Tendonitis and MSM

Question: My boyfriend has tendonitis, hence my reason for joining the list. He swears by copper bracelets which help ‘mask’ the pain. Not a solution or cure I know. I’ve also heard that magnetic bracelets are meant to help, does anyone have any experiences of them.

Answer 1: I myself have had 6 fingers that were triggering; one would start about every 2 years over the last 12 to 15 years. Orthopedic surgeons have said it is from my work which is repetitive assembly work. The surgery was called tendon release which I found worked very well. The first fingers were done 12 years ago and have not bothered me since with any change in my working environment. I have also been taking a product called MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) which I found to work very well. I had tendonitis in my elbow (tennis elbow)for at least 10 years. I began using this product about a year ago and within a week to week and a half the pain was gone and has never come back. I hope this might help.TK

Answer 2: I am very interested in how you got to know of and how you obtained the methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). Since someone mentioned MSM a while ago on this list, I went to my pharmacy. They told me they knew the molecule but it was only used for people with too much gas in the stomach, and not for tendonitis or bursitis. On the internet I found some American MSM suppliers, but I do not fully trust their comments. They made it sound as if it works for everything, too good to be true.

Answer 3: I found MSM in my local health food shop under the brand name SupaSulf. It’s marketed by NutriLabs, Penrhos, Raglan, Monmouthshire. They have a free phone no. 0800 389387 for information about the product and a list of stockists. All the information I have found does make it sound too good to be true, but I can’t find any contra-indications to taking it so I’m giving it a try. Too soon yet to say if it’s having any effect, but I’ll let you know. Here’s hoping!

Answer 4: The product MSM is available here in Canada at almost any drug store. All places have said it does help protect the cell membranes from damages. I first read about it in the Toronto Star newspaper. The article had a brief history on it. Apparently it was researched by a doctor in the late fifties. He actually used sulphur which he found to have a broad range of benefits for joints, tendons and ligaments much the way aspirin is for heart, fever, aches and pains etc. The problem he encountered was the sulphur smelled so strong he could not convince people to take it and his research was ended. About fifteen years ago it was looked at again and found that MSM is the actual component of sulphur that is of benefit and has no odor. That is all I know. Good luck, it worked for me.TK

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