Gout, yeah I know hah ha and all that, but Christ it hurts!

#1
Just been diagnosed with gout by the Doctor. Stating the bleeding obvious its sodding painful.

Once the p1ss taking subsided along with the pain it has become apparent that my current fairly carefree lifestyle is in need of change.

Due to see the Doctor again once foot has stabilised and hopefully will work out a future course of action to prevent another attack.

However tried to see what is out there on the net and as usual lots to read but difficult to weed out decent gen from all the snake oil salesmen.

Seems beer, wine, red meat, asparagus are out amongst other things. :cry:

So my question is to any fellow sufferers is what to do?

Any advice and/or top tips would be welcome.


I have already considered throwing myself off something suitable tall but have reserved this as a fall back position for now.
 
#2
No doubt some of the medical types on here will give you the facts, however, I have suffered on and off for about 10 years. It's very difficult to pin down what exactly causes your gout, a friend of mine also suffers but it's orange juice that causes his attacks. My doc prescribed a daily dose of pantaloc (anti acid) and 2 types of anti inflammatory for when I have an attack, naproxin and colchineal (SP?)

As for lifestyle changes, drink plenty of water, exercise etc. my doc suggested one beer followed my one water!

My first and most painful attack had me carried by two buddies to the MRS.

VimH
 
#4
Ah wonderful having read your post and the link posted by jarrod, i have self diagnosed that what i thought was a bruised foot a few weeks ago, that went away and then came back is probably gout, and can testify that it is bloody painful, looks like a trip to the doctors next time for me.
 
#5
I was diagnosed with the dreaded 'goat' aged 27. First MO I saw wouldn't believe that I hadn't just fallen over whilst pi$$ed and bruised my foot. Second one, some months later, diagnosed correctly and told me I had to stay off all alcohol, all meat (not just red) for at least 6 months and stop smoking. Obviously I told him I'd rather have my feet removed!
Over the years I have compromised (cut down on the fags), but normally find a good bollocking of Indometacin at the first signs of an attack does the trick.
 
#6
Several of people i know that have gout and they now drink mild as it doesn't seem to bring on an attack. Hope this helps to keep you drinking.
 

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#9
Gout!!!!!

Had it for years yet can go for a couple of years with no attacks then can get several in one year.

The worst pain I have ever had to endure. No sleep, not even the slightest weight on the inflamed joint, not even a bed sheet. Can't walk for about 36 hours, home visit by the doctor. Real cry baby stuff, but by feck sore as hell.

Whatever you do ensure you get it properly treated by your GP. Blood tests will determine the correct medication. In my case it is diclofenac (voltarol) during an attack and alopruninol to try and keep it at bay.

No attack for over a year so one probably just a few weeks away. (Bugger) :cry:
 
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The worst pain I have ever had, although I still went to work, civvy co-workers were gobsmacked I was there but I, like most of you dont do sick, but it really really hurt
 

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Spanish_Dave said:
The worst pain I have ever had, although I still went to work, civvy co-workers were gobsmacked I was there but I, like most of you dont do sick, but it really really hurt
Then you are lucky it was a relatively minor attack (IMHO) or you have an extremely high pain threshold.
 
#13
Rarden_reaper said:
Umm shouldn't you be asking a doctor or other type of medical professional?
Seen the Doctor for initial diagnosis. First visit to a quack in over 9 years so you know it had to be bad.

Going back for further advice.

However it doesn't hurt to get some advice as to what works and doesn't work from those who may have it.

Having an idea of the lifestyles led by many on this site I felt that I would be drawing on a rich vein of first hand experience.

My thanks to those who have responded. At the very least its nice to know that some other poor bstard is also suffereing. :D
 
#14
Auld-Yin said:
Spanish_Dave said:
The worst pain I have ever had, although I still went to work, civvy co-workers were gobsmacked I was there but I, like most of you dont do sick, but it really really hurt
Then you are lucky it was a relatively minor attack (IMHO) or you have an extremely high pain threshold.
Or maybe its just you thats weak Yin?
 
#15
Difficult to advise about "triggers". I am not convinced about meat, port, asparagus etc or any of the often quoted triggers. My personal experience is that over the counter equivalents of voltarol are effective for dealing with attacks. I account my freedom from attacks for the last 18 months to taking 1,000mg Vit C every morning, which Mrs F insists will protect me from colds
 

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#16
Harry_Webster said:
Auld-Yin said:
Spanish_Dave said:
The worst pain I have ever had, although I still went to work, civvy co-workers were gobsmacked I was there but I, like most of you dont do sick, but it really really hurt
Then you are lucky it was a relatively minor attack (IMHO) or you have an extremely high pain threshold.
Or maybe its just you thats weak Yin?
Harry! Where have you been? You havn't insulted me for ages :twisted:

You are probably right, I am just a big girl's blouse.

But gout is fecking painful.
 
#17
I was diagnosed with gout around 2 years ago (age 27). For me it's shellfiahand liver which sets off attacks espescially if I'm dehydrated.

My tips would be:
Avoid foods high in Purines.
Drink pineapple juice. This lessens any effects that i get. Apparantly this helps get rid of the uric acid.
Stay hydrated.

Good luck cos when you get an atatck it is fookin painful.
 
#18
my 2p..

I suffered for a short while, when I was very very overweight. At the first sign of soreness (mine used to take 12-24 hrs to kick in, which was unusual) I'd not eat ANY meat and would drink lots (at least a pint per hour) of water. This would nearly always see it off before it kicked in.

Otherwise, as stated, voltarol is the only thing that'll sort an attack. Since losing weight (and I've still got a couple stone to go) I haven't had a sniff of an attack. I don't drink, however.

Oh and as others have mentioned - to those that scoff - there really is no pain like it!! Even though all you can see is a bit of swelling and redness. At one point I contemplated cutting my toe off to get rid of the pain!!
 
#20
Spanish_Dave said:
Mine has come on today out of bloody sympathy :roll:
Dave - you fellow gouty old git - you have my sympathy.

Mine hurt so bad it would have killed a civvy - and now that I am a civvy, I take Alupurinol daily and haven't had an attack since it was prescribed (thank feck).

Hope you're off the sofa soon - bet your legs are raised and your big toe is throbbing like it has been run over by a Challenger 2. :(
 

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