The Other I

March 1, 2009

Joint pain might not always be incurable

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 9:01 pm

In my mid-forties, I began to notice that pain in my joints was getting worse and my joints were getting increasingly stiff and painful.  I gave up wine and most alcohol which helped to keep the problem from getting worse, but not better.  Cod liver oil, salmon oil, manganese, and B-complex supplments didn’t seem to produce seriously visible results.  I didn’t try borage oil, MSM, or flax seed or primrose oil, which are also supposed to be beneficial.

But about a year ago I read some research that suggested that joint pain could be relieved by glucosimine chontroitin, but that to be effective the daily intake needed to be about 1500/300 mg a day.  So I decided to try taking three tablets of Carlson’s Nutra Support Joint Cartilage Builder each day.

I was told not to expect to see any results in less than 12 weeks.  I didn’t, and even after three months, the results seemed modest.  But since I had purchased a mega-supply, I kept up with the regime.

After a year, I can say that the results are dramatic.  I no longer get up in the morning and hobble across to the bathroom with the hope that after a hot shower I will be able to face the day’s activities without halting pain.  In fact, I now stand straighter, and the pain in my hips and knees is gone almost completely.  

I haven’t gone back to drinking wine to which I am sure I am allergic, and I do manage a solid 30 minutes of exercise on most days.  But the real pain-relieving factor seems to be the supplements.

I’m under no illusion that it would solve joint pains for everyone.  But for general age-related arthritis-like pain, it seems worth a try.


  1. I thought the latest on glucosimine chontroitin was not very promising. But glad you found something that works for you.


    Comment by djc1 — March 2, 2009 @ 3:58 am | Reply

    • It seems to me that research results on medical treatments and supplements change as fast as dress fashions. I treat them all as sort of “informed hypotheses” which might or might not apply to me – or anyone else – personally. I decided to try glucosimine when I read a study which found that only doses of 1500 mg a day produced any noticeable effects. For me it worked, but I’m not a “believer.” I do think that estimates that as many as 85% of arthritis cases are a result of (huge) variety of varying adult-onset allergies might be onto something. For me, it’s wine, especially red wine. Unfortunately, no amount of glucosimine masks the effects on the rare occasions these days when I give into temptation. I’m lucky in that at least I know what to do to stop making it worse. TOI


      Comment by theotheri — March 2, 2009 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

  2. I have heard a number of arthritis sufferers claim that hot lemon can help. It must be a fresh lemon. Cut it in half, pour boiling water over the whole half, and drink the water first thing in the morning before anything else, before cleaning teeth, before anything. Use the other half next morning, & so on. Takes a few weeks to have an effect.

    It doesn’t work for everyone but apparently it seems to help for some.


    Comment by Chris Lawrence — March 16, 2009 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

    • Someone else I know told me this. Unfortunately, his dentist told him that lemon juice ate off the enamel of his teeth like nothing else, so he stopped. The alternative might have been to rinse his mouth after the lemon juice, but I did sympathize with his point. It was a question of choosing which problem he preferred to live with.


      Comment by theotheri — March 21, 2009 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

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