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To Robin and others using Bromelain

Posted by VickiJ on 4/13/00 at 00:00 (018679)

...especially to those who have been using it for several months:
do any of you have osteo arthritis in hands, or wherever? Does it help with that also? I have minor osteo in my hand and am wondering if it will help with both my pf and my hand. Anybody have any report on this?

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

Robin B. on 4/13/00 at 00:00 (018684)

Vicki, I have osteo arthritis in both my hands and feet -- officially diagnosed, and with the discomfort to prove it. I can't say for sure that the bromelain helps -- but I THINK it does, a little anyway. I was having lots of trouble with my hands especially during the winter and spring of 1999. I started bromelain in July 1999. I have considerably less discomfort in my hands, and I almost never get any puffiness in them (which I did previously, although the docs have told me that puffiness is not a major symptom of osteo) anymore. I still have twinges in my toes sometimes (but after PF, I'm so used to pain in my feet that little arthritic twinges aren't so horrible). I look at bromelain this way: I'm taking it to reduce inflammation of PF. If it reduces any other inflammation at the same time, all the better.

One thing I like about bromelain (aside from its anti-inflammatory effect)is that it truly is a pretty harmless, non-invasive thing to try. It's an enzyme, after all, non Rx, no known gastro-intestinal or other complications. If you try it and after a few weeks or a month see some benefit -- great. If you don't -- it's not likely to harm you and it's not outrageously expensive to try.


Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain-Proof

Bea K on 4/13/00 at 00:00 (018689)

I have been using Bromelain for about 6 months, prior to that I took Glucosomine for 2 years and very little improvement. I stopped the glucosomine and didn't notice the difference. I started the Bromelain and it did help but I ran out and didn't have a chance to replenish for four days. All of a sudden back came the pain and discomfort I had forgotten about. I ran to the health food store and once again am doing better. I too have osteo arthritus but don't notice any relief from the Bromelain.

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

YokoS on 4/14/00 at 00:00 (018708)

Arthritis test was negative but I have been noticed puffiness and discomfort of joints(index and middle fingers on both hand) for years. After I learned of Glucosomine and Bromelain on this board last summer, I start taking those. I have never considered of my joints puffiness at that time. I just want to get relief of my heel pain, and tried every possible treatments from this board.
Now (7 months later) all puffiness and discomfort are gone.
I did so many other treatments on heel since then, therefore,
I don't know Bromelain was worked on my heel or not.

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

john h on 4/14/00 at 00:00 (018709)

my wife has had osteoarthrits and i think some RA in both hands for many years. her hands make me ache just to look at them. about 6 years ago she quit taking all inflamatories and went on a regimen of fish oil, vitamins E,C,Zinc and a multi vitimin. she also swims 3 days a week. her hands do not look great but she has very little pain. I think her rhematologist recommended the fish oil.

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

VickiJ on 4/14/00 at 00:00 (018720)

Interesting...I'm taking all of those too...how much of each does she take daily?

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

Robin B. on 4/13/00 at 00:00 (018684)

Vicki, I have osteo arthritis in both my hands and feet -- officially diagnosed, and with the discomfort to prove it. I can't say for sure that the bromelain helps -- but I THINK it does, a little anyway. I was having lots of trouble with my hands especially during the winter and spring of 1999. I started bromelain in July 1999. I have considerably less discomfort in my hands, and I almost never get any puffiness in them (which I did previously, although the docs have told me that puffiness is not a major symptom of osteo) anymore. I still have twinges in my toes sometimes (but after PF, I'm so used to pain in my feet that little arthritic twinges aren't so horrible). I look at bromelain this way: I'm taking it to reduce inflammation of PF. If it reduces any other inflammation at the same time, all the better.

One thing I like about bromelain (aside from its anti-inflammatory effect)is that it truly is a pretty harmless, non-invasive thing to try. It's an enzyme, after all, non Rx, no known gastro-intestinal or other complications. If you try it and after a few weeks or a month see some benefit -- great. If you don't -- it's not likely to harm you and it's not outrageously expensive to try.


Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain-Proof

Bea K on 4/13/00 at 00:00 (018689)

I have been using Bromelain for about 6 months, prior to that I took Glucosomine for 2 years and very little improvement. I stopped the glucosomine and didn't notice the difference. I started the Bromelain and it did help but I ran out and didn't have a chance to replenish for four days. All of a sudden back came the pain and discomfort I had forgotten about. I ran to the health food store and once again am doing better. I too have osteo arthritus but don't notice any relief from the Bromelain.

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

YokoS on 4/14/00 at 00:00 (018708)

Arthritis test was negative but I have been noticed puffiness and discomfort of joints(index and middle fingers on both hand) for years. After I learned of Glucosomine and Bromelain on this board last summer, I start taking those. I have never considered of my joints puffiness at that time. I just want to get relief of my heel pain, and tried every possible treatments from this board.
Now (7 months later) all puffiness and discomfort are gone.
I did so many other treatments on heel since then, therefore,
I don't know Bromelain was worked on my heel or not.

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

john h on 4/14/00 at 00:00 (018709)

my wife has had osteoarthrits and i think some RA in both hands for many years. her hands make me ache just to look at them. about 6 years ago she quit taking all inflamatories and went on a regimen of fish oil, vitamins E,C,Zinc and a multi vitimin. she also swims 3 days a week. her hands do not look great but she has very little pain. I think her rhematologist recommended the fish oil.

Re: To Robin and others using Bromelain

VickiJ on 4/14/00 at 00:00 (018720)

Interesting...I'm taking all of those too...how much of each does she take daily?