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Q10 for arthritis

Hi folks, im billy and new to this forum, so please bear with me and i hope im posting in the right place.

Ive been suffering from arthritis in my wrists and fingers for many years. Well was suffering. About 4 years ago i developed AF [atrial fibulation], a heart condition, and the painkillers i was on for the arthritis were stopped, and all i was given were cocodamol. I struggled lifting any sort of weight, and found it painful changing gear in my car.

By chance my wife spotted an item in a magazine about these Q10 supplements that strengthen heart muscle and replace the Q10 that the body needs, especially if your on statins, which i am. So i started taking them One 100mg captule daily, and thought no more of it. Then some time later maybe a couple of months, or maybe a bit longer i noticed my pain was greatly decreasing. I disgussed this with my doctor, who said he knew people who swear by Q10 but no tests have been done for arthritis so they are not prescribed.

You can buy these capsules in tescos and many other places. They have changed my life, as any pain i have is slight and only if i jerk my wrist suddenly etc.

These mightn't work for everyone but believe me, worth a try,

billy

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To me as long as you discuss with your doctor to me sure that any supplement doesn't interact badly with your existing medicines then there's no harm in trying. Good that it's made a positive difference for you.

I guess you have osteoarthritis? Most people her have rheumatoid arthritis, which means an overactive immune system. So Q10 may not be as helpful as some reports says that it boosts the immune system, and we need ours to calm down.

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I read an article about CoQ10 also and have taken it for several months. I don’t believe it has helped my pain levels at all, as they are now worse than they were before I started taking it. Of course, the new pain isn’t caused by taking this supplement; I believe my disease has just worsened. It may help some people, but unfortunately not me. I’m glad you were one of the lucky ones. Best wishes.

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If as helix helix says, she read CoQ10 may contains some sort of immune system booster ...so it could be that they are boosting your IS, & that is why you feel worse?

I tried Echinacea ( I know really stupid) & the pain that was calming down returned . I stopped the Echinacea & the pain went back to how it was before I tried to self medicate.

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Hmmm. Maybe I’ll stop it for a while and see if there is a difference. Thanks for the food for thought!

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Hi dbestdeb.....Worth a try isn't it? Anything to decrease pain.

Hope you feel better soon.

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Unfortunarely it's not so simple as to just take a supplement that has a possitive effect in your body. There are so many other factors that are interrelated and need to be in place and support eachother. For some the effect of a supporting supplement will make a big difference right away as for others doesn't seem to have any effect. All depends on your individual situation, however Q10 is always good for your body, there may be a feeling of no effect but it doesn't say it isn't a lifesupporting supplement anyways. This is why it's always so important to understand the mechanism of action, how it supports your body, before you take it. There are many supplements an vitamines where it is important to test your deficiencies before taking, Q 10 is however a good support always and does not need testing.

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The coenzymQ10 is one of the so called adaptogens that help cell metabolism getting back to normal energi production. I have been prescribed Q10 by many doctors during many years. It has helped with my dry eyes ( existing research on this). I am taking the clinically adviced dose of 200mg a day. It used to be 100mg. I have understood that it does not interfere with medication, always good to ask ofcourse.

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That's interesting. I've just done a post about coenzyme q10 etc helping the mitochondria. I feel benefit from them too. My fatigue was so severe prior to them. I take a few mito supporting supplements. So glad that they are helping you!

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Here is a video that well illustrates the function of Q10.

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Thanks Simba1992 .

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Thanks for that very informative video simba

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Here is a study that was conducted over a 2 month period to measure the effectiveness of Coenzyme Q10 on Rheumatoid Arthritis:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/263...

Coenzyme Q10 was shown to suppress overexpression of TNF whilst having no effect on IL-6. This is potentially great news because IL-6 has both pro and anti-inflammatory roles in the body.

People often make the mistake of being apprehensive about taking supplements or eating foods that may boost the immune system because they make the improper assumption that this will cause the Immune System to act even more aggressively and ramp up RA symptoms.

This is not true.

Boosting and supporting the Immune System helps it to work optimally and therefore the systematic level of inflammation often reduces.

If you read studies on supplements and nutrition that have a profound impact on boosting the Immune System you will often find that they have a potent anti-inflammatory effect.

Taking a wide range of Immune System boosting supplements and eating a diet that supports your Immune system almost always has a cumulative effect and systematically reduces widespread inflammation.

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Thank you Allsopp, This misunderstanding is very common and hopefully should be alleviated as well by rheumies. It somehow has been taken as a fact that everything that boosts normal immunefunction works against the RA meds.

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