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Posted by Old Pop on January 20, 2000 at 14:51:47:

In Reply to: Re: Glucosamine Supplementation for the Treatment of Arthritis posted by gramps on January 20, 2000 at 12:50:02:

: : I developed carpal tunnel syndrome about a year and a half ago and in the process of researching alternative treatments I came across a very informative article about glucosamine, a substance required by your body for normal maintenance of soft tissue structures in the body, such as cartilage, tendon, ligament, joint fluid, heart valves, blood vessels and several structures in the eye. It's too long to cut and paste here but if anyone wants me to send it to them e-mail me at [email protected]

: : Briefly, as it relates to arthritis, glucosamine is the major ingredient in synovial fluid which is what lubricates the joints, and a deficiency causes the fluid to become thin and watery and predisposes the joints to injury which results in the pain that arthritis sufferers experience.

: : The article explains that supplementation with glucosamine for six to ten weeks causes the pain to recede.

: : It sure sounds promising to me.

: : Joyce

: Hi Joyce,

: NIH is presently doing research on a thousand people using glucosamine and chondroiten,alone and together. They haven't posted any results yet that I know of and I keep checking often.

: I have been taking glucosamine for over a year after reading about it in "Runners World" magazine with the suggestion that we "older" runners should take it to protect our joints. It didn't save mine as my running was stopped by an arthritic hip but it may have extended the time I was able to run, who knows?

: I still take glucosamine/chondroiten, in fact I've doubled up on the dosage from 1500 to 3000 mg a day. I don't know if it will help any more than the extra vitamin C,D, or E that I take. I know I'm better now than I was 2 months ago, but it may also be the flaxseed oil, the fish oil, the ginger, the B6 tablets, the acupuncture, the chiropractor, my Priest's healing ceremony or the Swedish therapist at the Tiki Tiki. What ever it is will take me a while to figure out and I'm afraid to stop any of it for fear the worst pain will return.

: Anyway after saying all that, Glucosamine has the most positive claims and very little bad side effects of any of the supplements that I've read about. If I read about anything better, you can bet I will try that too. Good luck,,Gramps

Hi, Joyce,
Maybe this is finally the answer to what I've been calling the vagaries of age for years. So far, since I've been taking arthritis seriously, I've had cortisone injections, a prosthetic wrist/hand brace, and recommendations for both surgery and pain killers - neither of which I'm about to get into at this point. A friend recommended trying glucosamine & chondroitin sulphate, which I've just begun this week (in desperation). Arthritis has shown up in many of these aged joints, but is only painful in my thumbs (extended). If this works as well for me as it has you, maybe I'll be back gardening this spring, after all.
Good luck to both of us.
Old Pop

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