Supplements for arthritis?

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Supplements for arthritis?
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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 9:48am

Are there any particular supplements that may help those with arthritis? Have you personally tried anything and if so, did it work for you?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 06-13-2013 - 1:26pm

Here is a nice article about herbs that can be helpful with arthritis and joint pain:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4815/5-Herbs-for-Arthritis-Joint-Pain.html

My mom has rhumetoid arthritis and she takes glucosamine daily along with Omega-3 supplements and she said she can definitely tell the difference when she runs out or isn't taking them consistently.

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Registered: 08-16-2001
Sun, 06-16-2013 - 8:37pm

Arryl, thanks for that link!  :)  Unfortunately studies have shown that glucosamine/chondroitin works mainly for osteoarthritis, if it works at all.  Arryl, I'm glad you mom is receiving help from glucosamine and Omega-3.  The studies are kind of divided, so if you can afford the glucosamine, there is no harm in giving it a try.  Note that consistency is key.  It's not like Advil or other NSAIDS where you can take a couple, the pain goes away and that's it.  All supplements need to be taken every day.  I take Omega-3 capsules myself but can't really say if they help that much.  Again, if you want to take them, they won't cause harm, so go ahead.

There is also Devil's Claw which may help with arthritis inflammation.  And Turmeric.  If you decide you want to try either of these, please check with your doctor first.  They are relatively safe, but may conflict with any other meds that you are taking.  A good overall and well-researched site is Dr. Weil's Herb and Supplement recommendations.  http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/PAG00324/Supplements-Vitamins-Herbs.html

Hope this helps a little.

Molly
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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 06-17-2013 - 4:17pm
Thanks Molly. I honestly think my mom may be more on the side of osteoarthritis, my grandmother has it and my mom's doctor's can't seem to decide what she actually has. They said she had rhumetoid arthritis, she tried some medications they had her try and none of them seemed to give her much relief, but the glucosamine and Omega-3 did, and then about 2 or 3 years after the initial diagnosis they told her she didn't actually have it... So as you can imagine, she's a bit frustrated with things since she hasn't gotten a ton of relief and doesn't know what to do if she doesn't know what she has. She crochets and has since she was a kid and in the winter months she can barely do it for very long at all, her fingers get extremely sore. Thanks for the suggestion of Devil's Claw, I will pass it along to her!
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