Supplements and exercise

Colinmac43 Member Posts: 4
edited 7. Sep 2015, 06:13 in Living with Arthritis archive
I have mild degeneration of my right hip and would welcome advice on supplements and exercise from fellow sufferers. Thanks in anticipation.


  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 3,635
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Dear Colinmac, welcome to Arthritis Care Forums.

    As mods we are here to help with any problems you may have using the forums.

    There are many lovely people who use the forums with a wide range of experiences in regards to having and living with arthritis. Have a good look through the different forums and pick the ones you feel are best for you.

    Best wishes,

  • GraceB
    GraceB Member Posts: 1,595
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi, welcome to the Forum.

    I take cod liver oil capsules, but if you want to take any supplements it's best to check with your GP or pharmacist that they won't interfere with any prescribed medication you are on.

    With regards to exercise, I think if you look at the Publications section on the site you may be able to find some leaflets from AC. Sorry, I can't do clever things with links. Speak to your GP or a physio about what's best to do.

    I have chronic osteo arthritis both knees (one partly replaced; the other needs doing); one ankle (needs fusing) and my lower (lumbar) spine. This greatly restricts what I am able to do regarding exercise but I try my utmost to keep my joints moving. All my medical specialist have said the worst thing I could do is to stop moving a particular joint. I've been told that it's important to keep the muscles around a dodgy joint working as they'll help to support the joint.

    In the meantime keep looking at the Forum. Everyone here is absolutely wonderful and we are all here to help one another.

    Take care,
    Turn a negative into a positive!
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I suppose I have mild degeneration in my hips but severe degeneration elsewhere because I have two kinds of arthritis. In my experience nothing helps in terms of removing the source of the trouble, any form of arthritis is degenerative and progressive but if one can 'oil the wheels' on a regular basis perhaps that will defer their 'falling off'.

    Exercise is important to help maintain muscle strength and flexibility but it is better to be low-impact such as cycling, swimming and gentle walking (wearing good, supportive footwear). In my early days of this malarkey I tried supplements, acupuncture and other stuff to try and ease matters but the arthritis trundled on regardless, teaching me a useful lesson - I had the wrong sort! :wink: Some folk are fortunate in that they are mildly affected and I hope that will be the case for you. I wish you well. DD

    I wish you well and I hope you find something to help. DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • newhipandy
    newhipandy Member Posts: 60
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I have taken glucosamine for years and wasn't sure if it was helping or not, but when I took a break from it, I experienced some shooting pains in my hips and knees that were not usual for me ... so I started to take it again. It is difficult to find scientific evidence that it helps, but it does not appear to harm, so may be worth a try. Also for exercise, I have found that pilates really does help with core strength and overall flexibility. it is not the most exciting thing in the world, but I think it is useful. Hope this helps.