Do You Take Any Joint Medicine or Vitamins?

© Marsha Musselman Osteo bi-flex vitamin bottle of mine
Midland, Michigan
July 24, 2016 12:03pm CST
I've decided to try to see a specialist about whether I'd benefit from knee replacement surgery. While waiting for my appointment to be set up, I'm going to try to do better taking Osteo BiFlex vitamins which is supposed to help with joints. I've purchased many bottles of this but rarely take them on a regular basis. Usually, I'll begin the recommended regimen and forget after a bit. I'm not really sure, but I've never noticed a difference while taking them, although I've never been consistent long enough to really know for sure. I have two bottles currently, and they are good until October at least. I will be surprised if it makes any difference, although any difference will be an improvement. A customer where I cashier told me that her husband takes them but told his doctor they're weren't working. The doctor told him that even though he couldn't detect a difference, they were helping his joints and he should continue. I heard this story some time ago, but still haven't made myself take them. I'm on my third or fourth day. I know that several of you out there have had knee replacement surgery, but did you or do you take anything to support your joint care?
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@AutumnSnow (4582)
24 Jul 16
I have horrible joint and leg pain I've had two surgeries on my back. I refuse to take any kind of dangerous pain killer's and other medicine usually makes me sick. Im always looking for natural,herbal alternatives to manage the pain.
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• Midland, Michigan
24 Jul 16
I don't know about herbal alternatives, although I have taken turmeric and cinnamon in pill form. Those do help some people, but again, I didn't take them often enough to know for sure. One thing that I've found works wonders for my thumb joints is essential oils. My sister made me up a concoction that helps migraines and headaches and I discovered that it also helps heal my thumb joints for longer periods of time. One of these days I hope to write something about this as another member is also interested. While it works great on my thumb joints, I'm not able to try it out much on my knee joints as I'm wearing pants at work and I'd not be able to roll them up or go into the bathroom to apply the oils when their aggravated.
@skysnap (18248)
24 Jul 16
I try to avoid medication unless I am being told to. But I just take the cod liver oil tablets.
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• United States
24 Jul 16
i've osteoporosis so've a buffet 'f supplements (crohn's/steroids/genetic) tryin' to protect what i've got, rebuild what i can. i'd rather do such through foods, but aint possible'n most cases. takes sometimes 3-4 months'f takin' those 'n a regular basis 'fore some feel any diff'rence. jest think'f the time 't took fer 'em to get so bad that'cha began seekin' relief :)
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• Midland, Michigan
25 Jul 16
The best thing that worked for me was cod liver oil emulsified. You took a tablespoon of the oil with a tablespoon of orange juice and shook it up. That emulsified it. Then drink it quick and not eat or drink anything for about twenty minutes. Withing two weeks I noticed a difference and stuck with that for one year. Although, after a few months I found there was a preparation already mixed in the health food stores that tasted somewhat better. I gave myself a break after that year which was a mistake because by the time I went back to purchase more they'd taken it off the shelves.
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• United States
25 Jul 16
@MarshaMusselman :( danged the luck. i reckon since ya'd good results ya could go back to mixin' such with the orange juice? i've a friend who buys the lemon flavored 'n makes like a tea slushy with 't, lol.
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• Midland, Michigan
25 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx I suppose I could. Hadn't thought of that either, by golly. Not that I'd look forward to it, but it might be worth it in the long run. Just have to get around that lovely taste, lol.
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@Corbin5 (123111)
• United States
24 Jul 16
I do take magnesium for joint health, but not any evidence that it works. I just wear a knee brace when it acts up, usually in very humid weather.
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• Midland, Michigan
24 Jul 16
Its' been worse for me this year than in a long time and it's not going away. It could be the unnaturally hotter weather, but it wasn't so good when it was cooler some of the previous weeks. My left knee has difficulty bending when I walk and I have to keep working and forcing it to bend which takes more effort both mentally and physically. I have a compression section just for the knee area which helps a lot too.
