Having been a Neonatal nurse for over 38 years, involving hours standing at Incubators or preterm deliveries, plus walking miles around Postnatal wards my joints have taken a pounding. Added to this my extra pounds gained during the menopause , I experience joint pain daily, especially my knees.
I suffered a fall earlier this year which increased the pain in my knee joints. I had investigations including an MRI to exclude a fracture of the Patella, (knee cap), and any teaer to the meniscus, (Cartlidge). There was no overt fracture but a bone bruise and happily no tear. The MRI also revealed that I had patellofemoral arthritis. I have written about my trials with pain in an earlier post. Although there was no fracture I was still left with residual pain particularly around the side of my knee. Added to my pre-existing struggles when walking up and down stairs and rising from a crouched position I was struggling.
I have been prescribed anti inflammatory medication but I don’t like to take it regularly because of the potential adverse effects on my stomach, which requires a second medication to afford protection. I don’t want to get in the viscious circle of taking many medications for one problem. I like to think I can take steps myself by life style changes, diet and exercise to help control my pain and symptoms.
I was given the opportunity to trial a supplement GOPO®, made from natural galactolipid GOPO® which is derived from rose-hip (Rosa canina) and has been shown in randomized, placebo controlled clinical trials to significantly reduce arthritis joint pain.
I was intrigued to try this as even though I have worked in medicine for so many years I always feel that for chronic problems self help should be tried first before embarking on a long term regime of medication.
I was interested in the background information provided about the product from Consultant Rheumatologist Dr. Rod Hughes. You may be interested, particularly if you are suffering from joint pain in the menopause. so I will share the main features of this with you.
- Switch to a clinically backed natural supplement: 45% of those surveyed took paracetamol for their joint pain which is largely ineffective and has a number of side-effects when taken long term. Instead you could try an option such as the galactolipid GOPO® which is derived from rose-hip (Rosa canina) and has been shown in randomized, placebo controlled clinical trials to significantly reduce arthritis joint pain and reduce consumption of paracetamol by 40%. In vitro studies have demonstrated GOPO® has anti-inflammatory properties which have a protective effect on cartilage, potentially even helping cartilage and joint tissues to rebuild and regenerate
- Keep active: Physical activity helps synovial fluid circulate in the joint, increases blood flow – which in turn increases oxygen and nutrient flow to the joint – and strengthens muscles supporting the joint. It is important not to overdo exercise or cause injury, but even gentle activities such as walking and swimming are beneficial.
- Treat injuries – Traumatic injury (ligament or meniscal tears) to the knee or hip increases your risk for developing OA in these joints. Effective rehabilitation is very important – always consult a professional if you suspect an injury and follow their advice.
- Eat Well: Being overweight places additional strain on the joints – every pound of excess weight places an additional 4 pounds of extra strain on the knees. However, it’s not just this mechanical loading and wear and tear of joints that is of concern. More recently research has suggested inflammatory processes involved with fat tissues may also affect joints.
According to nutritionist Angelique Panagos; ‘’People often don’t associate joint issues with lifestyle choices and a poor diet but both these play a major role. There are a number of structures in the joint – including bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and collagen, which need a good source of nutrients to keep healthy and in good condition. Key nutrients for joint health include vitamin D, Vitamin C and calcium. I advise my clients to up their levels of foods such as broccoli, spinach, tart cherries, garlic, peppers, almonds, kale, and tomatoes in particular for these nutrients. In addition, avoiding foods that can increase inflammation, such as high sugar foods, and getting enough exercise are an integral part of joint health too.’’
High levels of the galactolipid GOPO® are found only in GOPO® Joint Health.
I try to follow 3 of the points anyway, you may have read about my struggles with my menopausal weight gain.
So the final element was to try a supplement and this seemed to be one I would feel comfortable trialing. To this end I accepted a free 3 month supply to trial. I am disclosing this to be transparent about why I am trialling this particular supplement for joint pain.
It comes with some promotional material including this Youtube Video with celebrity endorsement.
I have to say that another reason why I don’t take medication or regular supplements is that I am rubbish at remembering to take them regularly. I start off enthusiastically and then forget after a week or so. To this end I have placed the bottle of supplements near to my tea and coffee canisters to prompt me. The recommended started dose for this GOPO® supplement is 3 tablets twice a day for the first 3 to 5 weeks. The first challenge is remembering to keep taking them, and they are large capsules to swallow.
I am towards the end of my first month of taking these GOPO® and although I have forgotten the odd day and odd second dose I already feel that my knee pain is so much improved. I used to suffer a constant burning pain which required me to take Paracetamol and anti inflammatory medication when it was really bad. This burning pain is not an issue since I started taking them. I also have a chronic back problem, there has been no change in this pain.
I will update you again next month to see how things are.
If you are interested in this supplement GOPO® Joint Health is available from Boots, supermarkets and independent chemists nationwide £18.99 for 120 capsules and £28.49 for 200 capsules. www.GoPo.co.uk
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