I get many questions about gout, from all over the world.
Here's one I answered today from Romania about Foods To Avoid With Gout.
The original question is preceded by >, and my answer is in italics.
> I am from Romania. I have been suffering from gout for almost 4 years and now I am on Allopurinol (200) for more than one year.
As I understand it, if you take allopurinol, you should be able to eat almost anything.
What is more important is to have uric acid levels monitored regularly to ensure that you are taking the correct dosage.
When you are getting it checked, you should ask your doctor about any changes that you need to make to your diet.
Please let me know what he says.
> I have read a lot about how bad is minced meat for gout. Is this true and why? Is it bad even if it's chicken minced meat? I like...
In tidying the old forums, I repeat the following question in it's entirety:
I hope this subject isn't that taboo on the forums, if the admin deems this as an unfit thread for this forums then please remove it at all costs, as I come from a legal state where I was able to get a prescription for MMJ. I am in no way advocating its use or in anyway promoting it, but I came here with some questions/thoughts and would love to get some feedback from fellow sufferers.
I have read on a few websites that cannabis mite be a possible candidate as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, seeing as how gout is considered a form of arthritis it may seem that MMJ may be beneficial for gout sufferers. And there are other sites where it states that MMJ justs act like morphine in the sense that it helps the users forget about the pain while under the effects...
For years I have had Gout, I have been tested and it is Gout.
Anyway, Doctors think it is odd but I get gout attacks from simply changing shoes. They are not cheap tight shoes but no matter what quality simply changing into different shoes will bring on an attack. Also just bumping my foot on something or twisting it wrong.(playing guitar will get my wrist or finger too)
Does anyone else have issues with shoes. I hate wearing crocs everyday
2018 Gout Shoes Update
1. I've added the latest Gout Shoes facts to Should I Walk with Gout.
2. You might also find Gout Shoes discussions in the Gout and Exercise Forum and in the Should I Walk with Gout Forum. So please join those discussions and add your own questions, experiences, and opinions about shoes that help gout.
Please remember if you want personal help with any aspect of gout, the new place to ask is GoutPal's Gout Forum. So we look...
Management of acute goutBetter gouty arthritis treatment is a major concern for gout sufferers throughout the world.
My better gout treatment campaign is dedicated to improving medical and care procedures for all gout sufferers.
My correspondence shows that this is a worldwide problem.
British rheumatologists have completed some guidelines for the management of gout.
The aim of those guidelines is to:
develop concise, patient-focussed, evidence-based recommendations for the management of gout for doctors and allied heath professionals in primary care and hospital practice in the UK, which will also provide a useful resource for patients.
My aim is to provide a clear and concise gout patient guide that tells you what you should expect and request when you see your doctor about gout. To do this, I will analyze these guidelines, and other relevant publications, discuss them with you in the gout forum, and develop a simple gout patient guide.
I am still waiting to see the full guidelines, but the executive summary Full...
Can you cure your own gout?
You might have to.
If you do not take responsibility, and demand the right long term treatment, you will never cure your gout.
If you do not take action, the chances are nobody else will.
I get many messages from disillusioned gout patients who don't feel that their gout treatment is working. I've just seen an article that suggests that you might have to cure your own gout.
In Patients Learn Chronic Disease Self-Management Online on MedScape, the authors note that:
managing a chronic disease has become a normal part of life. The healthcare system, however, ... was designed to focus on acute illness and injury, not long-term conditions.
This is why most gout sufferers get pain relief treatment, but many go without the long-term uric acid lowering treatments that are crucial to curing gout. But it is vital that you get this treatment to avoid crippling joint damage and skin bursting tophi.
The authors conclude:
There is no doubt...
Gout pain relief is the first stage of gout management. The second stage is treatment to reduce uric acid, but this can cause more pain and many people miss this vital treatment because they cannot tolerate the pain. Recent discoveries regarding gout pain have suggested an alternative approach that may well lead to a new, more effective form of gout pain relief.
Many people mistakenly believe that uric acid crystals, commonly described as needle-like, cause pain in the same way that sticking pins in your body will. If you've studied my U-D-R-P model of gout pain, you will know that it is actually your immune system reacting to the crystals that causes swelling and pain in a similar way to fighting a virus. And the pain doesn't only arise when something triggers these uric acid crystals to form.
A few days after your immune system has attacked uric acid crystals, swelling and pain subside as the crystals become hidden by white...
Starting allopurinol is a worrying move for most gout sufferers.
First, there's the psychological trauma of committing to a daily pill for the rest of your life.
Second, there's the worry of the risk of horrendous side affects that affect some allopurinol users.
Third, there's more worry about gout attacks during the first few months of allopurinol usage.
These are the 3 main concerns that gout sufferers ask about in the gout forums. There are many other concerns about starting allopurinol, such as getting the right dose, or if allopurinol should be started during a gout flare. My main concern is that gout patients do not seem to get the right answers from their doctors.
Whatever concerns you might have about starting allopurinol, you can be certain you will get good advice in the gout forum. Your best place to start is by reading my allopurinol guidelines. My guidelines give you all the facts you need about allopurinol. If you are specifically looking for information...
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Information on this website is provided by a fellow gout sufferer (Keith Taylor) with a love of accurate data. But no professional medical qualifications. So you must seek advice from a qualified doctor about gout and any other health matters.