Turmeric is increasingly being used in formulas for back and arthritic problems. Many people report that turmeric can help, but it’s important to choose a high potency turmeric product. And recent studies have shown that turmeric may also help people with bloating and digestive discomfort.

Tumeric is safe to take long term and Nature’s Best have the High Potency capsules at 10,000 mg. We often see and read about different herbs that can help with pain and arthritis but not all of them come up to scratch. However my twin sister who suffers from severe inflammatory arthritis was in so much pain she felt it was worth a try.

After only 10 days of taking the Nature’s Best High Potency capsules she felt the benefits. Taking a sweater over her head was very painful and uncomfortable and yet she could easily take her sweater off after such a short period of being on Tumeric. She was so impressed that she rang me to tell me to try them.  Although some of my spinal problems are mechanical I do have arthritis in my facet joints.

They are not expensive at only £14.95 for 60 capsules and with the potency being so high you only need to take one a day. According to Arthritis Org “several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.

A 2010 clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement called Meriva (standardized to 75 percent curcumin combined with phosphatidylcholine) provided long-term improvement in pain and function in 100 patients with knee OA.

In a small 2012 pilot study, a curcumin product called BCM-95 reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA better than diclofenac, an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).”

I can’t wait for mine to arrive and will post how I get on with them on this blog.




As many of my readers know I had my first facet joint injection last October to see if some of my lumber pain was arthritis in the facet joints. The injection was amazing and gave me three of the best weeks pain free time I have had in years. However when the pain came back it came back with a bang and from then on I was in a lot of pain most days.

Yesterday I went back for another facet joint injection as you are allowed them every four months. I explained to my consultant about how my back had been since the last injection and he said that because I also have a prolapsed disc in my lumber spine and degenerative changes that these episodes could happen more often.

I asked if there was anything I could do to stop this from happening but he said to just carry on as normal as anything could trigger it off. This time he gave me two facet joint injections and has booked me in for April for my next ones. If after three sessions of these I am still only finding that I am only pain free for a few weeks then there is a new laser technique that we could try.

After a restless sleep I woke up in no pain like I did when I had the last lot of injections and can now only hope that they last a bit longer this time. Have any of my readers had these injections? It would be interesting to hear from someone who has been through similar to write down their journey down this pain relief route.



In one of my posts last week I had written about the programme I had seen called ‘Hospital’ on BBC 2 which had shown how operations were being cancelled due to the backlog of people filling up all the beds.

I did mention that after seeing that programme and my treatment was cancelled I would totally understand the reason for it as I felt so sorry for all the staff trying to make ends meet. I was due for some facet joint injections last Thursday, but as we were about to leave to go to the hospital my mobile phone went and it was the Hospital saying that the theatre had been double booked and so my injection was cancelled and the next appointment they could offer was two weeks away. Of course I just accepted that this could happen and just hope by the time my appointment comes up next week there is not another mix up.

Meanwhile as well as my lumber pain I have been suffering with a lot of pins and needles and pain in my right hand and up to my elbow. I immediately felt it was coming from my neck and was probably a knock on effect from my lumber being so bad but all my pain is left sided and this was my right hand.

It went worse so I decided to go and see my GP about it. She informed me that it was definitely not coming from my neck (phew) but was a trapped nerve in my elbow. It’s called an ‘Ulna Nerve Entrapment’, which she said is quite common and can be treated with anti-inflammatory cream three times a day and she booked to see me again in three weeks time unless it goes, in which case I will cancel the appointment.

This is the first time that I have truly felt what I could only call ‘frustrated’ with all my pain as I have always found solace in my writing and blogging but now find it very painful to even do that. I guess all I can hope is that it will settle sooner rather than later and that by this time next week I will be in a lot less pain not only in my lumber spine but also in my elbow and hand.



Most back pain and fibromyalgia sufferers can go through a difficult episode once in a while. An episode that no matter what you take, medication wise and no matter what you try therapy wise, you still struggle with the pain.

The episode I am going through at the moment started before Christmas after a three week respite period from having some facet joint injections. I have tried lots of different types of injection therapy from trigger point to epidurals but this was my first try at facet joint injections.

It was explained to me that the pain relief could be for a matter of days, weeks or more but if I got good pain relief then this was good news as it proved that I some of the pain was obviously from arthritis in my facet joints. An MRI in July last year showed that I had a moderate prolapsed disc but it was not pressing on any nerves and some arthritis had shown up in the facet joints.

The pain free period was the best pain free time I have had in years and so when it came back like a ton of bricks it really knocked me for six. Previous injections had always helped a little and for longer but I had never been as pain free in my lumber spine before.

Since it came back with a vengeance it has slowly but surely just got worse and worse and is now causing me a lot of distress and discomfort. I have a telephone appointment with the pain team at the hospital where I get my injections done next Tuesday. I’m not really sure what they will suggest to help me at the moment as you can only have a certain amount of steroid in a year. I guess I can only hope for some good news.

I’m not one to wallow in my discomfort in fact to keep my mind off my pain I got cracking with another book I was writing which I have just sent through to Amazon to be published which meant I could tick off  one of my New Year resolutions. I love writing a New Year resolution list, I find it inspires me on a daily basis. My list is quite long, and so I will probably not get through them all, but I think it’s more achievable if you have quite a long list. Have you made a New Year resolution list ?