Volume 2 - Issue 11

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Welcome to the November 2002 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. Osteoarthritis and NSAID's
  3. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center


  1. Osteoarthritis: Explained Simply
  2. Glucosamine and Osteoarthritis
  3. A Guide to Glucosamine Products
  4. Eight Tips to Control Arthritic Pain
  5. What You Need to Know Before Buying A Glucosamine Product
  6. Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
  7. Arthritis Message Board Community
  8. Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®

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Osteoarthritis and NSAID's


By J.R. Rogers

We have been quick to warn you about the dangers associated with using NSAID's. (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) (i.e. Cramps, constipation, confusion, drowsiness, indigestion, swelling in your extremities (the hands, feet and fingers), high blood pressure, kidney problems, etc.)

What's the difference?
Mounting evidence exists that not only is glucosamine a safer alternative; it eases both the pain and slows the progression of the underlying disease. The reason is that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates work at the cellular level to help rehabilitate the damaged cartilage and they address the pain. NSAID's on the other hand deal only with the pain issue.

You also have to realize that NSAID's are only going to provide some relief which means the disease of OA continues to progress. As well, there are indications that they slow the development of proteoglycans, the essential "water-attracting" molecules in cartilage. These are significant factors to consider when using glucosamine (or, chondroitin) alternatives.

If you must use NSAID's, select the one best suited to your needs and be aware of the potential risks.

Selecting the Product that is Right for You
The short-acting NSAID's are those that deliver rapid pain relief but require you to take them on a frequent basis. This usually means that you must constantly remember to take them (in a timely manner), or your pain will bounce up and down. They do act quickly and are rapidly eliminated by your body which reduces the risk of toxicity.

The longer-lasting NSAID's will generally provide all-day relief from pain but they have major disadvantages. They are potent and they bare the risk of greater toxicity. They also are not going to slow the progression of OA.

NSAID's and Joint Pain
Sometimes pain is stubborn. If you are using glucosamine, you know that you are accomplishing two things. First, you are halting the bad enzymes that destroy cartilage. Second, you are rebuilding cartilage. (This is only possible if you have some cartilage left to begin with.) While glucosamine should ease your pain, if it does not or you have sporadic pain that continues, these are the NSAID's of choice:

  1. Aspirin (and, other Salicylates) has historically been used for OA pain. This class of drugs acts to block the production of prostaglandins that cause pain, inflammation and often fever.
    Side Effects: Usually gastric distress and in some cases internal bleeding. Nausea, vomiting, and dizziness may also appear.
  2. Ibuprofen is most commonly used for OA pain in general.
    Side Effects: Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Fenoprophen Calcium (as well as Naproxen) has the same side effects but you can add the possibility of ulcers, ringing in the ears (Tinnitus) and in occasional cases, rashes.
  3. Indomethacin is most commonly used for hip pain.
    Side Effects: All of the above mentioned as well as severe headaches and depression.
  4. Meclofenamate Sodium is widely used in severe cases of OA.
    Side Effects: More severe gastrointestinal problems (i.e. Diarrhea, nausea or stomach pain). You cannot drink alcohol when using this drug nor should you use aspirin or other drugs. (Thankfully, glucosamine is not a drug.)
  5. Peroxicam has not only been used to treat OA; it has been used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Gout.
    Side Effects: Sensitivity to sunlight (with accompanying rash) and gastrointestinal distress.
  6. Sulindac (Similar to Indomethacin) is used mainly for pain in the cervical spine, hips, and knees.
    Side Effects: Sunlight sensitivity, Sleeplessness, sweating, rashes, and dizziness.
If you must use them, use them as safely as you can. That wraps up this edition.

See you next time.

Have Questions? Email me
I hope these tips have helped. Do not give up on the fight against your arthritis. I know pain can be extremely difficult, exhausting, and depressing. Please email me if you have any questions. I can be reached at jr@arthritis-glucosamine.net. I will do my best to answer all questions within two weekdays.

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8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain


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As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.

 

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