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Hi Telzey, :wave:

I had a torn and herniated L5-S1 and had it repaired on 2/18/03 by means of a right hemilaminectomy with microdiscectomy. I injured it by lifting. Now I'm pain free.

I started taking 1500mg (3 capsules) of glucosamine and 500mg chondroitin (combined product) about a year and a half ago (or more, don't really remember) and I noticed a difference a few weeks later. I really noticed the difference when I stopped taking it, and started again.

There are claims that the glucosamine helps repair and rebuild collogen, and increases synovial fluid in joints and discs. Glucosamine is produced by your body, and as you get older, the production decreases.

I thought it was worth a try to see how it affected my pain, and I don't think I'll ever stop taking it, especially now that I have a disc that needs all the help it can get! :) I tried a couple of brands, and found one that works the best for me. The only side effects it can have is GI upset and flatulence, of which I have none.

Search on the internet for more information - it's good stuff.

Good luck!

Had right pain down butt/leg/toes for over 2 years.
Tried chiro, PT, epi steriod injections, more PT... to no avail
Had L5-S1 hemilaminectomy with microdiscectomy on 2/18/03 - now pain free!!!

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