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My Battle with Inflammation and Joint Pain

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “You just don’t know how good you have it until you don’t have it anymore.”

Is it a waistline? Perhaps a Jawline? Maybe a hairline?

As a 40-year-old man, I think what has hit me the hardest over the last 5 years has been joint pain!

How It All Started

I never thought joint pain and inflammation would be part of my life, but about 5 years ago, my son turned 10 and began playing basketball at a more intense level.  I decided as part of our father/son time we would go to my gym and shoot together after I lifted weights. 

We were just finishing up our shooting routine when a bunch of guys, young and old, started trickling in.  I realized they were waiting on a tenth player for some pick-up basketball.  I felt them looking over at me, and then low and behold one called out, “Do you wanna play?”

As a former college basketball player who hadn’t stepped on a court in over 15 years, the thought sounded exhilarating, if not a little dangerous.  Spurred on by a rush of excitement and my son cheering me on, I took quick stock of my body.

No ankle braces. No legitimate basketball shoes. No mouthguard, which any basketball player knows is a must. After 3 ACL reconstructive surgeries, my knees haven’t seen this movement in a long while. But even with all that in mind, I said, “Sure!” and jumped in. 

I can’t say it’s like riding a bike.  It’s pretty sad actually that something you poured half your life into can slip away so easily with time.  However, I kept up and stayed on the winning team.  My shot slowly came back after a few airballs and bricks and I found myself 3 hours later, dripping with sweat, and absolutely exhilarated. I had just played ball and did conditioning without even thinking about it.

After years of stair-stepper and treadmill for cardio, I was beyond excited that I could accomplish such a thing while having fun.  I was on cloud nine and couldn’t wait until I could play again.

When I woke up the next morning, I could hardly get down the stairs.  I even contemplated sliding down the stairs like a toddler.  I found myself holding onto the rail with both hands like a 90-year-old wobbling down carefully step by step.  I was in shock. Every step hurt.  My knees felt bone on bone.  My lower back was stiff and throbbing.  My Achilles felt as though they were so tight that they might snap. I was in a world of hurt.

As I looked to my wife for a sympathetic word of encouragement, she just laughed.  She said, ”that’s what you get for being stupid!” without an ounce of sympathy. I contemplated all day how someone as fit as me could be in such pain. I’ve kept up with weight lifting all my life.  I do cardio, do light running, and eat right. How could I feel so out of shape after a few hours of unfamiliar activity? I had a newfound appreciation for people who say they have joint pain.  That’s when I realized, “You don’t know how good you have it until you don’t have it anymore!” 

My Journey with Joint Pain and Inflammation

When I got to the office that day I found myself googling joint pain, inflammation, and supplements.  I was looking for any answer as to how to heal and recover better. Even though I was in a world of pain, I still couldn’t stop thinking about how bad I wanted to play again.  I knew I was going to have to find something to help me. 

Growing up with all my injuries, I had taken too many NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). As a result, I developed an ulcer and can not take them anymore.  I wanted to find a natural way to help my inflammation. What I found was turmeric.

I went down a rabbit hole of research.  Turmeric, or curcumin, is a natural restorative superfood with many health benefits. The most appealing to me was lessening inflammation, but I found it also helps with digestion, cognitive improvement, pain management, and depression.

Though the medical studies on curcumin are prevalent and the testimonies and anecdotal data on specifically joint pain are promising, the biggest downfall is that curcumin is poorly absorbed in the intestines. So much so that if you only as a supplement, you will probably not receive any benefit at all. It’s not about how much curcumin you take, but how much is absorbed and how long it stays in your body.

I came across a company called Vidafy that was on the cutting edge of curcumin lipid technology. They have developed products that are designed to help the absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream!  They use a patented process: a miso-based delivery system with nanotechnology known as BioMS. This process was developed in Germany and it improves absorption up to 277 times more than turmeric powder found at the grocery store or in other supplements.

While most turmeric and curcumin supplements only last in the bloodstream for up to 4 to 5 hours. But with Vidafy’s BioMS curcumin delivery system, it stays in the tissues and bloodstream for up to 24 hours! 

What I Did About My Joint Pain

I read a lot of testimonies and feedback and it was worth giving it a try.  I ordered it and within a day of use, I could feel the pain going away and a decrease in my inflammation.  I was surprised at how quickly I was bouncing back.  I’ve been taking turmeric for 4 weeks now and I’m playing pick-up basketball twice a week!  No more treadmill or elliptical.  I lift weights and get a crazy amount of conditioning in on my ball days.  I’m feeling acclimated and I take my curcumin drops every day devotedly.  It’s my secret weapon! 

I’m so grateful that my body is responding. I feel in incredible shape and something in me feels alive again now that I’m back on the court.  I can’t describe it.  But I have a newfound pep in my step each day when my feet hit the floor.  A pain-free pep in my step!