The low point was fighting bouts of depression and considering my life was over. I have tried a multitude of dietary changes, supplements and medications. I got to a point I was just sore 24x7 instead of in major pain 24x7. I keep fit and do eat healthy, although any load bearing exercise is off the table now.
Arthritis medications are pretty much a no go for me due to horrible side effects. It now seems I have found something remarkable in this fight and it is unique to NZ. It is an extract from NZ green lipped mussels called Lyprinol.
There have been encouraging studies done so I decided to try it. It isn't cheap, around $45 for 50 capsules and I take one morning, one night. After taking this stuff for a month I have been feeling great for the first time in 5 years. Pretty cool that this substance is native to NZ.
I am not posting links or spamming, I certainly have no affiliation to lyprinol whatsoever. I know a lot of people suffer from arthritis so am putting this out there for anyone looking to ease their pain. I have also noticed that while on Lyprinol food that would trigger my arthritis with a vengeance now barely affect me.
For example I've started eating potatoes and corn again, and the occasional bag of chippies doesn't wreak havoc like it used to.
*edit, to hose who might be thinking "placebo effect", well I have tried over 20 supplements in the last 2 years.. everything from curcumin, boswellia, pycnogenol, garlic, omega3, vit-d, ect. I am a skeptical person by nature and although at times felt some things I tried helped they did not get to a level worth continued investment. This is the first substance that I would actually fear not taking anymore.