Here is my quick introduction to this website for 2020.

In the past, Gout-Pal.com has been the interactive face of GoutPal.com. So you will still see lots of personal gout discussions. Which support the facts I publish on my main gout information website.

But since I learned how to manage gout properly, I’ve had to reorganize how my sites work. Because I’m changing GoutPal.com to be a resource for you. So this website will become my personal gout space. Where I will…


Keith’s GoutPal Story

  • Describe key points in GoutPal history.
  • Explain my personal approach to some gout management choices.
  • Review old discussions with respect to my latest gout support services

Please note that my main priority is GoutPal.com. Because I want that to be the best resource for all gout sufferers. So you can learn general gout facts there. Then we can work together on personal gout learning projects.

In future, I’ll add some personal highlights. And maybe some humor from the world of gout. But I prefer to focus on how I can help you. So please use the Feedback form on each page to tell me your gout stories.


Remember that this website still contains some interesting and useful gout discussions. So before I move them to the new gout forum, here are some topics that remain very popular…

  1. Gout and Itching September 16, 2020Gout and Itching

    Gout and itching. I have been itching on my feet and heels for several months. Sometimes all over my body, feet and hands. Recently I had an extreme gout attack. During that time my itching went away and when the attack stopped, the itching came back. I have tried every cream made, including steroids, hydrocortisone and fungal. ...

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  2. Gout Swollen Foot! Can you get gout in the whole foot? September 15, 2020Gout Swollen Foot! Can you get gout in the whole foot?

    I have had recurring gout for the last 4 weeks. It subsides after using Prednisone for a  few days but then returns. My whole foot is swollen like a balloon. Is this normal with gout?

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  3. Walking With Gout September 15, 2020Walking With Gout

    Will walking with gout make it better or worse? Mobility is usually best, but you need to keep joints warm dry and safe. Discuss how exercise affects your gout.

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  4. Allopurinol Withdrawal: Can I Stop Taking Allopurinol? August 13, 2020Allopurinol Withdrawal: Can I Stop Taking Allopurinol?

    For the latest information about stopping allopurinol, see Is Allopurinol A Lifetime Drug? in the allopurinol pages. Also view Allopurinol for Gout video for the wrong way to stop uric acid treatment. You will find related information in the gout medications pages within the Gout Treatment Help Section. Note: This discussion is about allopurinol withdrawal. There is a related discussion about coming off allopurinol. Somebody asked me the other day, "Can I stop taking allopurinol?" The short answer is, "Maybe." Not very useful, so read on for the long answer. First of all understand how allopurinol works.

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  5. Anyone Cut Uloric 80mg down to 40mg? August 13, 2020Anyone Cut Uloric 80mg down to 40mg?

    I just started treating Gout, and I am using Uloric 40 mg. The shock at the pharmacy window was amazing, when I got the $250 bill (at least lowered to $175 with the savings program). However, I would like to get 80 mg and just cut the pills in half to save money, since they ...

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  6. Lite beers and pilsners August 13, 2020Lite beers and pilsners

    Beer and Gout Update This is an old discussion about beer and gout. But it still contains many relevant and interesting points. However, before you discuss alcohol, it is wise to read the facts about gout and beer: Beer compared with other gout drinks Allopurinol and alcohol Purine content of beer I’m reviewing all my beer and gout articles. So, ...

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  7. I want ice cream but I have gout August 13, 2020I want ice cream but I have gout

    I’m in the middle of a gout attack right now and it hurts. When I’m in pain I want ice cream. Is ice cream bad when you’re having a gout attack? Thanks, -Ken

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  8. Gout Diet, Climate & Alcohol (especially cider) August 13, 2020Gout Diet, Climate & Alcohol (especially cider)

    This cider and gout topic is now quite old. Please see the cider and gout guidelines for new information. You can start a new discussion if you still have questions.


    Having just found this very useful site I thought I'd share my own experiences. Background: I'm a 56-year-old male, three years (early) retired, 6 foot tall, weighing 75 kilos (not overweight, then). I've been experiencing gouty arthritis for the last five to six years; the attacks on my feet and knees, and occasionally elbows and shoulders, more frequent during the winter months than the summer. The pain has been crippling and I now possess a fine collection of lumpy bones and joints. Treatment has thus far been limited to doctor's pain management prescriptions (Naprosyn and Co-dydromol).

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  9. High Altitude Gout June 29, 2020High Altitude Gout

    32 year old male.  I’ve had Gout since I was 19.  My mum has it, so the odds were never in my favor. I am lying on the couch at the moment with it in my elbow.  I have pretty much got it under control with Allopurinol. But still have the odd attack (1-2 per year).  ...

