March 18, 2014 at 9:43 am #16208davidkParticipant
It’s been a couple of years since I have posted on GoutPal. I got back some lab results today showing my UA at 4.5 and thought I ought to post an update and a thank you on GoutPal.
About 4 years ago, I went through a year of horrible pain in my big toes. I had to walk with a cane the days I could walk at all. I got a handicap sticker for work and hobbled to my office. When work was over, I stayed home; I could not go to the store, play with my kids, etc.
I finally found GoutPal over Christmas break and got lots of great advice. I learned about the need to measure UA levels and how to lower them. I had tried allopurinol, but had a reaction to it and could not take it. Someone on the forum recommended Uloric which was new at the time. I researched it and told my doctor I wanted to try it. He did not know what it was, but researched it and started me on it. My UA was at 11. Within 2 weeks, it was down to below 5. I still had 6 months of flare ups every few weeks. But there was hope and my friends at GoutPal helped me understand it was okay to have flare ups- the crystals were being flushed out.
After the 6 months, I’ve not had another flare up in 3 years. I ski with my kids and enjoy a normal life completely free of any gout symptoms. I still take 40 mg of Uloric per day and my UA runs under 5.
I’m deeply grateful to Keith and the gout forum members who helped me so much when I was desperate almost 4 years ago.
March 26, 2014 at 2:26 am #16278Keith Taylor (GoutPal Admin)Participant
Wow! Great post @davidk.
If anyone is holding back from getting gout under control, this sqays it all:
After the 6 months, I?ve not had another flare up in 3 years. I ski with my kids and enjoy a normal life completely free of any gout symptoms.
Wonderful.February 23, 2020 at 4:07 am #23839Keith TaylorKeymaster
It brings me great joy to re-read this today as I start writing about 15 Years of GoutPal.
I should point out to other gout sufferers reading this that all the credit for his gout recovery goes to David. Because he worked hard every day to learn more about his gout. Then he discussed it with his doctor until everything came right.
So it takes effort. Maybe not every single day. But certainly once a week it’s good to discuss questions, experiences, and opinions about your gout. Note that besides that new gout forum, you can also get email help using my help desk. Or even easier – use the Feedback Form near the end of each GoutPal page. Because that is also part of my help desk.
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