Topic migration is perfectly OK with me. Sudden, any searches on the net about amino acid supplements will give you some good start info. I used a joint building powder that's about $11 a can which is just under a months supply. It mixes in juice to cover the off flavor. The powder is hydrolyzed gelatin. Hydrolyzed is a nice word for pre-digested. It also has MSM, glucosamine. A lot of people take glucosamine but don't take anywhere enough and don't have enough stomach acid to break it down properly.
Amino acids are the building blocks for collagen which is found in all of our connective tissue including bones. But as we age our stomach acids and enzymes get weaker. We eat lots of protein but it has to be broken down for cells to absorb and use. So we can supplement our digestive enzymes and we can use highly absorbable aminos to get around poor digestion and not giving the joints the raw materials they need to regenerate.
Our fingernails are a good external gauge as to the health of our joints. They are essentially the same tissue. So as you are using the different joint formulas you can watch your fingernails and even hair to see if you are getting enough. That will be apparent long before any pain reduction is experienced. The big challenge is to make the commitment to do it at least six months. Joint degeneration happens over a long period of time so the repair is not going to happen over night.
But amino acids are not medications that have side effects or toxicities. People with shellfish allergies will have to alter the type of aminos they use. It may not work for some that have very severe joint degeneration or have complicating factors like rheumatoid arthritis.
But it's cheap, easy and requires no doctor prescriptions. It either works or it doesn't. I use NOW Foods "Joint Support Powder" from Iherb.com. And also doubled the dosage of one scoop to two. Once again this is refined food not medicine/chemicals. I don't have any financial interest in the product or distributor. But they have given me a bunch of $5 off coupons that I could send you. I can't use them myself so I just give them away.
There is a bit more to the story but the research started a long time ago with pig farmers. The boars would get premature joint degeneration and get to the point they could not do their reproductive duties. Farmers started feeding them gelatin which comes from pig and cow joints and hooves. It did help the boars and then women in the early 50's started using gelatin to make their nails shinier and healthier looking.
So for most people it's worth a try but must be viewed as a journey and not a 10 day antibiotic program. We can be very impatient but your nails will be a good encouragement for you to keep going.
This is the best deal as far as I have found and I still use it but in smaller quantities just to keep my disk and all other joints as healthy as possible.http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Joint-Support-Powder-11-oz-312-g/660?at=0