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  10. Should I buy a home Uric Acid tester? June 28, 2020Should I buy a home Uric Acid tester?

    I’ve read the different posts about people using the test meters.  I have good insurance and get a uric acid test about monthly with my rheumatologist. So it’s not a question about money. I just wonder if I should be doing more frequent testing. To see if I can understand if different activities are changing ...

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  11. Where did you get pain after taking Allopurinol? June 16, 2020Where did you get pain after taking Allopurinol?

    Pain after taking Allopurinol?

    Hi, I am new to this forum and new to gout. I am 47 years old and had bunion surgery about 8 weeks ago; the surgeon and I were surprised that he found a lot of uric acid crystals in my foot. He said this is a positive identification of tophaceous gout and put me on 300 mg/day allopurinol and gave me a prescription for indomethacin for flare-ups after starting the treatment, this started 6 weeks ago. Incidentally, the surgeon showed me a photo of the gout and the crystals were not only in the joint, but all along the bone also. He showed me permanent damage to the toe joint and said I may have to have a joint replacement in the future because of the gout damage. For these reasons, I will not stop taking allopurinol. About 3 weeks after starting allopurinol, I had a major flare-up at the toe I had surgery on and took 3 indomethacin a day for 3 days and have continued with 2/day since. Since the first major flare-up after surgery, I have had pain increase in many parts of my body and would like to know if this is caused by my gout crystals dissolving? I have pain at times in both feet and it runs up the back of my leg about 6 inches, in both knees, my hands and elbows; I would expect all of these. I also have pain in my lower back and once or twice in my shoulders, these I am unsure if it is gout related. I had a major flare-up at week 5 after starting allopurinol and had major pain at all of the joints listed above. I have had more pain at my big toe in the past but with it being localized to one area (say a 7 out of 10 on the pain scale), the pain in multiple locations (say 5 out of 10 on the pain scale in many locations) was worse because of all the different places that hurt.

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  12. Can hot spicy food affect gout? June 11, 2020Can hot spicy food affect gout?

    In a diet for gout sufferers, are hot peppers good or bad? Do spicy peppers increase gout? How does hot spicy food effect gout diet? Discuss gout & spices now.

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  13. A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GOUT (GOUTY ARTHRITIS) June 10, 2020A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GOUT (GOUTY ARTHRITIS)

    A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO GOUT (GOUTY ARTHRITIS)    Some of the recent pleas on this Site, for people desperate for some immediate help with newly diagnosed Gout, have got to me and I have put this piece together as a summary of my own observations. The intention is to simply let them know that they are not ...

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  14. Cherries, Strawberries and Uric Acid June 8, 2020Cherries, Strawberries and Uric Acid

    Please note: this is an old discussion about strawberries being good or bad for gout. You can read about cherries, strawberries, and gout below and follow links for more information. If you still have questions about the effect of strawberries on gout, please start a new topic. You can also see related discussions in What ...

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  15. Gout and White Blood Cell Count June 6, 2020Gout and White Blood Cell Count

    Hello, I am new to this and just had my first gout experience. I am pretty healthy 29 year old male. I have had many sports injuries (3 ACL tears) and turned my ankle countless times. My diet is I guess normal for my age as is my drinking. I don’t drink ...

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  16. Liver And Allopurinol Side Effects May 31, 2020Liver And Allopurinol Side Effects

    Allopurinol side effects worry many people. It's perfectly safe for most people. To be certain you should get regular check-ups and advice from a qualified rheumatologist.

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  17. Can you get gout in your baby toe? May 28, 2020Can you get gout in your baby toe?

    Can you get gout in your baby toe? Certainly, as this picture of a tophus shows. You can also see symptoms of gout in the second toe. Discuss gout in your toes.

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  18. Any “bad” long-term effects of Allopurinol? May 21, 2020Any "bad" long-term effects of Allopurinol?

    So the consensus from nearly everyone is that this drug has been around forever and is very safe “long-term.”  Is there any statistical information that shows it can cause damage?  Or what are the cons of long-term usage?  I’m also curious as to why, if this drug is so safe, people still refuse to take ...

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  19. Achilles Tendon Destroyed By Gout May 21, 2020Achilles Tendon Destroyed By Gout

    Uric acid crystals attack bone, cartilage, and tendon. The Achilles Tendon is a common gout target. Have you ever felt like your ankle was broken? Or your heel won’t bear your weight. Then it turns out to be another gout flare. Achilles Tendon Gout

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