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Medication for a bulging disc (Glucosamine Chondroitin)

Hi everyone,
In January I ruptured a disc in my lower back (l4-5). After 3/4 months of misdiagnosis I had an MRI privately and found out I had a mild bulge. Its been nine months since I ruptured my disc and have not seen any improvement whatsoever,
I have recently heard of Glucosamine Chondroitin and was told I should look into taking it as it possible can help and does not have any side effects.
It seems that is for people with osteoarthritis and not so much for people with lower back pains, just wondering if this is the case?
Would love some feedback on whether its worth a shot as I am really struggling mentally and physically and will do anything at this point to see some improvement.
Thanks for looking over this, hopefully someone has some knowledge on it.


  • Smiles1SSmiles1 Posts: 22
    edited 09/23/2014 - 5:48 PM
    If this were me I would want to be seen by a competent doctor G.p. or internest and have them refer me to a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon. That way I could get diagnose and treated. Glucosamine/chondroitin/msm do have some anti inflammatory properties to them, but are generally used for joint pain think (wrist/knees/ankle/hands) with arthritis. A bulging disc is not something to mess around with because it could be pressing on your spinal cord or other nerve roots.
  • Glucosamine & condroitin are simply herbal suppliments. Some believe they can help slow the degeneration from arthritis by giving our bodies more 'vitamins' to grow strong joints. Docs in England used to recommend it but after recent trials where it hasn't performed very well vs placebo they don't anymore. I've taken it for many years. I don't notice any difference really & my joints are degenerating at an alarming rate but we never know how fast it would be if we hadn't taken suppliments do we? I'm still undecided if I'm going to buy anymore when my stash runs out. (Walgreens go a great promotion a few times a year so I've always bought in bulk!)

    I take a lot of suppliments & use a lot of natural remedies to help manage my pain (with exercise & prescription meds) I have no plans to stop my magnesium, Epsom salt baths, airomatherapy oils etc. but gluc/chon might have to go. It gets expensive!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • The helpfulness for these supplements for osteoarthritis is somewhat dubious. As for your condition, I doubt there is any basis for their use at all. I'm sorry you have had a bad experience with medical treatment so far. Please keep going and try to find someone who can help. Have you seen a pain specialist?
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