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#275159 - 06/28/16 02:15 PM Supplements  
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Hello All,

I'm wondering, has anyone tried supplements to ease some of the symptoms of AS, such as Glucosamine/Chondroitin, Omega-3s, Devils Claw, etc.? I know there is a post for Turmeric, but I have had gastro side effects from it. What else have you tried? Has it worked? Thanks in advance for your responses!

~Em


Arthritis issues since youth, back pains started at age 14 (1994). Dx with AS in January, 2016.
HLA-B27 Positive
Meds: Celebrex
Other Dx: GERD, Raynauds, Bursitis in Left Shoulder and Right Knee
#275160 - 06/28/16 06:03 PM Re: Supplements [Re: EmA_LI_80]  
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Hello, Em:

I have used borage seed oil (2g effective GLA; many capsules) to help take down flares and also fresh wheatgrass juice (6oz typically on empty stomach). Good to continually take EVOliveOil by teaspoonful throughout the day.

Follower of Dr. Wallach (Dead Doctors Don't Lie), so began supplementing aggressively same time I started strict diet, and believe that this has helped considerably, albeit not nearly as much as diet: AS is mostly about stuff we put into our bodies, so leaving this out is the most important measure.

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John


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#275161 - 06/28/16 06:41 PM Re: Supplements [Re: EmA_LI_80]  
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I believe glucosamine/chondroitin is more for osteoarthritis. I have some OA and do take it, but I'm not sure how much it helps. I asked my rheumy about it and she said the research shows conflicting results, but her mother swears by it for her OA. wink

I was already taking fish oil for the heart benefits well before my spondy diagnosis, so I can't say how much it might be helping any spondy symptoms.

I also take a probiotic (Culturelle). It helps some with IBS-type symptoms.


Ginny - 56 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis
unicompartmental knee replacement June 2014
MTX, Humira, Cyclobenzaprine, plus Indomethacin ER as needed
Supplements: Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish Oil, Melatonin, Culturelle probiotic
#275162 - 06/28/16 11:15 PM Re: Supplements [Re: SouthernMoss]  
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Thanks for the probiotic suggestion SouthenMoss, I too have IBS-type symptoms that have not yet been diagnosed as anything. I will have to try that as I can't keep up with eating yogurt consistently


26 y/o female. HLA-B27 negative. Dxd AS 4/2016
Enbrel, naproxen
#275190 - 06/30/16 07:05 PM Re: Supplements [Re: EmA_LI_80]  
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Thank you all for your input - I am looking into the borage seed oil, and I am still a bit nervous about the Devil's claw but I am doing research on that as well. I am looking for the best type of probiotic as well. Any suggestions?


Arthritis issues since youth, back pains started at age 14 (1994). Dx with AS in January, 2016.
HLA-B27 Positive
Meds: Celebrex
Other Dx: GERD, Raynauds, Bursitis in Left Shoulder and Right Knee
#275191 - 06/30/16 08:16 PM Re: Supplements [Re: EmA_LI_80]  
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Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG has had more scientific studies than any other probiotic bacteria and was recommended to me as the best one to take. Culturelle has it and is what I take. There are probably other brands out there that have it too. And of course, other folks may recommend a different bacterium altogether.

Be sure to talk to your pharmacist before you start a supplement. Sometimes herbs and other supplements can interact with or interfere with prescription meds.


Ginny - 56 year old female
Dx with USpA in March 2013; changed to AS in July 2015
Iritis and Scleritis
unicompartmental knee replacement June 2014
MTX, Humira, Cyclobenzaprine, plus Indomethacin ER as needed
Supplements: Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium, Fish Oil, Melatonin, Culturelle probiotic
#277331 - 02/18/17 08:26 PM Re: Supplements [Re: EmA_LI_80]  
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I take NAC, which has helped me tremendously with fatigue. My rheumatologist recommended it.

Also, OMEGA-3/fish-oil has been shown to provide benefits in some decent clinical studies.


Early 30's male, HLA Negative, AS diagnosed Feb. 2016, Humira.
#277614 - 03/24/17 11:23 PM Re: Supplements [Re: EmA_LI_80]  
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This is an old post but I'll throw my hat into the ring on this. I believe that a lot of my arthritis pain stems from digestive issues. So I take supplements that target digestion.

List:
Psyllium husk fiber
l-glutamine
aloe vera capsules
peppermint capsules
combo probiotic (30 billionish)
lactoferrin
digestive enzymes

I also take turmeric and fish oil, and they seem to help with inflammation a little bit.

As a side, I'm also on the low fodmap diet, and that seems to really help. Theory is that the low fodmap diet only allows you to eat food that digest quickly thus they don't get very far into the small intestine. If you've read about sibo, you can see why this is helpful as it helps control the amount of bacteria in the small intestine.


Mike / 32yo / HLA-B27+ / diagnosed with AS march 2012
FODMAP diet, Taking curcumin, and fish oil for inflammation, omeprazole, Tramadol PRN for pain, Celebrex, lots of probiotics, Xolair for rashes.

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