A Journey Begins – 12 Week Trial of GOPO
I had hoped this flare up of fibromyalgia would be short-lived, but that doesn’t seem to the case so far, so last week I went to see my doctor to ask about treatments. I was hoping they had progressed since the last time I had a big flare up – well over then years ago. Apparently not. Not much more is known about what causes fibro and so treatments are slow to improve.
My options seem to be painkillers, which I find don’t work on my fibro pain, or Amitriptyline in low doses. We tried this when I was first diagnosed. It didn’t go well – it lowered my blood pressure and caused black outs and so I had to stop taking it. That was the end of my treatment. And with nothing new on the cards, I was a bit depressed about the future.
Then last week, I was given the opportunity to take part in a 12 week trial of supplement designed to help with the joint pain that comes with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, amongst other illnesses. This has come at just the right time for me and I’m keen to see if it will make a difference for me. I certainly hope so. The supplement is called GOPO and it’s made from powdered rosehip and vitamin C. I was interested in trying it, particularly, because it’s not yet another drug; it has just three ingredients – rosehip, gelatin and vitamin C.
Part of the trial is for me to keep a journal over the 12 weeks, and to blog about it – don’t worry, you won’t be inundated with posts about this – just three or four over the three months. I started the trial on 30 May and initially, I have to take three tablets, twice a day which reduces to two tablets, twice a day after 5 weeks. So, what is it? According to the manufacturers
GOPO is only food supplement in the UK to contain a natural component of rose-hip, gopo, and is known for its natural anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties.
GOPO has been extensively studied in large-scale clinical trials involving hundreds of long-term sufferers of difficult-to-treat joint pain, searching for an alternative to ongoing consumption of conventional painkillers.
The extensive evidence base demonstrates that GOPO:
- Reduces joint pain – with 8 out of 10 osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers reporting pain reduction after just 3 weeks of treatment
- Improves joint mobility – by reducing joint tenderness and swelling in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
- Reduces the need for painkillers – with almost half of OA sufferers able to reduce their consumption of paracetamol
- Rebuilds joint tissues and cartilage
- The results of latest research from Sheffield Hallam University also suggest for the first time that GOPO has beneficial effects on pain and joint mobility in healthy, physically active individuals in just 12 weeks.
So, I will let you know how I get on. Since this isn’t a new product, but is just being marketed under a new name, I have reasonably high hopes that I will see an improvement in some of my symptoms. Fingers crossed!
Disclosure: I have been provided with 12 weeks’ worth of supplement free of charge in exchange for taking part in this trial. I have not been paid to take part and all views are my own.