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Offline Principe

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Glucosamine - Private Insurance?
« on: January 27, 2008, 06:48:02 PM »
Hi,

I'm 29 and I have been diagnosed a year ago with pre-mature deterioration of knee cartilage on my left knee (post initial consultation and MRI). The specialist in the North London Nuffield Hospital said i lost a few milimetres of cartilage but there was no need for operation.

It used to hurt specially when running and also walking upstairs and cycling sometimes. Now I've stopped running for nearly a year, done some physio...but still hurts

I suspect years of running on pavement, probably not disposing of trainers as often as it is reccommended (they say every 6months when my last pair lasted 4 years!)
I also suspect about poorly stretching the last years of my active running life.

I've got some problems with my medical insurance and I'm not covered for this problem anymore, I am a bit desparate as I would like to fix my knee while I'm young, if it is not too late.
I've started taking glucosamine while I think about going back to private treatment...

Does anyone know which one is the best glucosamine in the market?
Is the NHS covering these treatments?, I've assumed so far that they don't, also I am a bit scared about X-Rays, which they probably use as they are cheaper than MRIs...or am I talking rubbish?

Thanks for your help

Principe




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Re: Glucosamine - Private Insurance?
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008, 07:14:38 PM »
I live in the US so I don't know anything about NHS, but I do know that while xrays are cheaper than mri's the two are not interchangeable.  xrays are good for looking at boney substances and a good tech with a good machine can make them really show every detail.  MRIs are better for soft tissue and more detailed cartilage information.  Here's a link on mri vs xray for cartilage
http://www.jointsinmotion.org/research/ResearchUpdate/05Oct_Nov/assessing.asp
The verdict is still out on if glucosamine but I take it even though there are some that will say it's just a waste of money.  My OS says it can't hurt so why not.
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Re: Glucosamine - Private Insurance?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008, 07:50:43 PM »
maryc,

Thanks for your prompt reply!

I've also heard different things about Glucosamine, but as you said it can't hurt.

The NHS is the National/Public medical insurance in the UK, they have very good doctors and some hospitals are better than others, but there is a long waiting list (usually months) for certain treatments, scans or operations. Also I've heard they don't cover for some expensive new treatments like lab re-groth of cartilage tissue...

Thanks for the link, I now understand the difference. I had an MRI done and they never suggested X-Rays so I supose it all makes sense now. I don't think the NHS would reccommend X-Rays unless a combination of both would be necessary.

Thanks again

Principe

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Re: Glucosamine - Private Insurance?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2008, 10:21:34 PM »
In the USA Glucosamine is not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) so it will not be covered by insurance. Since it's not regulated there's no quarantee of quality so buyer beware. Most doctor nowadays think it's a waste of money. I found it to be worthless. My coworker took it and claimed it fixed her literally overnight. I believe she benefitted from the placebo effect. A few weeks later she was back to the same level of pain minus lots of money. She never bought the stuff again. It won't hurt you but it likely won't help either.

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2008, 11:00:44 PM »
MY OS SUGGESTED IT'S USE WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO BUY TIME BEFORE MY BILAT. HE WARNED ME IT MIGHT NOT HAVE ANY EFFECT BUT IF I WANTED, TO GIVE IT A TRY. HE SAID IT WORKS ON PUFFING UP WHAT YOU STILL HAVE IN YOUR KNEE. SO THAT IS WHY IF YOU STOP TAKING IT THE PAIN COMES BACK. IT IS ONLY LIKE PUTTING AIR IN A TIRE YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP PUTTNG AIR IN WHEN YOU HAVE A LEAK. WHEN I TOOK IT I HAD NOTHING LEFT TO PUFF UP SO FOR ME IT DID NOT WORK AT ALL. HERE IN THE USA IT IS AN OVER THE COUNTER DRUG AND NOT TOO EXPENSIVE. SO PEOPLE GIVE IT A TRY.
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Re: Glucosamine - Private Insurance?
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2008, 02:36:36 AM »
For what it is worth heres  a report on glucosamine
http://www.arthritiscentral.com/index.php?page=about.php
look at number 36
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