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Self Help for general arthritic aches and pains

(11 Posts)
glitterbiscuits Mon 13-Nov-17 07:12:32

I’m feeling so old these last few months. My knew creaks every time I go up the stairs. My elbow hurts if I hold anything heavy. My shoulder on the other side hurts if I raise my hand and my hips ache. I’m heading for 50 and the menopause

I have come up with weight loss to help the knees and hips. I’m exercising when I find the time. Too early to have made a difference yet,

What else can I try? Are there supplements that are really helpful or is it all a con?

I still work full time, long hours so my body can’t give up yet.

mermaidbright Mon 13-Nov-17 07:36:56

Watching with interest, I am exactly the same.

Peri menopause hit and I aged over night. My joints and muscles ache. I wake up really stiff and it takes me ages to get going.

It's horrible, I am 52.

I have a doctors appointment at 9 today to talk about it. Will let you know how I get on.

katymac Mon 13-Nov-17 08:38:46

B12 & vit D have helped me (fibromyalgia) plus non-load bearing exercise and regular hot baths

But it's not a quick fix

glitterbiscuits Mon 13-Nov-17 09:03:43

I long for a bath!

I’ve sent for some Spatone today - an iron supplement. I’m vegetarian and a blood donor so no reason to suspect my iron stores are low but I am tired and my hair is thinning so I’m going to give it a try.

Willing to give anything a try.

glitterbiscuits Mon 13-Nov-17 13:23:44

@mermaidbright - how did you get on?

mermaidbright Mon 13-Nov-17 13:30:51

Glitter my doctor suggested that I try hrt as joint and muscle soreness are very much a meno symptom.
She prescribed three months of Evorel Conti patches and I am to go back after one month if there is no change and she will up the dose.

I am also having a blood test on Friday to check iron levels and thyroid etc.

mayhew Mon 13-Nov-17 13:35:25

I take low dose aspirin to prevent blood clots. To my surprise it dramatically reduced my hand and wrist pain which is probably arthritis. When I ran out of aspirin, the pain came back.
I also take vitamin d which I think is helping.

BadCarrot Thu 16-Nov-17 08:30:08

Mum has osteo and rheumatoid arthritis; her consultant said the only supplement that works is GoPo a rosehip extract. That plus prescribed drugs has dramatically improved her condition in 18 months.

TaylorTinker Thu 16-Nov-17 08:43:40

You could try adding the anti inflammatory spices in your diet ginger and turmeric, if you are not already eating them.

allypally999 Thu 16-Nov-17 09:13:29

I swear by Glucosamine for my arthritic hands

Backingvocals Thu 16-Nov-17 17:34:36

I’m in HRT and most of the pains went as a result. Was left with arthritis in my hands (I’m 49 sad) but I’ve gone gluten free and that’s improved matters.

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