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@Corbin5 (123111)
• United States
25 Jul 16
@MarshaMusselman Mine is the worst it has been too. I have a angle to thigh brace that I had gotten years ago when I had a spill and my bad knee took a beating. The more the knee moves, the slower it will heal. It is not comfortable sleeping with the big brace on, but if the muscles are do not move, faster healing occurs.
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• Midland, Michigan
25 Jul 16
@Corbin5 That sounds like a knee immobilizer I own that I got when I sprained y knees when falling on our ramp a few years ago when it was a bit frosted from colder weather. I've thought about wearing it in recent years to help my knees too but haven't yet.
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
26 Jul 16
I've been told I need knee replacement like last year but I had to move and life has been too crazy to get it done. I've never taken any of those medications because I just didn't think they would do anything with my knee being so bad. Maybe I should try?
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• Midland, Michigan
26 Jul 16
It probably wouldn't hurt. Our store sells them buy one get one free a lot, otherwise they can be expensive I doubt it would hurt, maybe even do your joints some good
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@CRK109 (14381)
• United States
26 Jul 16
@MarshaMusselman I need to check them out. You're right. It probably can't hurt. And if it does end up helping me...well, that would be wonderful! I'm already trying my hardest to lose some weight, since I know that will help. Of course, that's one of the hardest things to do.
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@BelleStarr (40243)
• United States
25 Jul 16
I have used glucosamine chondroitin for the last 15 yrs I take it religiously and it has helped me survive.
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• Midland, Michigan
26 Jul 16
I'm trying to get back into using it again and more faithfully this time. We'll see how it goes. Today I noticed a section of skin over a bone on my lower leg where the skin is thin and in two places non-existent. I know that's a side-effect of one of the pain pills I've been taking for my joints. I just read through the list of other side-effects and decided to quit taking that any longer. I didn't find the one about the thinning of the skin or whatever it's called, but it can cause blood to seep under the skin which I already have a problem with. It can cause knee pain, which has been worse recently. I don't know whether that is due to the weather or what, but just in case... There are other side effects that I've experienced periodically too, so it would be good to quit that one for good. Someone thought that the joint pills pictured could cause problems later on if a person takes them for a few years and then quits, but first I need to build the habit of taking them daily then we'll see whether I continue or not.
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@BelleStarr (40243)
• United States
27 Jul 16
@MarshaMusselman I order my pills from Puritan's Pride, they are less expensive and have the higher amount of chondroitin that I prefer. I used to use Pain-Free from Schiff ut they lowered the chondroitin and it wasn't as effective.
@koopharper (6895)
• Canada
24 Jul 16
My wife has taken a lot of different suppliments to counter her joint pain. Some of them help and then stop making a difference. Some of them of course don't do anything. I'll try to get her attention over to this discussion.
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• Midland, Michigan
24 Jul 16
Thanks, course different things will probably work for different people as our ailments aren't going to be exactly the same.
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• Canada
24 Jul 16
@MarshaMusselman True enough. There are things she can't take because of allergies.
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@marlina (80748)
• Canada
24 Jul 16
I don,the take anything for joints.
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• Midland, Michigan
24 Jul 16
Do you have arthritis or other joint ailments, Marie? I wouldn't even consider taking these if I had good joint health.
@OreoBrownie (3653)
• Commerce, Georgia
26 Jul 16
I had knee replacement surgery on both sides. I had them one at a time and I dont regret the surgeries! I was in constant pain from not being able to use them. I got lots of good years from my artificial knees.
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@DianneN (92230)
• United States
25 Jul 16
I don't take them anymore, but Doodles the cat does so his joints stay loose from his leg surgery. Good luck with that knee of yours.
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@TheHorse (75152)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Jul 16
I don't take anything for my joins. I'm suspicious of anything but the right exercise.
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@LeaPea2417 (23260)
• Toccoa, Georgia
24 Jul 16
I mainly just take a multi vitamin a day.
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@rina110383 (24065)
24 Jul 16
No, I don't take one. My parents take some meds for their joints.