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Meniscus vs. GLUCOSAMINE?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
hOLA!

I mentioned last year that Glucosamine + Piroxican, and an anti-inflammatory cream used mainly for cows (UBRENAL), worked MAGIC for my knees, in 2 months.

I now have a more severe pain, and my Doc says it's my meniscus (pain happened after I kept running while feeling some pain) that needs a bit of laparoscopy. I don't want to do this procedure, so I'm going back to my proven formula.

QUESTIONS: 1. What is MSM? Is Gluc/MSM better than plain Gluc?

2. I did not take Chondroitin 'cause I read it may not be good for those of us who've suffered a heart attack (mild one) 10 years ago. True? If I can take this Chondroitin, does it make the glucosamine better, for knees?

Gracias!
post #2 of 11
Piroxicam... the brand it's usually sold under is Feldene. Keep an eye on your stomach as Feldene was implicated some years back in some very nasty stomach ulcer cases (and became less popular here as a result, although I reckon its stablemate, Tenoxicam, is even worse). Also be careful when taking anti-inflamms by mouth and as a cream, as you can inadvertently end up with a much bigger dose than you realise.

Haven't tried Glucosamine etc yet, might give it a go when next in the US as it's a lot cheaper there. I saw a giant pot of it in CostCo for bugger-all compared with what it'd cost here.
post #3 of 11
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

I had a scope job on my left knee about 13 yrs ago, & the ortho wanted to do the same on the right.
After taking glucosamine/chondroitin, the pain in the right knee vanished.

I now use Triflex ( by GNC), which is a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin & msm.

The good part is: no side affects.

Hope this helps

Ray
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for heads-up on Piroxicam, I take 20mg/day for 5 days, then stop.

The only Gluc i find here is GNC or Nature's Bounty. GNC is 4x as expensive, would anyone vouch for Nature's Bounty?
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by rayl1964 View Post
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

I had a scope job on my left knee about 13 yrs ago, & the ortho wanted to do the same on the right.
After taking glucosamine/chondroitin, the pain in the right knee vanished.

I now use Triflex ( by GNC), which is a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin & msm.

The good part is: no side affects.

Hope this helps

Ray
no side effects = PERFECT drug... does not happen... if someone tells you this be VERY suspicious...

glucosamine appears to have had adverse effects on glucose control in diabetics... ummm I'm sure there are a couple of other minor hitches... I will check at work and see if I can remember to post...

Oh and take it with food as glucosamine does cause some gastric irritation I believe...
post #6 of 11
I read a report (I think it might have been linked here, actually) where gluc. HCL gave better bang for buck than gluc. sulphate. The sulphate versions are usually cheaper, but not hugely so.
post #7 of 11
Sams Club has a 3 month supply of Osteo BiFlex for $30. It contains Glucosamine, Condroitin and MSM. Tomorrow I go in to have my knee scoped, torm meniscus. I have been taken it for a week. No results to report as of yet.
post #8 of 11
This has been hashed before. The HCL is by far the wisest choice, like Ant says and our other OZ babe is right about taking them with food.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by disski View Post
no side effects = PERFECT drug... does not happen... if someone tells you this be VERY suspicious...
Not only am I suspicious, but I have a med cabinet full of Lortab, Flexeril, & avinza (time release morphine) which I refuse to take.

I didn't mean to indicate that these supplements have no side affects.
For me, I've had no problems or side affects for the past 13 yrs.

I started on a combo of gluc./ chond. by schiff (found at my local walmart)
I now use triflex by GNC, which includes msm, and have seen no side affects at all.

I do, as someone mentioned, take supplements with food, as some may upset the stomach.

Hope this helps
post #10 of 11
I use a liquid glucosamine that has both good types, and chondroitin also.
Suppose to be absorbed better. It has definitely delayed having my right knee scoped...
NO PILLS for me, too much filler (sawdust) and many do not totally disintegrate, so you end up
flushing them.
post #11 of 11
Glucosamine, MSM, seperate and together are available at Trader Joe's.
Not sure of the price point vs GNC or costco/Sam's club.

Figure bulk = cheaper as with most things, so GNC might be the way to go.

^^Picked some up at Trader Joe's and am slowly working it in now
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