Glucosamine

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  1. ikiru

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    I have been dealing with "achy" knees and I think I have a bit of bursitis in my knee (due to volleyball). I have heard glucosamine can help. Has anyone taken glucosamine? Results? Recommendations?

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. LDfan

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    I don't take it but I'm getting ready to start my dog on it. His hips have gotten bad to the point there is no more cartilidge in the hip-socket.

    It's supposed to help from what I've heard but it takes about a month before you'll start noticing anything.

    Jeff
     
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    I've been taking MSM (1000mg each pill, one or twice a day depending on my schedule) for about 3 months and it has really helped my knees and hamstrings out. (It took me about 3 weeks to notice a difference) I have bad knees from years of running track and cross country. Before taking MSM I would have aching knees and/or hamstrings after playing volleyball. Getting from the parking garage to my desk was hell. Now I don't have a problem, even after playing 6 games. My knees seem to creek even less too. (I'm only 32) You can get even get glucosamine and MSM together I believe. Give one or both a try.
     
  4. ikiru

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    Whats MSM?

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    msm is Methyl Sulfonyl Methane
    Try this link GNC on MSM
     
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    I've been doing a lot heavier weight training lately, and my trainer advised me to start taking glucosamine to help strengthen my connective tissue and joints. I just started yesterday, so I'll post back after a few weeks and let you know how it's worked for me.
     
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    I think the most effective combination may be the glucosamine and chondrontin in combination. Somewhere around 1200 to 1500 mg per day. You can get it fairly reasonably at Sam's Club. It's extremely costly at GNC and drugstores.

    I have used it for several years now and it cleared up my knee joint problems. I asked a local joint specialist about it (I forget what they are called, he does knee replacement surgery), and he said he is now prescribing it for his patients to attempt to avoid knee replacement in some patients.

    Deane
     
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    Hmmm, I used to know a local joint specialist. [​IMG]
     
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    I use a neoprene knee brace and it works great.
     
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    I play a lot of basketball and experience sore knees in addition to a current bout of patella tendinitis. I just started on the stuff a few days ago, so i'll check in on the results a few weeks later too. I'm taking 500mg capsules of glucosamine 3 times a day with each meal. Hopefully it'll alleviate the pain.
    I have read that liquid form is much more effective with people seeing results in 7-14 days rather than 4-6 weeks for the capsules, but I couldn't find any at the local drug store. [​IMG]
     
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    I've been "blessed" with rheumatoid arthritis in my hands, and osteo arthritis in my knees. My doctor told me to try the Glucosamine and Chondroitan, along with my regular medicine. She says, while there have been no scientific tests, she has heard some very positive results from her patients. She specifically mentioned "Osteo Bi-Flex" as a trustworthy brand. It is available at Sams Club.

    I took it, and it caused pain in my knees. She said it was probably the regrowth of cartilage, but I decided the pain wasn't worth it. I may try it again, as it's getting worse.

    A cop friend of mine, who was in a bad motorcycle accident, and had the cartilage removed from his knees, used Glucosamine, and says it allows him to walk now. Without it, he couldn't bend his knees. He said he took no other drugs, so he attributes all of his healing to the glucosimine.
     

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