't. Sulfur is a time-honored remedy for arthritic pain & has anti-inflammatory effects.

My doc (naturopath) has said up to 4 grams per day of MSM is OK for me, but I use much less, about 250 mg. 2 x/day. MSM is very inexpensive if you buy it in the bulk powder form. It can also be added to baths, foot soaks, etc. for additional pain relief.

Some people swear by chondroitin, however, I didn't find it particularly helpful. I do use N-acetyl-glucosamine, however, to great benefit for my prematurely osteoarthritic knees. I tried other forms of glucosamine & the acetylated one worked best for me. YMMV.

Have you tried EPA fish oil concentrate? It's really the best thing for stiffness & pain ... I couldn't live without it. (But it can't be used by anyone w/bleeding or clotting problems.)

Best wishes.

 
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:16 AM   #3
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Re: MSM supplement...good or bad for HypoT?

Elmhar...thanks for your response and input! No I haven't tried EPA fish oil but if you're saying it's good for stiffness then I need to buy some! I don't have any bleeding or clotting problems so I guess it'll be o.k....thanks much!

 
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