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Good morning and happy new week! Does anyone else feel like it is Monday today after the bank holiday weekend? To be honest, lockdown is making me lose track a lot of the time and I still haven’t been able to work out how many days it is since I left the house but that will probably just make me sad, so I am not going to bother!
I have teamed up with GOPO and am trialling three months of their GOPO Joint Health to see if and how it might help my joints. Today I just wanted to share with you a little about GOPO Joint Health and how arthritis affects my own joints.
So if you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I have a variety of health problems – lucky me! My most long-standing condition is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis which I was diagnosed with at 15 months. It affects the majority of joints in my body and causes me numerous problems.
Over the winter my joints haven’t particularly been very happy and my knees, ankles, feet, jaw and hands have been particularly playing up. From swelling to pain to getting stiff – they have definitely been causing a lot of aggravation for me. This has increased my levels of fatigue and impacted on everyday life. Even ‘simple‘ tasks such as getting a bath or shower have been made so much harder recently. Due to my Crohn’s Disease I am unable to take anti-inflammatory medication which means the best option for pain relief isn’t available for me.
This is great infographic from GOPO which shares some of the impacts of joint pain as well as some expert tips to prevent osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is slightly different to rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition which means your body’s own immune system is attacking itself. Osteoarthritis can affect anyone and is the type often found in older people, where your joints have basically become damaged and worn out from years of being used. Although rheumatoid arthritis can come with additional issues, taking care of your joints is important for everyone to help stop the development of osteoarthritis.
You begin by taking three capsules, twice a day for the first 3-5 weeks before moving on to the ‘maintenance dose’ which is 2 capsules twice a day. They have no taste and if you don’t like taking tablets you can split the capsules and sprinkle to powder onto food instead.
It costs £19 for 120 capsules or you can buy 200 capsules for £27. You can purchase them direct from the GOPO Joint Health website, where you can also find out more information.
I am already a few weeks in to taking my GOPO capsules and at the end of the month I will be giving you an update on how it is going, so make sure you check back for that! A huge thank you to GOPO for working with me on this trial – I think the fact they chose someone with as ravaged joints as me shows that they really believe in their product which is great. If you have any questions please pop them in the comments below and as always, stay safe,