Glucosamine or other supplements for RA
Hi, has anybody had any success using glucosamine and chondroitin or any other over-the-counter supplements to help manage their RA along with their prescriptions? I have an infection in one of my hips and I’m going through an antibiotic treatment so the medication I can take right now is limited just wondering if anybody has had anything over the counter help them. Thanks for any advice
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@norakathryn I took glucosamine and chondroitin for a couple years but when looking for test results that measure improvement in the health of joints I came up short..
Here is one-person, anecdotal report. I have always wondered if it was helping. Then 4 months ago, I had to stop due to a different health issue. Since then my knees, wrists and shoulders are getting quite a bit worse. So in my case, I believe it was helpful.
Thank you Dan. Did you notice anything physically better with your arthritis while you were taking those supplements?
No, I did not notice improvements but I looked if having x-rays would be required to measure joints etc.. I didn't find a study that stated positive results..
Thank you ! That’s a bummer Appreciate your responses
Sue- 1 person is all if takes! Thank you so much I’m gonna try it
my dr recommended collagen over glucosamine . have yet to determine if it really works. anybody taking collagen? earlier i was recommended to take piascledine which is made from soya oil and avocado oil. it improved the tightness and discomfort on the joints of my fingers and toes after some time.
I have been taking collagen peptides for about a year and a half. I use LiveWell…grass fed beef based in a powder form …scoop in my coffee daily (online only straight from LiveWell). I also take tumeric in vitamin form. I really noticed in the last year that I have no joint pain at all. I used to have occasional right hip pain. I do walk daily and have gym classes but I personally thing the collagen has helped a lot. Plus it is beneficial for hair and nails besides bones. Inflammation is one of the causes for joint pain and that’s why it is important to watch what you eat and try to eat as much of an anti inflammatory diet as possible.
Glucosamine never did anything for me.
Hi. For anyone taking glucosamine, how long did you take it to see improvements? I had a hip operation, it's "ok," not perfect yet, about 4 months since, but my knee is the thing that's giving me problems because it's inflammed on one side, has been that way for years. I'm reluctant to take a knee operation but I want to know about the inflammation, not to do with the hip though, but it's stopping me from having a better life right now. It's puffy when I wake up and often during the day, plus bothers me when walking. So — if you took or take glucosamine, (1) is it working, and (2) does it reduce inflammation, and (3) how long did it take if you noticed good results? (Thank you.)
I took Glucosamine Chondrotin for many years…years ago..mainly because I have osteoporosis. I really don’t know if it helped with the occasional pain I had here and there. I don’t have pain now but I have been taking Omega 3 daily along with other supplements. This is just to keep inflammation away and I also eat an anti inflammatory diet. It must be working because at nearly 82 I generally am pain free and take no medications.
Some people swear by Glucosamine or Chondrotin or a combo of both. I walk daily and go to the gym three time a week. The last thing I want is surgery of any sort so I try to keep my joints supple by being active and having a good diet. I do know that a CBD balm helped when I had butt pain.
Try the anti inflammatory diet route and maybe a fish oil or omega supplement. Perhaps a soft knee brace would help…many are available on Amazon…for days that are painful….helps with stability…Above all, avoid surgery if possible. Lidocaine patches might help with pain also.
I try to avoid ibuprofen because it is Ototoxic and I already have a hearing loss.
It may take a couple of months to see an effect with diet or fish oils but I bet you will see an improvement. Good luck.