Is all glucosamine the same?

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GardenerJames
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   Posted 4/5/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've been having some pain in my left hip, knees and back and am planning to start glucosamine.
Are there any brands and or dosages that are recommended?
James
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quincy
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   Posted 4/5/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't a clue...but you should for sure check what else is IN the formula you're considering...what the source is..etc.
Do the research on the internet.

It's hard on the tummy.

There's also MSM....I tried it, can't remember why I'm not taking it tho.

Have you considered Bromelain? It's a digestive enzyme..but I did take it for a while and my left ankle pain improved as well as the general aches and pains. Could be coincidence, but maybe something to consider. You'll be a good subject since your pain is new.

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Old Hat
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   Posted 4/5/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
With the approval of my gastro, who subspecializes in IBD treatment, I take one tablet daily of chain pharmacy brand glucosamine 500/chondroitin400-- nothing else added to it. It has definitely helped my knee flexibility. I noticed an improvement about 6 weeks after I started taking it. When I mentioned that to my internist, the internist replied that most patients report it helps the knees moreso than hips or other joints. I've been taking a daily multivitamin with increased D (500 mg) in it since October, and THAT seems to combat my hip pain. My gastro has a lot of confidence in vit D as a help to IBDers. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

GardenerJames
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   Posted 4/5/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I decided to try Glucosamine sulfate 1000 mg from Nature's Bounty, Now I just have to be patient and see if it works!
James
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily www.myspace.com/gardenerjames
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
1 mg Folic Acid daily
Omega-3 once daily
12th Remicade infusion End of March


dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/5/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Please let us know how it goes! I've always been afraid to try it - having once heard that it wasn't good for peeps with bowel issues or NSAID sensitivities. That was several years ago and hopefully wrong...

I hope it helps!
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elephantlover
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   Posted 4/5/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My Gi told me no nsaid's at all. Took me off Naprosyn which was helping my back some and other aches. And put me on percocet's instead. Having a hard time figuring these Dr's out. Good luck and hope you feel better

pb4
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   Posted 4/5/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
NSAIDs will promote bleeding in the bowels and any good GI will inform their patients of this.

:)
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GardenerJames
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   Posted 4/5/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
is glucosamine considered an NSAID?
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily www.myspace.com/gardenerjames
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
1 mg Folic Acid daily
Omega-3 once daily
12th Remicade infusion End of March


quincy
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   Posted 4/6/2008 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
No it's not James.

I just found this interesting article that might be helpful.
 


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


jujub
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   Posted 4/6/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I know a lot of people who swear by glucosamine, hope you have the same good results. It made me itch so much I had to stop it after two weeks, but I've never heard anyone else complain of that.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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The information I share on this forum is based only on my own experience and study. It is important to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


GardenerJames
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   Posted 4/6/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Heather, that was a very interesting read. Might have to experiment a bit, I looked at the page comparing a few different brands, but got a sneaking suspicion that it was all paid for by the makers of Flexicose, which it is. Still seemed like good info about glucosamine though.
James
Asacol 4 tabs 2x daily www.myspace.com/gardenerjames
Forvia once a day
Probiotic twice daily
Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
1 mg Folic Acid daily
Omega-3 once daily
12th Remicade infusion End of March

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