anyone use glucosamine or msm for joint pain?

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hekela
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   Posted 12/9/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
**trying this again**

any luck with glucosamine or msm for your joint pain?
any problem with UC when you took it?

i'm feeling good lately so i don't want to rock the boat, but my shoulders are giving me some trouble.

thanks!
28, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.
-tried SCD for 4 weeks with no improvement...
-Asacol since 7/26/06
-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-probiotics, ground psyllium husk, fish oil, CalMag, multivitamin

may you live all the days of your life.

Post Edited (hekela) : 12/11/2007 2:09:40 PM (GMT-7)


hekela
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   Posted 12/11/2007 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
wow, no one?
28, happily married, stay at home mom to 2 year old son
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.
-tried SCD for 4 weeks with no improvement...
-Asacol since 7/26/06
-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-probiotics, ground psyllium husk, fish oil, CalMag, multivitamin

may you live all the days of your life.


tjf
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   Posted 12/11/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
in the past I have taken glucosamine (i have a cartilige tear in my knee). Honestly it didn't help me that much. This was pre-UC so I can't comment on any effects on UC. Sorry!
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pb4
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   Posted 12/11/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
In a few small studies, n-acetyl glucosamine has shown promise for treating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. N-acetyl glucosamine forms part of an enzyme needed to produce mucus. Therefore, it is believed to increase the production of the mucus that lines the lower gastrointestinal tract, providing a protective effect. More research for this possible use is needed.

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Sideshowbob
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   Posted 12/11/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
ive taken it when im training extra heavy with weights, not spefically for uc. whether or not it works im not sure, since i am absent of joint pain in general. it was more preventative for me.
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Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
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Polarisjeff
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   Posted 12/11/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I took a glucosamine/chondroitin supp. for 4 months for severe joint pain from Prednisone withdrawal. It worked, just took forever.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis April 2006

Asacol 3x2(400mg)/day
Hydrocortisone enemas when needed

Probiotics, fish oil, iodine, Bio-D-mulsion, Ultra InFlamx, acupuncture,
massage, sea salt,

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njguy69
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   Posted 12/12/2007 4:16 AM (GMT -7)   
You have to give Glucosamine at least 6 months before it starts being effective. Lots of people aren't aware of this. People stop taking it before, thinking it's ineffective, not realizing that they haven't given it a chance. It's helped me out a great deal, especially with what I do and my past knee issues. I'm back to running again and doing my squats and lunges and all my other fun activities. One of my favorite MMA fighters Frank Shamrock swears by Glucosamine, for whatevers that's worth.
aka. uc veteran

Asacol - four a day
6 MP - 1 tab. a day
Remicade - every eight weeks.

Post Edited (xtremefit) : 12/12/2007 4:23:47 AM (GMT-7)


princesscolon
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   Posted 12/12/2007 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I am supposed to take it, just trying to get out of this flare beforehand if possible. My Arthritis specialist told me I should be taking it. Are there any side effects to it?
Adrienne,27
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with rectal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade
2007:Increased Remicade dosage-660mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
Current meds: Remicade 660mgs every 6 wks, Lomotil, Tramadol, Darvocet, Clorazepate, new meds I am about to start: Prograf, Cymbalta, Lyrica


Old Hat
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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I take one glucosamine/chondroitin (500/400) daily & it does help the knee joints. For shoulder pain I'd recommend a topical, like BenGay Arthritis Formula. Try to assess whether the shoulder pain could be originating in your neck. I heard from a physical therapist that this is often the case, but patients don't realize it. Also, if your UC is flaring, the joint pain will likely persist 'til your colon calms down. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily; seem to be back in remission)

pb4
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   Posted 12/12/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
princesscolon :) Why wait until you're out of a flare if it has benefits to IBD as well as joint pain (as mentioned in my reply above)?

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dakotagirl
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   Posted 12/12/2007 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
It's been a few years since I heard this, so things could have changed. I'd be wary of using glucosamine without talking to a pharmacist. My aunt, a pharmacist, warned me of ever taking glucosamine because it has something similar to NSAIDs - which IBDers are not supposed to use. I'll clarify this with: I'm not sure what that "similarity" was, it could have been that it just calmed inflammation (which would be a good thing for IBDers).

So, just make sure you check it out and make sure it's okay to take with the meds you are taking.
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jujub
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   Posted 12/12/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried glucosamine briefly, but it made my skin itch terribly. I wasn't able to continue long enough to see if it would help the joint pain.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade. Completely off steroids for more than a year now! In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
Now tapering Azathioprine, please pray for me.
 

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