My Painful Knee Mini-Study, Part 1

Healthy and damaged knee jointIn March this year, I caught the dreaded virus. It took me over 2 months to recover, at least to a point when I started thinking that I wasn’t as fit as I was before I got ill. So I decided to get back into cycling.

I was missing my bicycle and really enjoyed my first trip. I felt a bit of a strain on my knees but I decided to start regardless.

The second trip in the same week also felt strenuous on the knees. I thought that the more I practised the easier it would get and my knee joints would strengthen.

So yesterday I took my third trip in just one week. I dismounted the bike every time it got too steep to go uphill.

However, my joints were becoming quite painful at this point. I should have listened to my body and not taken that third journey in a week. I didn’t, and am now paying for it. 

Last night my knees became so strained that they started creaking. I found it difficult to go up and down the stairs without feeling the pain. Getting up and sitting down also became quite hard. So last night before going to bed I applied magnesium oil on my knees and legs. I covered my whole leg for a stronger effect. It helped me sleep better too.

Today, I decided to do some research into natural remedies to help me with my knees. It’s not the first time I am having knee problems, so I really want to do more than just wait for the pain to go.

I have decided to take the following steps:

  1. Start walking short distances twice a day after my knee pain subsided.
  2. Resume the yoga routine – 15 minutes every day to start with.
  3. Apply magnesium oil on my knees twice a day.
  4. Research natural ways to help restore my knee joints (I have problems with the left knee as well).

I have started looking into various natural supplements by reading research articles and blog posts on natural health websites. These are the remedies I’ve decided to try:

  • MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) – a sulphur-containing supplement found in plants. It is used for many issues but in my case, I intend to use it to reduce pain and inflammation in my knees. I am also hoping to start regenerating my damaged joints.
  • Glucosamine sulphate – a chemical naturally occurring in the human body used to produce a variety of other chemicals involved in building cartilage, tendons and ligaments, as well as the synovial fluid around the joints.
  • Niacinamide – I’ve just read some very interesting information about this supplement. It’s a precursor to niacin (vitamin B3) which has shown excellent results in treating knee pain. “In 1949, William Kaufman M.D. Ph.D. wrote a small book on his findings of using niacinamide as a solution to knee issues…Kaufman gave different dosages based on levels of pain. Since Kaufman’s work, Abram Hoffer established that 3 grams a day is fine for most anybody, so if one wants to try niacinamide, Hoffer would likely suggest a gram at every meal for 3 grams a day. ” Unlike niacin, niacinamide doesn’t cause flushes.
  • Calcium, magnesium + Vitamin D3 – all of these nutrients are crucial in maintaining joint and bone health.
  • Cod liver oil – a well-known and popular supplement used to maintain healthy joints.
  • Hydrolysed collagen – “A few studies have… shown that collagen supplements help with arthritis pain and sports-related joint pain.” Source
  • Turmeric – it has long been used in Asia not only to cook curries but also to treat painful joints. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can be used both internally – in food and teas – and externally.
  • Magnesium oil – magnesium chloride solution which can be applied on a painful knee to soothe pain and reduce inflammation. This is very powerful and safe to use by most people.

I am going to start by taking MSM, collagen and Glucosamine Sulphate. I will also keep applying magnesium oil on the skin daily. Check back in a month or so for an update on how it goes and whether my chosen remedies make a difference. 🙂

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