Several years ago I started drinking mineral supplements for arthritis pain in my hands in addition to taking magnesium, calcium & zinc. The pain stopped after several months, and would return if I missed a few days. I was also walking 3 mi a day, 6 days a week. My backpain & sciatic returned after many, many years absence. A few months ago I stopped taking all supplements/vitamins in order to participate in a Stanford Omega-3 study. Although I had to drop out for other reasons, surprisingly, no pain of any kind. Was I getting too much of the "good stuff"?
Did you make any other changes?. Did you change your diet or caffiene intake? I have arthritis in my hands as well. Refined sugar and caffiene both make my joints swell and hurt.
Also, I started taking Omegas and found that my pain decreased with use. So maybe they helped you as well.
eat fish oil. I just read a really interesting article in mens health about omega3s.
It has a lot to say, but one interesting thing was a theory that our modern diets have thrown off our natural balance of omega-6/omega-3 ratio. It's gotten to be very one-sided toward omega-6 which encourage our body's inflammation response. On the other hand, it's been shown that omega-3s reduce our body's inflammation response which might be why you noticed an improvement in your joints while you were in the study. Read this article and you think it's worth a try as well.