has anyone tried creatine?

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Hi Bobby C. I added the extra b for you. Hopefully you'll see this and log in with the Bobby C now. PW is the same. New members do not have access to all the features. We had to add these controls to stop spammers from joining and Private Messaging all the members. Now it is too much trouble for them to post for a couple weeks to get at the list. Sorry for the inconvenience. If your friend wants to she can email me with a request to give you her email to you. Send it to [email protected]
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I think my father participated in a creatine study at UPMC Pittsburgh, and the study was eventually stopped for lack of results. This was about 5 years ago, and I could be remembering it incorrectly.
 

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Oops, my last comment being said, his neurologist still had him taking creatine every night. He took 7 "horse capsules" every night at dinner.
 

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Dear Boby

Noticed you are new to the forum. My husband has been diagnosed with PMA. I don't know of many PMA's on this site. Could you email me and tell me about yours.
My husband's upper body is affected. Both arms, trunk, neck.

Thanks!
Hello. While I am awaitiing access to the members list and the private messaging feature, I will go ahead and post information on my diaagnosis of PMA.

Symptoims are severe weakness in left left, muscle twitches (upper and lower), and loss of balance (now almost complete.) Tests were MRI's, EMG, nerve conductive study (NCS), spinal tap, many blood tests running the gamut of medical codes, then repeat of EMG and NCS in ALS Clinic in major Texas University Health Science Center. Four neurologists (including neuromuscular specialist) conferred and agreed on diagnosis of PMA.

I began taking Rilutek on November 19, 2007, plus Vitam E, Coenzyme Q-10 and Melatonin. First liver test to assure Rilutek not affecting liver on Decmeber 19, 2007. Results normal. Neuromuscular specialist told me to stop Coenzyme Q-10 because of loose bowl movements. I am also glucose intolerant, at high risk for Type II diabetes (two siblings died from diabetes complications.) I now monitor blood sugar twice weekly. Needing to eat from the bottom of the Diabetis food pyramid (whole grains, fruit and vegetables) provides so much fiber that my stomach gets messed up when fiber combines with Rilutek and vitamins and minerals.

I was prescribed with AFO's but have had trouble using them because I had a bruise and callous on the ball of my right foot - maybe caused by too much load on right leg because of loss of strentgh in left leg. I have seen a podiatrist twice to get part of callous removed and inserts for shoes. Orthotic tech has also put a bubble in right AFO, but this has only complicated the problem. I am trying to decide who I call next, the Orthotic tech or the Podiatrisit.

Taking medication (melatonin) as prescribed at bedtime is problematic because I have a hiatal hernia and cannot drink or eat for two hours before bed time. Any medication has to be taken with only a small siip of water.

We've had grab bars installled in both bath rooms, and in the shower where I bathe. Showering was a challenge before this.

The local ALS coordinator has visited our home to make suggestions on how to better cope with this malady. We thank God for her.

Diagnostic tests began in April, 2007. I started usiing a cain in mid summer, which enabled me to keep up with my wife when walking. Now, I can only use the cain to maneuver in the home. Any walkiing outside is accomplished with a walker. We have also have a wheel chair. Both the walker and the wheel chair are on loan from the local ALS Chapter. This support group has been a God send to us.

I can still driive. We have a motor coach which we use extensively to travel to different parts of the country and to follow our University sports teams. We will be changing our seating at our different sports events from regular seating to mobility impaired seating.

We do not know what the future holds. We have just begun this journey. We do intend to keep our liives as normal as possible, as long as possible.

I hope this information helps. Best wishes to you and your husband.
 

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Try mixing the powdered or granular creatine in applesauce. I took some kind of supplement years ago and that worked a lot better for me than trying to down a gritty liquid.
 

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I am just going to buy on ebay (cheap & easy) CoQu-10, Creatine, and DHEA for mom, what the heck. I want her on b12 also, any other sugestions?:?
 

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choice not to medicate

Diabetes can be controlled with a high protein diet and excluding artificial sweeteners, white flour, pasta, and sugars. Most "brown" breads contain about half white flour. ALmost everything in the grocery store contains some form of sugar. Even frozen french fries has dextrose (a sugar). If you follow this diet you don't have to count calories or limit portions. My husband has done it for over 2 years now.... takes no medications whatsoever and is 60. He eats natural sugars, like fruit, but along with a protein food. He eats popcorn with butter and parmesan cheese, but along with a protein food. He has ALS and takes no meds either. We are seeing that the benefits of diet far outweigh medications. We feel it is more important to waylay the side effects of meds and be very healthy. He no longer has high blood pressure or high colesterol. His doctors marvel at his good health other than the ALS, (which was passed down to him) Meds are also costly and we prefer to better invest our dollars.
 

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I've been taking creatine for about 10 months now. I started out with the tablets and my neurologist mentioned that the powder was a lot cheaper, so I've been taking a teaspoon of powder with water, 2 times a day for the last 8 months I suppose. I can't say whether it has helped, but I sure don't think it has hurt anything at all.
 

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I have been meaning to get my father to take this. I doubt youd see a significant difference while taking it, but it shouldnt hurt. Why not do everything you can to help out?
if your kidneys are functioning properly you shouldnt have to worry about taking creatine.
its perfectly safe.
Make sure you are taking a good quality product though as many contain lots of contaminants. Creapure is something you should look into if you arent taking it. Manufactured in Germany(Easily availible in North America) and is of the highest quality creatine you can buy.
 

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In applesauce

I am new here, was a caregiver (for my mother). We mixed the creatine in applesauce, it was about the only way she liked it.
 

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Creatine is something that we believe in quite strongly. Since my husband was diagnosed, in 2001, he has taken the 5 gram suggested daily dose. Usually we use the powder and put it in his drink. When we travel, we find it much easier to take the pills -- twinlabs has creatine pills. The pills are quite a bit more expensive.

Anyway, if my husband ever misses a day, his overall energy decreases. When he goes back on the creatine, he feels much better.

He goes to an MDA clinic, and the last time we were there, the doctor was telling us that there is renewed thought that creatine does have benefits. She mentioned that there would be studies coming soon.
 

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Creatine is recommended a lot for ALS apparently, but it is hard on your kidneys so Mom's clinic said they do not recommend it now if you are taking Lithium, Because it is hard on your kidneys as well.
 

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My husband has been drinking creatine for a few weeks. The neurologist says there is no scientific proof that it helps. He stopped taking it for a few days and noticed a slight difference and went back on it.

He also takes Vit E, flaxseed, multi vitamin and drinks protein shakes everyday (EAS).

Before the illness, he took all kinds of vitamins for years.
 

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hi jeffp here i take 5 grams a day but make sure your drinking your water if you dont exercise moderatly it wont show no effects its pure creatine with no glutemate it wont hurt i also take a powder proteini get from gnc with no glutemate in it that helps to take your vitamins and take a good antioxident pill .to help flush out your system milkthistle and dandoline root work well on kidneys and liver support i have bulbar als it has affected my speech pretty bad but my upper and lower body is strong nutrition and low stress is the key
 

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Jeff, this thread was from 2008. If you go to ALS REsearch with Dr. McCarty you will see newer information.
 
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