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Racer, Thinking along the same line

Posted by Deb on July 14, 1999, at 10:12:58

In reply to Elizabeth, another thought for you, posted by Racer on July 14, 1999, at 0:04:30

> I take another supplement that you might consider. This is another "well, it helps the horses..." discovery I've made! Chondroitin Sulfate, and Glucosamine Sulfate. Together they work much better than alone. I know that the club stores out here, Cosco and Price club, sell the combination under the name Pain Free. It's not like a painkiller, which just kills pain, but more like an anti-depressant: you have to give them time. In this case, you'll have to take them religiously for about 30 days before they work, and you won't suddenly feel better. You may not even notice any improvement, but I can swear that when I stopped taking them for a while, because I didn't notice a change, I could tell there was a difference as soon as it got really bad again. The results are pretty subtle, and it's one of those gradual things that you really may not notice.
> The theory behind these drugs, as I understand it, is that the Chondroitin Sulfate improves the viscosity of the synovial fluid while the Glucosamine improves the health of the cartilidge. Something like that, anyway. Since your spine is made up of joints, even if you don't think of them that way, it may very well help your discomfort.
> And may all those doctors who say it's 'all in our heads' experience gout every Monday morning for the rest of their lives! (Seems only fair, after all...)

My husband was diagnosed with gout a little over a year ago. This is not a man who complains, but did he ever carry on. The pain must be excruciating. Anyway, I did my research, went to the vitamin section of my pharmacy and got him a bottle of Glucosamine Chondroitin. I checked with his pharmacist for posssible interractions since he does take the regular gout meds. Before the gout he had frequent back pain and stiff joints. Now after a year on this supplement, plus his meds, his attacks are fewer are farther apart and I don't remember the last time he complained with his back! Could be there's something to this. Maybe we all should look a little more into "horse medicine" .




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