Because I have arthritis in my fingers, I asked my doctor about glucosamine and chondroitin. The doctor said that it helps some peoples. I asked if studies showed it helped people. It took a little pushing, but she finally admitted that no, as far as she knew, no studies found it effective.
I am aware that the placebo effect is huge for pain killers. Yet I don’t want a placebo, I want something that works. The only way I can have some idea that it works is that some study has shown it to work. I can only conclude my doctor wanted to give me a placebo.
My son is a biological statistician and helps analyze the effectiveness of medical procedures. My husband sent my son an email describing the situation, blaming him for influencing me in wanting a double blind study before I took medicine. My son’s response was:
“One of the elements needed for a causal relationship is temporal ordering. I believe Mom’s generally data-driven and rational approach preceded me.
I don’t think you can blame this one on me.
(and bravo, Mom!)”
I won’t say the arthritis is worth it to hear such praise from my son, but it helps.