There are many supplements on the market to help treat and relieve arthritis pain—some more widely accepted and used than others. One of the more common supplements, glucosamine, has become a popular treatment option, but has also been under some debate about its effectiveness. Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, Director of the Integrative Medicine program, says that clinically she has seen that glucosamine and chondroitin with MSM has been helpful for treating arthritic pain. However, she also recommends that if you have concerns you can go off of it. If your arthritis pain comes back and you haven’t done anything differently, you can always go back on it. It can have interactions with medications like the blood thinner, warfarin, so be sure to check with your doctor whether you may safely take this supplement. She also provides some tips and recommendations for alternative treatment methods of mild-to- moderate arthritis:
What methods do you employ to reduce pain? Have you seen a connection between your lifestyle (diet, sleep and stress levels) with your pain?