Ankylosing Spondylitis taken Glucosamine & Chondroitin

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   Posted 7/3/2010 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I was wondering if someone can give me some suggestion in regards to taken Glucosamine & Chondroitin.

I have major Ankylosing spondylitis, my back is already totally fused. I thinking about taken some Glucosamine and Chondroitin. does it help? would it do any good or would it do more damage? thank you for your suggestion.

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   Posted 7/3/2010 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
TNF-inhibitors medications usually help the pain. NSAIDs and anti-rheumy medications are usually used. My dad has the ankylosing spondylitis, so I know what you take sounds about right.
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   Posted 7/3/2010 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are really more intended for "age-related" arthritic joint deterioration/inflammation (osteo-arthritis, as opposed to the more aggressive auto-immune forms), not the kind of advanced spinal AS that you're talking about. All they really do is improve joint "lubrication" and the condition of connective tissues. They're not much for making a big dent or actually treating the underlying problems involved in aggressive AS. Personally they've never helped my Reactive Arthritis, which overlaps significantly with AS (many people have both, and ReA often involves some forms of spondylitis)
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   Posted 7/4/2010 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your suggestion. I'm currently on a TNF-inhibitors medication already, Remicade to be exact. but it had not been working for me. it worked great in the pass, but the last 2 infusions, it only lasted for 2 weeks and I was in extreme pain.

I want to see if I can take something else to help provent some of the future damages. what's interesting is right after I took the Glucosamine pills, I actually felt a minor relaxation from the pain for the next hour. I realize that after a few weeks of taken the pill. but my upper spinal is starting to have some noticeable pain different than the other existing pains.

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   Posted 8/31/2011 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
swon888, how is the ongoing report regarding using glucosamine for your AS? My brother has AS and I bought glucosamine supplements, however I am a bit worried about no effect at all or the side effect on liver and insulin effect on taking glucosamine supplements. Please advise me.

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   Posted 9/1/2011 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Heya Swon888,

I just have a question about your spine, you say your back is totally fused now...I was told that the pain often goes away when this happens. My lower part of my spine is fused and pain has disapeared, however my rib cage is also affected and gets extremely tight. Do you have alot of pain is your spine anymore now that is fused?


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