I take Aleve pretty routinely to take care of joint pain (I'm in my 40's, so maybe it also has something to do with just getting older). When I blew out my ACL, the orthopedic surgeon recommended the Aleve twice a day for two months, so obviously he didn't feel it would be too detrimental to my stomach (or that it was just better to reduce the swelling). In any case, that has worked really well for me. I tried the Glucosomine pills for a year, and they didn't do anything for me. Accupuncture has been one of the best ways for me to relieve some of the aches and pains that I have, and really helped me get over a torn rotator cuff (with the help of PT too of course).
Best on this Liane,