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Because I had previously had problems using Ibuprofen, he prescribed "Bextra" (a cox 2 inhibitor drug) that seemed very effective. Of course 2 weeks later came scare about "Vioxx" also a cox 2 inhibitor drug, and I stopped taking "Bextra", which is now not prescribed by many doctors. I started taking Ibuprofen again, however only in great moderation, I have had no ill effects. I continued with exercises, some gradual improvement was noticed. I also continued taking glucosamine.
All of these measures have contributed to effective pain relief, however even more relief was noticed after losing about 10 lbs. This reinforces notion that excess weight plays a large role in knee pain.
As of now (going into spring of 2005) pain seems to be under control, my activity with possible exception of running, is not restricted in any way. And my golf swing, once again needs work!
Resources for more information:
Arthritis and Glucosamine Information Center - http://www.glucosamine-arthritis.org/
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center Arthritis National Research Foundation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Arthritis Insight
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