April 29, 2009

A repeat performance? and Sea Creatures

Sunday is the 2009 Kansas City Corporate Challenge Disc Golf event and my friend Gary and I will be defending our gold medals. See this post; 'We are the Champions..."

I'm not expecting a repeat, since I really haven't played very well the last few rounds. You can bet though I am hoping for a turn around by this weekend!

Not that it's an excuse or that it has impacted my game in any way, but my knees have been hurting. It started when I came off steroids after concluding chemotherapy. It primarily hurts when I sit for a while or after sleeping. The more active I am, the less I notice it. I tried to use this as an excuse for more disc golf, but Mary wasn't buying it.

My docs weren't much help (it's not their specialty) except to suggest I see an Orthopedic Specialist if the pain became too severe. Monday I asked a few runners I work with and they all suggested Glucosamine.

Glucosamine is a compound found naturally in the body, made from glucose and the amino acid glutamine. Glucosamine is needed to produce glycosaminoglycan, a molecule used in the formation and repair of cartilage and other body tissues. Production of glucosamine slows with age.

Glucosamine is available as a nutritional supplement in health food stores and many drug stores. Glucosamine supplements are manufactured in a laboratory from chitin, a substance found in the shells of shrimp, crab, lobster, and other sea creatures.

Though I've only taken it four times, I already feel the difference! I only hope it continues to get better as I continue to take it.


Phillip Charlton said...

Also an ice bath helps if it is inflamation.

Anonymous said...

Hi David..ok.. I understand the knee pain, and lord knows I havent had the drug treatments and diagnosis that you have.. But Im wondering..... could it be just a touch of OLD AGE sneaking up on you?

Hey man.. just a bit of a joke.. Keep Smiling! :)

Tom T.