Does this sound familiar? If you’re one of the 21 million Americans suffering from osteoarthritis, it pretty much describes how you live. You don’t have to be in agony all the time; there are products providing pain relief, and possibly total alleviation (but no cure) out there – you just have to find the ones right for you.
Pain Relief ProductsThe first, and easiest, choices for pain relief are the over-the-counter medications – Bayer, Tylenol, Advil or Motrin, or Aleve. These are the brand names for the most common analgesics available, namely aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and sodium naproxen. All of these medications can provide some relief, but it’s not long-lasting, and it comes with nasty side effects, such as stomach pain, or liver and kidney damage.
A better choice is glucosamine sulfate, available in a variety of joint pain treatments. But be careful when buying a supplement. Most glucosamine-containing supplements sold in the US are glucosamine hydrochloride, NOT glucosamine sulfate.
Glucosamine hydrochloride has been proven, both in the US and in Europe, to be totally ineffective in treating arthritis. European research, however, has proven the glucosamine sulfate supplements to be effective, so much so it has become the first line of defense in arthritis treatment across the Atlantic. Glucosamine sulfate is both an analgesic and a treatment osteoarthritis and knee. It reduces pain, and it builds healthy cartilage. It takes longer to work than an OTC, but it lasts longer when it kicks in. When you go shopping, either online or in a brick-and-mortar store, READ THE LABELS. Don’t waste your time or money on a supplement with glucsoamine hydrochloride. Supplements including chondritin sulfate, or MSM are also very effective, but glucosamine sulfate by itself, or with MSM but not chondritin, is the most effective.