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Share your tips for managing joint pain throughout the winter months - £200 voucher to be won

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GraceGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 29-Jan-21 11:49:46

Whether you walk every day, you’re a keen cyclist, or passionate about running, we all know how important it is to get outside in the open air, especially during lockdown. But if you suffer from joint pain it can be hard to motivate yourself to stay active. With this in mind, GOPO® Joint Health would like to hear your tips for managing joint pain, particularly during winter.

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Are you prone to experiencing painful joints in the colder months? Perhaps you have a go-to exercise routine that helps you with your aches and pains? Do you swear by a particular vitamin or supplement? Or maybe you have a secret remedy that keeps you out and about?

Whatever they may be, we’d love to hear your secrets to managing a winter joint pain flare up.

All who post on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky GNer will win a £200 voucher for a store of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

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Maggiemaybe Sun 31-Jan-21 19:39:18

I’m at the stage of guessing which bit will ache as I step out of bed - it’s usually the ankle or lower back, but just lately the sciatic nerve’s joined the party. I find 30 to 40 minutes exercising with Fabulous Fifties on YouTube gets me going. A bit of stretching, some balance and strength exercises, usually a bit of walking, and I’m ready for the day. I take a cod liver oil capsule daily as well.

Ro60 Mon 01-Feb-21 21:11:58

Turmeric in my food - smoothie, curry etc at this stage of my life seems to keep it at bay. Also less alcohol.

Kswainson16 Tue 02-Feb-21 02:35:05

Magnesium tablets , gentle and regular exercise and avoiding stress wherever possible

Lollin Tue 02-Feb-21 02:39:48

Still searching for the magic solution. Til then it's GN for distraction these early hours

glammanana Tue 02-Feb-21 11:16:31

Turmeric tablets twice a day they can be opened and have as a tea as well.Primrose oil every day I notice the difference when I stop taking them so they may be working.
When I get up first thing I sit on my dressing table chair and swing my legs back and forth to get moving then lunge against the kitchen worktops as told by my physio lady it eases the pain in my hip and the sciatica that I am prone to in cold weather.

BigBertha1 Tue 02-Feb-21 14:29:55

Not much helps to be honest but I try not to sit for long periods no supplements for me they just dont work. I try to distract myself and not bore others with it.

LullyDully Tue 02-Feb-21 16:42:47

I use curcumin, an extract of turmeric. Suits me.

fevertree Tue 02-Feb-21 19:23:17

I've noticed that my joints are stiffening up more and more in the last few years, I will be 72 this year. I'm in the "better for motion" camp in that a sore or stiff joint feels better when I walk it out.

I persevere with a Pilates class twice a week as I feel that helps too. We do lots of flexing and stretching in the class, as well as core exercises.

I have recently wondered whether I should try to find a supplement that might help... smile

NotSpaghetti Tue 02-Feb-21 19:35:23

Baths instead of showering is always good.

flowersfromheaven Wed 03-Feb-21 21:14:46

I have got shoulder and leg pains I find doing a bit of yoga helps a bit but I have just started taking vitamin B12 boost spray (I am not taking it for the pain) but I have noticed that my pain in both shoulder are a lot better and my body doesn't feel stiff in the morning anymore Don't ask me why because I honestly do not know why. I will keep taking it as I feel a lot better.

Kittyme1 Wed 03-Feb-21 21:50:45

Weekly Pilates zoom class and arnia gel.

theprovinciallady Wed 03-Feb-21 21:57:03

I have osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia which began a few years ago and very quickly became extremely debilitating. I have done and do various things all of which have helped although nothing can cure the underlying conditions. I lost weight and started gentle daily exercise as well as doing daily stretches, balance and strength exercises and meditation. Also never get cold and modify your home and routine to avoid wrenching or straining the painful joints so for instance I have an electric blanket and lever taps and wear thermal fingerless gloves at all times even in bed. I take calcium and iron supplements and a glucosamine and chondroitin one. Look at what the physio department attached to the hospital offers, I went on a living with chronic pain course they ran which was hugely helpful in many different ways. There is also the website Versus Arthritis which gives lots of information to help you to choose where to go next and what help to ask for as well as the results of clinical trials etc.

Let90 Wed 03-Feb-21 22:54:27

Doing alot of walking and stretching exercises. Relaxation as pain and stress/tension are linked. We are one body physical, spiritual, emotional. If one thing is out of balance it effects everything else. Also a acupuncture in the ears is excellent !

GrannyRose15 Wed 03-Feb-21 23:21:52

Massage. That is the only thing that I can rely on to alleviate my symptoms of fibromyalgia. If I can have a deep tissue massage once every three weeks then I am usually OK.

Also, when the pain is really bad - like first thing in the morning - I listen to music. This usually takes the pain away. I someone would do some research into the relationship between pain and music. I would gladly take part.

Hetty58 Wed 03-Feb-21 23:25:53

Daily walks and keeping warm seem to help the most.

My knees used to hurt a lot in the cold. Now, I've knitted slouchy leg warmers - and I wear them, as an extra layer between leggings and trousers. Keeping those calf muscles warm really makes a difference.

Prolonged sitting makes back pain worse. I have a bedsitter arrangement for the winter months. After lunch (or when my back twinges) I have a lie down to relieve the disc pressure.

My electric heated mattress cover and weighted blanket are pure bliss! Sometimes I have a nap, too. In lockdown, it really doesn't matter when I sleep.

muffin Wed 03-Feb-21 23:39:03

Daily walks with my dog get me going, electric blanket and heated throw for the sofa, also arnica gel helps me.

summergal Thu 04-Feb-21 08:52:38

Even though it can be painful, to keep moving is the best way of keeping joint pain at bay for me. Stretching and weight bearing exercises really help too.

Pansy123 Thu 04-Feb-21 09:29:49

The best thing I have ever done to help the pain in my finger joints is to take Turmeric as a supplement. If you decide to try it, they must be the capsules that also contain black pepper to aid absorption . After three weeks my pain was gone. There are lots of research articles on the net about this if you would like to find more information for yourself. I highly recommend people look and perhaps try for yourself.

maciv234 Thu 04-Feb-21 10:17:26

try to keep moving about

ujhunt1961 Thu 04-Feb-21 11:15:16

I use a topical anti inflammatory cream and try to get up and move once an hour

chris8888 Thu 04-Feb-21 11:56:01

I hate it when my joints play up, so painful. I take over the pain relief and have have a soothing warm bath.

gillyknits Thu 04-Feb-21 11:57:08

I have arthritis in my hands, knees and hips and the Rheumatologist actually recommended turmeric with black pepper. Apparently the black pepper helps with absorbing especially for the hands.
Tried it for three months and am almost pain free in the hands and reduced pain elsewhere.
I also do Pilates twice a week, to keep everything stretched and more supple. It does help.

Nanna58 Thu 04-Feb-21 12:00:29

Psoriatic Arthritis. I take fish oil , and turmeric with black pepper, always wear gloves if cold and hand braces at night to prevent accidental knocking of joints . But mainly keep exercising, .

Blossoming Thu 04-Feb-21 12:03:59

I find yoga exercises help. Also keeping the affected joints warm by wearing wrist warmers, thermal leggings, etc. A heat pad helps with back pain.