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FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,043
5/1/13 11:11 P

The chondroitin didn't work for me. I tried Celadrin and have been a fan ever since. I had horrible knee pain when I worked out. It was so painful I could hardly sleep at night. I researched this and found Celadrin to work for me. I have NO pain issues. If I stop taking it the pain comes back. I take one capsule a day. It took at least 30 days or more to build up in my system, so it wasn't an automatic no pain, but today no pain what so ever. I am greatful for this.

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4/30/13 3:30 P

I'm 57 and in pretty good shape. I do notice when I stop taking my Joint Support pill from a local supermarket. It contains glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin. What happens? My knees and hip hurt after I walk and when I lay down to sleep.

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
4/30/13 1:40 P

I'm 36 and have been taking glucosamine for about a year now. My doctor recommended that I try it, as it "may help, and won't hurt".

I have bone and cartilage degeneration in my right knee. At some point I'll need surgery, but for now I'd rather manage it through whatever other options are available. For me, I definitely do notice a difference with taking the glucosamine - not so much in the fact that it's a wonder drug that makes my knee all better; but I definitely notice the negative difference if I get lazy and stop taking it for a few days or a week.

Losing weight is the best serious treatment option for me, to help limit additional damage. For now, I can't even do lunges or squats, or any other weight-bearing exercise that requires my knee to bend and remain stable at the same time. Either it bends, and then collapses, or it doesn't bend and remains stable. Bit of a pain (often literally!) for me, really. But my physiotherapist gave me a series of exercises and stretches to do to both strength the muscles around the joint, and to help shift how I stand and place weight on the knee.

On the dosage front, my doctor didn't give me a recommended dosage either. He told me that there were a lot of good supplements out there, and to try different ones until I found what worked for me.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 33,595
4/30/13 8:46 A

I don't have experience with those, however, if your doctor recommended those for you, he/she should have given you a recommendation for dosage as well. If they didn't, then you may want to call the office and ask them for that recommendation.

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4/30/13 7:56 A

I had knee joint issues (I'm 52). I had knee issues for ten years.

I tried a course of glucasomine/chondritin for two months. I understand that it helps some people. It did nothing for me.What did work was

1] Losing weight. There is more merit in putting less into your mouth rather than putting more ( i.e supplements) in.
2] Fexability work (stretching)
3] For knees I found deep squats with a barbel to be very useful (start off light and increase weight lifted)
4] Keep running down to 40 minutes every two weeks. I found I HAD to run (if I stopped I lost mobility and the situation got worse). If I ran more again the impact of running ceased being a benefit and started to hurt.
5] Now I really don't know why - and it can't be found anywhere else BUT - I found HIIT on a either a cycle or rower for ten minutes every week REALLY helped. There is no logic to why it should help but it did for me.

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SARAHMO4 Posts: 318
4/29/13 11:07 P

Does anyone have any experience with taking glucosamine chondroitin or whether it will help joint aches and stiffness? My doctor recommended it along with losing weight to help take away the discomfort in my knees. It might also help to prevent joint damage due to arthritis both my parents had and osteoporosis my mom has. I dont have either, though since its hereditary, being prepared and working on prevention of anything that can happen is a great plan.

I dont know a good starting point for a dosage is in this kind of supplements or anything really. My doctor said it generally takes a while to build up and take effect in people and that it should help. Some people also notice a change when they stop this supplemetn too after its taken effect. This has me kind of bummed, I am only 27 and already into joint supplements so my health will be good later on? I dont mean it in a bad way, I just didnt realize hereditary issues could start so early and need to be taken care of for when I am older and might have problems. Anyways, help would be appreciated and I would love to hear similar stories.

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