Category Archives: Vitamins

Collagen Hydrolysate for Joint Pain


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It has been quite sometime since I have made any updates. The year was crazy. Lost my home in a flood, moved my mom who has Stage 6 Alzheimer’s into a terrific, safe memory care, and have been recouping and playing catch up since last summer. That’s my mom there in the photo. 

Joint pain has gnawed at me off and on for a couple years and has gotten much worse in the past few months. My hips are so painful that on a handful of occasions I cannot move my legs to walk. My range of motion is non-existent. The joints in my elbows and inner knees are in constant pain to the point where nothing can touch them, not even a soft pillow or my mattress. When the hip and elbow pain began to happen more frequently I thought I was having a flare-up. My neurologist thinks it is osteoarthritis and not M.S.-type or Syringomyelia flare-ups. He doesn’t think osteoarthritis is related to the Syringomyelia, but I swear I read a few interesting articles recently that noted the two issues have been seen in patients with a Syrinx. If I go back to find them, I will link here.

I have an appointment with a rheumatologist in the middle of August. For the last year I have been taking an all in one supplement: Chondroiton, Glucosamine, and MSM to alleviate the terrible joint pain. It may work for some of you, my fellow special spinal cord folks, but it has not worked for me. If anything, it has eased the crepitus a tad bit. Regarding pain, the supplement has not done anything. Time to make a change.

My neurologist mentioned Collagen Hydrolysate as having positive results for osteoarthritis pain, especially in the hips and elbows. So I’ve spent about 20 hours reading whatever I could find on the Internet and reading testimonials (and some negative comments) from current users of the supplement. Supposedly, Collagen Hydrolysate slows down the loss of cartilage, reduces pain, and gives you more mobility. I have ordered some for myself from the Great Lakes Gelatin company.  www.GreatLakesGelatin.com

This could be a long shot, and I realize that 20 hours of reading stuff on the Inter-webs isn’t the magic ticket, however I am quite hopeful that this product will work. A few athletes who I work with did have positive, personal experiences using it. As always, I will let the new rheumatologist know I’m taking it and I am eager to hear his opinion. My order should arrive by Friday. I’ll update as soon as I notice any changes.

in the meantime, here are some random pics of the last few months.

Christmas in Montana, the Rose Parade, beach days, hanging with Tito Ortiz at my health and fitness expo, Mother’s Day, crazy sun in San Diego, and other fun shenanigans. Thank you for reading!

Went to the Big Ranch near Choteau, MT for Christmas.

Went to the Big Ranch near Choteau, MT for Christmas.

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Vitamins. They all have a purpose.

What’s going to keep me healthy?

Medication?

One multivitamin?

Different vitamins throughout the day?

Everyone has an opinion. Even the many health enthusiasts and experts in the industry I work in and highly regard. Jack LaLanne, for example, said you can’t go wrong under the guidance of your physician, taking a multivitamin or additional Folic Acid, Vitamin C, or Calcium if needed. I take each of my supplements at a few different times during the day for absorption purposes. I’m not a weirdo about it, but I aim to keep my tummy happy, vitamins distributed evenly, and well you get the idea.

What do you do? Take one for the day? Take a mess like I do? Throughout the day or all at once? Any at all?

I’m thinking the following:

Fish oil keeps my heart healthy. It would be nice to get off of the heart medication I take. My symptoms of thickening have reversed over a seven year period. Maybe it’s the fish oil. Maybe it is from the beta-blocker.

Iron gives me energy. For some reason I tend to have a lower iron count on occasion. A little booster makes up for what I’m not getting in my diet. Blood work appears normal when I’m on the supplement.

Vitamin C has kept two colds at bay (I would like to believe.) Two sickies at my office have coughed and sputtered past me over the last two weeks. So far, knock on wood, for the first time in ages I do not feel even a tickle in my throat. Or is it the Lysol I have sprayed at them as they walk by my door?

B12 has kept the numbness and tingling to a minimum and kept my levels at a nice 900 since I’ve been a vegetarian. That 900 was in the lowly 100s before I started enjoying the melt-in-your-mouth B12 each day. And the greens everyday don’t hurt either.

Vitamin D3 makes up for the days I actually have to work and not be a beach bum. Yes, those days are rare, but they do come up and I must go indoors and miss the sun. And since you can only get Vitamin D from meat (not an option), mushrooms (gag me with anything handy), or the sun, I’ll pop one when I can’t get to the ocean.

Folic Acid is the one who is always left behind. Aside from childbearing years, folic acid should be taken by people on anti-seizure medications and/or medications for inflammatory diseases.

I did leave out calcium which I do take every day with my lunch. I take it because my shin bones, my sternum, and my hip bones hurt. They are always tender like if you touch them, they might break and crumble into dust. (so don’t ever touch them.) But really… I couldn’t fit the bottle in the photo and it felt a little ridiculous to try to squish it in there. I mean really. It’s already a little embarrassing, all those bottles.

How about YOU? Do you take individual supplements like that? Or do you take one multivitamin and be done with it?