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I've been reading up on Glucosamine and Chondroitin for preventative and ongoing knee pain/swelling relief and am thinking about giving it a shot. Is anyone taking either for knee issues? This stuff isn't cheap and I'm hoping that it's for good reason.

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I took it upon the advice of a friend when I started having knee pain a few years ago when I started MTBing. I've never been good about taking pills and forgot to take them after a couple of weeks. The knee pain ended as my body got used to riding.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I got nuttin' to help ya.

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My brother is an MD and swears by the Glucosamine. He tells me it has worked wonders for his knees. He also says the Chondroitin is not really necessary but it couldn't hurt.
That's not first hand experience but pretty close and I know my brother wouldn't recommend something he didn't believe helped him.

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I took it upon the advice of a friend when I started having knee pain a few years ago when I started MTBing. I've never been good about taking pills and forgot to take them after a couple of weeks. The knee pain ended as my body got used to riding.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I got nuttin' to help ya.



Everything I read said to be sure and take it for a few months as it's a slow acting supplement.

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My brother is an MD and swears by the Glucosamine. He tells me it has worked wonders for his knees. He also says the Chondroitin is not really necessary but it couldn't hurt.
That's not first hand experience but pretty close and I know my brother wouldn't recommend something he didn't believe helped him.
Yeah I've read pretty good things and with the weather change here recently I'm getting a daily reminder that I've been meaning to look in to this stuff further

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Everything I read said to be sure and take it for a few months as it's a slow acting supplement.
Good to know. I might need it in the future so I'll keep that in mind.

Is this for the knee hurt in your crash?

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If you are allergic to shellfish you can't/shouldn't take it.

When I trained Jiu Jitsu more I would take it and in theory I thought it worked. But it also could have just been my body getting used to that type of training and competing.
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Good to know. I might need it in the future so I'll keep that in mind.

Is this for the knee hurt in your crash?
Yep. It's actually been pretty good but these past few weeks it's been a pain in my ass. I think I may have just broke a big piece of scar tissue in there because it hurts where it shouldn't, based on where I messed it up...if that makes sense

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If you are allergic to shellfish you can't/shouldn't take it.

When I trained Jiu Jitsu more I would take it and in theory I thought it worked. But it also could have just been my body getting used to that type of training and competing.
Most of the literature out there references studies vs. a placebo...and while the placebos do surprisingly well!...the Glucosamine does better. It's all gray area though which is why I ask here.

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just a heads up my cholesterol jumped 60 points when i was taking it. i stopped and it came right back down
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Fish oil helps with swelling as well.
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just a heads up my cholesterol jumped 60 points when i was taking it. i stopped and it came right back down
Seems a few people have had this issue. I'll definitely keep it in mind moving forward.

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Fish oil helps with swelling as well.
Well I should be good to go then...it's in a lot of the stuff I like to cook

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I tried it with no results at all. And I was on it for almost 6 months. I ended up going to the ortho and getting Hyalgan injections. They helped for 14 months before I needed to get another round. Then next round lasted a year, and each round after that dropped considerably. That's why I finally got the knee replacement. I hope the Glucosamine helps, but if not ask about the Hyalgan. It's also sold under the name Synvisc. http://www.synviscone.com/

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I took them for a while and thought it helped. Stopped taking them and figured out it was the gradual build in miles and general fitness that got my body accustomed to things. The more I built miles using the 10% /33% running rules the better my knees felt.

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What things are causing your joint pain? Just everyday normal stuff or some type of activity, sport, etc?

The glucosamine chondroitin and MSM type stuff are somewhat dirivitives of sulfur so just note that as well.
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My buddy swears by that stuff, but he takes one of virtually everything out there too. There is a reason we call him the Pharmacist.
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