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I was wondering is glucosamine and chondroitin good for osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis. There is little if any good scientific evidence that these supplements actually work to prevent or reverse osteoarthritis.

Can glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis?

Variable. Some people report considerable relief with this combination, others report no help at all. Interestingly, in dogs, relief is much more common. The only way to find out is to try it for 3 months as it may take that long. Consider adding msm to the regimen as that acts as an anti-inflamatory and can also help. As always, check with your primary care physician first.
Variable. 65% of the population it will help some but you have to take it for a minimum of three months.

My grandmother is 70 and her doctor told her she has osteoarthritis. Does glucosamine and chondroitin really work?

Not really known. When the diagnosis of degenerative disease like osteoarthritis is diagnosed, the disease is already established. There is conflicting data out there that glucosamine and chondroitin might help to slow the progression. The medicines are pretty harmless. I personally would recommend to try it for couple of months and see of there is any difference.
Yes. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. MSM is not necessary and adds to the cost of the product.

Chronic pain fr hip to thigh. Sometimes stiff n worsen by movement. Osteoarthritis? Glucosamine+chondroitin+msm help?

Maybe hip bursitis. It is likely that you have a condition called trochanteric bursitis of your hip--it is inflammation of the area surrounding the curve of the hip-thigh bone. Possibly resulted from excessive use/walking/running and/or laying on the side on a firm/hard surface too long. Hip arthritis and disc disease can cause hip pain as well. Motrin/aleve may help. If not better, consult doc for eval. Good luck.
See details. I would have the situation evaluated and x rays done first. Glucosamine may have some value but a response to it is far from a sure thing.
When there's OA. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. Start when arthritis is evident and painful.

Are glucosamine and chondroitin supplements effective?

Maybe. Although I am not aware of any studies statistically proving the benefits of glucosamine chondroitin, some patients do notice less arthritic pain while taking it. I personally recommend omega 3 fish oils as a natural anti inflammatory.
Yes. According to studies done in germany. It takes 3 months to take effect.

What has been your experience with glucosamine and chondroitin in regard to arthritis?

50/50. Glucosamine & chondroitin are supplements some believe help osteoarthritis pain; studies show mixed results; the american academy of orthopedic surgeons recommend vs. Prescribing these for knee oa b/c a randomized controlled trial showed no benefit; anecdotally, some people feel improved, some don't; take 1500/1200 mg g/c daily for many weeks to see if it works for you, talk to your doc about them.

Does glucosamine and chondroitin really work?

Yes. The combination of glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown in studies to (1) provide a degree of pain relief in the short term, and (2) trigger growth of new cartilage when taken for at least two years straight. So it can help you pain and reverse some of the chronic damage. You can find this in the health food store. MSM is not necessary and adds to the cost of the product.
Mixed research. Studies have been mixed. In 2010, a trial that included over 600 people with knee osteoarthritis found that pain was relieved for some people, but that over time, the duo was no more effective than placebo. A more recent study again found that benefit was similar to placebo. Evidence is more definitive for low-impact exercise and following the guidance of your MD for pain meds.