has any one heard about these tablets

by liz
(of plymouth)

Hello again

I have just seen Professor Davies for the 2nd time as I have reached the end of my tether as, as previously said my G P has been hopeless and has no understanding of fibro.

The professor put me on flupritna (Flupirtine?) which is unlicensed in this country it is costing me £80 a month and not sure if it is helping.

My pain is mainly in my neck, ribs, hips, lower back, and even the pelvic area, and generally all over.

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Flexcore is Glucosamine product
by: Meg (US)

I looked up Flexcore and its ingredients. It is nothing more than a glucosamine + chondroitin supplement with vitamin D and few fancy sounding things thrown in. On top of my Fibro and MS I have arthritis in neck and spine, hands, knees and toes (that's what I get for being a child ballerina). I would not want to be without my Glucosamine Sulfate, 1,500 - 2,000 mg a day keeps my joint pain down especially in my neck and lower back. I would not buy a product like Flexcore because the seller's ad has 2 warning signs. #1 Warning Sign is it costs too much $49.99 for 90 tablets and #2 Warning Sign is a bogus ingredient - Collagen. Glucosamine Sulfate is inexpensive, has no side affects and seems to help the cartilage that cushions joints remain flexible and able to reabsorb moisture (as an example, during the day as you walk upright your spine vertebra press down on the discs that provide cushioning and flexibility of your spine. At night during sleep those discs reabsorb moisture). Chondroitin is also supposed to help in the same way but I chose just to take Glucosamine and vitamin D3 which the Arthritis Foundation has studied. Also, Chondroitin comes from cattle and since supplements are made in China and India we have no quality control over the source of the Chondroitin. Glucosamine helps all by itself so I skip the Chondroitin for safety issues.
Flexcore says it contains Collagen. Just one problem, there's no proof that consuming Collagen will help your joints. Our bodies use Collagen for a lot of things like keeping our skin filled out or for building fingernails. But, the last time I checked, the human body doesn't take Collagen from a tablet and transport it to the cells that make up cartilage.
So, the answer here is to avoid this product. Trying 1,500 mg of Glucosamine Sulfate has helped loads of people with arthritis in neck and spine like me and it might relieve some pain in your neck and spine too without a lot of expenses. You mention pain in ribs and pelvic area as well and all of it together seems more like an inflammatory problem BUT I am not a doctor. You have such major pain issues that alternative approaches might not provide enough relief, with bad pain problems you need a doctor who can help balance the use of pain relief medications with true benefit. Unfortunately, Fibromyalgia pain is still being studied so doctors don't have much they can do. I lived in Guildford long ago so I understand how it is getting the right doctor over there. It sounds like you'd be a good candidate for a Chronic Pain Clinic. Doctors who specialize in pain have more ideas both in drugs to prescribe and other therapies that help to stop the cycle of pain. I hope you can get the relief you need.

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