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  • SSL certificate renewed

    Sorry for the expired SSL certification warnings, fixed now.

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: What supplements can you take to restore the synovial fluid?

    I promised to update this thread when I have done more experimenting with supplements. Better late than never. :smile:

    For now almost 3 years, I have daily taken 2 x 1000mg pure MSM and 3 x 500mg green-lipped mussel capsules. I took care to choose a brand on the green-lipped capsules which has very little iodine so the regular iodine intake would be irrelevant.

    Well, what can I say. MSM clearly had a positive effect on my skin, so I kept taking MSM. I believe the green-lipped mussels do help my joints in a way that I can quicker recoup from a bad joint cracking day.

    Both supplements are very affordable and do more good than harm so I kept taking them till this day.

    posted in Treatment
  • RE: Why would a Joint Stop Cracking

    @MasterCracker said:

    Rebuild the joints ligaments? Unnatural Hypermobility?
    Your saying: be less mobile w the joint so the ligament becomes LESS flexible and more stiff.
    That would seem counter productive and a recipe for injury:

    when a stiff or tight ligament is pushed past its normal ROM it will sprain and inflame and Hurt.

    Increased ROM/mobility is a good thing.

    Hyperflexability is a good thing
    Joints can be hyperflexible and strong
    STRONGER even
    Not mobilizing joints will make them weak and tight and injury prone.

    The video is indeed interesting. However, I do not agree this level of hypermobility is healthy.

    I did not mean that you should aim for stiff joints, which is clearly unhealthy, too. "Hypermobility" by its very name implies the mobility is "above" normal. I would thus personally aim for "normal" mobility.
    Last time I checked hypermobile joints are not healthy, also see What Are Hypermobile Joints?

    posted in Joints in general
  • RE: Unable to crack

    @Locker165 said:

    I'm the same. I can barely get my knuckles to crack nowadays. Shame.

    Interesting, I wonder how this can be explained. Does the desire to crack the joint also pa* s with the ability to crack it? Or do you still feel the discomfort and are now unable to release it? I assume the ability to crack your knuckles has decreased slowly over time because you also reduced the amount of cracking you did? I can't imagine losing the ability to click a joint as long as you keep up doing it? :confused:
    This comes back down to question, can you unlearn cracking a joint or learn a new joint to crack? Or are you either a joint popper or you are not due to genetical dispostion / hypermobility in your joints?

    So either congratulations on successful unlearning are on order, or if you really want to crack your knuckles again, you should be able to relearn it. :smile:

    posted in Joint cracking
  • RE: Relaunch celebrating our 10th anniversary

    Finally, the relaunch is here! :smile:

    Here is what you need to know as a returning fellow joint cracker:

    • Please do request a new password by entering your email in Forgot Password?
    • All accounts with zero posts have been dropped. If you have been dropped, please register again!
    • We are finally mobile friendly
    • All topics, posts and signatures are migrated
    • All private messages are migrated into the chat system
    • All old polls are turned into images, new polls do not work just yet
    • Posts are now written in Markdown syntax instead of BBCode
    • Avatars were not migrated. If you like, please do upload a new 128x128 profile image in your profile settings
    • SPAM protection is much more modern
    • We are now using SSL encryption for better privacy and security
    • Much better SEO properties. The old phpbb software created tons of duplicate links which will take a while for the search engine crawlers to unlearn
    • In any case let me know what you think! What is great, what is bad, what do you miss?
    posted in Announcements
  • Legacy poll results

    On our old site we had a number of polls, here are all the results, newest first. Poll could not be migrated so the old polls are now screenshots:

    Legacy poll results

    Legacy poll results

    Legacy poll results

    Legacy poll results!

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: Relaunch celebrating our 10th anniversary

    Quick update:
    Data migration was finally successful today. I now "only" need to configure the new software and install it on our new host.
    If all goes really well, the relaunch might happen as early as this weekend.

    Please refrain from posting until we have relaunched, or your post will likely be lost.

    posted in Announcements
  • Relaunch celebrating our 10th anniversary

    Hard to believe, this January we are celebrating our 10th anniversary! :D

    Over the holiday season, I have investigated our upgrade options to move forward. I have finally settled on a very new and exciting platform!

    Thank you for participating in the polls. I heard you!

    I have shuffled a few things around to ease migration to this upcoming, much more modern bulletin board system.

    The critical migration blockers are already out of the way. There are of course still a number of todos, which will probably take a few weeks. I will work on this as time permits.

    posted in Announcements
  • Moved host again, relaunch planned

    Due to tragic circumstances our old hoster was closing shop. RIP Gurpreet Virdi!
    We are now running on our new host, which has better production PHP settings, so our legacy site can again run smoothly for a while longer. I am now finally starting work on a relaunch on a modern CMS platform.

    Stay tuned!

    posted in Announcements
  • RE: Chronic Pain and Stiffness on One side of body

    @Elle:

    I have the same issue for years now..primarily on the right side, but it will also migrate to the left side..but when it does the urge OTC rack on the right side disappears. So the constant and increasingly maddening urge to crack only happens on one side at a time. I might only have a day of relief but then the whole things starts up again out of nowhere. There are people who post here who seem to enjoy the sensation. I find it depressing and disruptive, and frustrating that I haven't been able to find any answers to this. I am healty, have been tested for lupus, rheumatoid, and lymes…I had lymes over 15 years ago, and was treated..so I don't know if this is connected somehow. I tested negative for the other conditions. I think I eat healthy, but now am looking into supplements. Glucosamine produced no results for me. I exercise regularly and do yoga, but nothing seems to alleviate this. It's not painful, it just maddening because as soon as I crack, the urge to do it again is right back.mthis goes on from morning until night, and I find it hard to sleep because I can't get comfortable. I came and sounds like other people experience what I do, so I guess it's good to know I'm not the only one.

    Elle, thanks for sharing your story. I can very much relate to your experiences, you are definitely not alone. I also find this highly annoying and disruptive. It is very iteresting that in some cases symptoms only affect one side of the body. This has never been the case for me, always symmetric on my end. I document the stuff which helps me, in here. Please share when you find help for you.

    posted in Symptoms