How well is glucosamine tolerated in ppl with CD?

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Marie-Claire
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   Posted 3/28/2008 1:54 AM (GMT -7)   
hello everyone.
I am thinking of taking glucosamine to help with arthritic pain but am on a very limited budget. I don't want to spend a lot of money, because they are expensive here, then find out that I can't take them. This happened with calcium tablets that I had to subsequently have to give away.... for those of you with arthritis pain....does the glucosamine help....and how does it affect your CD, if at all?
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 


Razzle
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   Posted 3/28/2008 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband has been taking MSM for his arthritis, since he is allergic to shellfish and so we don't trust the glucosamine to be safe for him (glucosamine is usually derived from shellfish). He says the MSM works wonders on his joints. He has an allergic form of IBD called Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis and the MSM isn't hurting his gut any. MSM is a sulfur supplement. The body converts the sulfur into glucosamine and other necessary sulfur-based substances for healthy connective tissue. You also need Vitamin C. Vitamin C is the conductor, and sulfur is the building block for connective tissue. You might find mineral ascorbates more gentle on the gut than ascorbic acid forms of Vitamin C.

Good luck,
-Razzle
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broomhilda
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   Posted 3/28/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I take the glucosamine & chondrotin (spelling?) supplements. They do a good job at reducing my joint pain and pain reliever meds. Ergo, improving my range of motion. I've had a shoulder adhesion which I went to Pt for and enough bone loss from the predinose, I'm also on Boniva once a month. I take 1500mg daily of the glucosamine/chondrotin per recommended by my ortho. Some says it works for them and some say it doesn't. I say anything is worth trying for less pain so long as it doesn't do further damage.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


ivy6
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   Posted 3/29/2008 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
If you go here

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/healthreport/stories/2007/2039642.htm

you will find an interview with a Hal Scofield, who found that glucosamine can worsen conditions like diabetes in people predisposed to those conditions. In effect, it stresses an already overstressed system.

I'd check with your doctor before starting any new medication, even if it is OTC. And I'd be doubly cautious if I were overweight or on steroids, both of which can increase one's risk of developing diabetes.

Ivy.
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Nanners
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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thats a good question. I would like to hear if anyone else has tried it too. I had thought of trying it but am afraid to becuz I have such a sensitive stomach, but would like to find some relief for my aching joints.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


broomhilda
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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the post Ivy, wasn't aware of this potential problem. I do not have a history of diabeties though and my sugar levels are outstanding.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


ivy6
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   Posted 3/30/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
It wasn't just diabetes; it was a few things. You might want to read the interview and check.
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Matthew
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   Posted 3/31/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I took it in January of '06. It did not effect my CD in any way. However, I didn't get a big enough benefit to justify the expense. Later studies shows its mostly helpful to people with severe Osteoarthritis ( I have moderate Osteo on top of my CD, ain't Life grand?!).

Sincerely,
Matthew

sammies
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I take MSM on a regular basis and glucosamine chondroitin for a few days when I have severe shoulder pain. I found the MSM to be helpful with my Crohn's and the gl chon. to be helpful for my shoulder.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 4/1/2008 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone for responding to my question. I will keep reading and researching. I see my GI in 2 weeks so will ask her if this would hurt my CD.
Frankly , I'm fed up with always having something wrong with me....if its not the CD giving me a hard time, its the MS, and if not that its the arthritis, Restless leg syndrome etc etc...and sometimes its everything at once....wham!Take That! I always wonder what I could have possibly have done wrong in my previous life to merit coming back to this.. I do always keep a smile on my face, talk to everyone , and have a real joy for life nonetheless....anyone who meets me usually doesn't have a clue that all these things are happening....I figure why burden anyone else with my problems....that's what u guys are here for ! Ha! Just kidding. Thanks for listening and taking the time to " talk" to me....please continue to do so....you are all a God send!
Mary
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 

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