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this arthritis is it a bone problem or muscle problem . could taking magnesium ,k2, boron. or just d3 vitamin , or a creatine supplement help . is fibromyalgia the same thing as arthritis . or are they they all the same illness .plus don't fancy taking k2 in the form of fermented soy beans . would a Calcium channel blocker work as good as k2 . say amlodipine 10mg.

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    It depends on the type of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system issue. Osteo arthritis is bone related but is usually due to degradation, wear and tear or damage to cartilage in joints, rather than the bone or bone density itself. Fibromyalgia (by the very nature of its name = "fibro" meaning fibrous tissue and "myalgia" meaning basically pain) usually affects the muscles and other tissues rather than bone joints, also there can be crossover. Pain meds for each condition differ. With OA for example, because it is an inflammatory disease, anti inflammatories, eg NSAIDs are usually the first preferred prescribed meds. For FM, if diagnosed by a rheumatologist they will discuss med options with you and prescribe according to individual circumstances and symptoms. Gabapentin is often considered. Before taking any supplements at all, it is essential you discuss it with your doctors, as supplements are usually only considered if you test with a deficiency. Some vitamins are extremely dangerous if taken in excess.

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    I have osteoarthritis is several joints, I do think turmeric as a supplement helps. It's not a magic cure but I shall keep taking it for it's apparent anti Inflammatory properties.

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      The active ingredient in turmeric, which is curcumin, does have known anti inflammatory properties so it can be helpful. There are some people who should avoid taking turmeric - among which anyone taking anti diabetes meds, as turmeric affects blood sugar levels so could cause a hypo effect. Otherwise if not on any other meds, there's definitely no harm in taking it.

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