Ups & Downs With Glucosamine - What Am I Doing Wrong?

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Posted by Lisa on July 31, 1998 at 19:48:08:
Hi, all. Around the third week of June, I started searching for glucosamine in pharmacy and health stores in my area. I was stunned by the prices and shopped around until I found what I thought were reasonable pricing. I began to give glucosamine (glucosamine sulfate) a try. Happily, I found that the great heel pain I'd long experienced seemed to dissipate some and best of all, I was able to walk without wincing. When I recently began to run out of my supply, I went to purchase some more and found that the pharmacy no longer carried that brand and instead I purchased something called glucosamine complex (glucosamine HCI, alfalfa, vitamin C, zinc, manganese and copper). After a wonderful week at the beach with little or no pain (with and without taped foot), I switched to the new glucosamine complex and began having pain again. Now a week later and still in pain, I'm wondering if it has something to do with the differences in glucosamine.

Yesterday, I went to a local Costco warehouse club where I got some Glucosamine Joint Builder (glucosamine hydrochloride, glucosamine sulfate, N-acetylglucosamine) and I'm giving it a try. Figuring that at least this product has glucosamine sulfate, it might work.

Any thoughts from the more seasoned PFer who uses glucosamine successfully?

In advance, thanks for your thoughts.

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