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Old 10-12-2016, 05:17 PM
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So, I just got diagnosed with gout in my big toe. Pain is unbearable. Had pain for three days then went to Dr. He took one look and came back in with a 4' needle. Stuck it in there and put some fluid in the area of pain. I cant begin to tell you just how bad that hurts. He told me i should have immediate pain relief and gave me prescription for anti inflammatory. He really didn't give me much info other than stay away from red meat and shellfish.

So i did the google thing (web MD, Mayo clinic) and I'm sitting here icing it for 20 minutes at a time. Its been 8 hours and it still hurts like hell.

Anyone here dealing with these bouts of gout? any pointers or tips for now during the bout or for prevention of further bouts?

Thanks ahead of time.
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A cup of tart cherry juice 2-3x day will lower uric acid levels.
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Originally Posted by jdiddy101 View Post
A cup of tart cherry juice 2-3x day will lower uric acid levels.
read that, have the admiral picking that up for me. thank you
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Allopurinol, been on it since I went on the no carb diet that brought on the gout.
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When I had gout attacks I took ample amounts of NSAID's. That helped other than that you have to wait until it passes.

For prevention, a couple of years ago, I lost 30 lbs and cut way back on my drinking. I haven't had a flare up since I did this.
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My buddy drinks Bragg unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with a little baking soda to cut the acid-an once or two every hour or two. Helps his flare up within a few hours.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:39 PM
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Brother, I feel your pain. Ibuprofen works but doesn't cure. Short term cure is steroids, possibly colchicine(which I personally hate), and in the end allopurinol prevents. Or you can become a vegetarian, lose weight and stop all alcohol. I prefer steroids.

Its amazing how many doctors don't really understand the condition. They recommend Indomethacin, which is an expensive form of ibuprofen. Pure medical mythology.
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Been dealing with it for years. stay hydrated. Worst thing for it is dehydration. I get mine in the big toe and knee. don't know which is worse.

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Old 10-12-2016, 05:52 PM
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NSAIDs for the acute attack. Ibuprofen or naproxen in full doses. prednisone may be needed. Avoid colchicine for acute attack because enough to work causes diarrhea. For prevention, you need to know the serum uric acid level as well as.serim creatinine. Diet can lower uric acid; avoid shellfish liver, beef, beer. If taking a diuretic for hypertension, that can raise uric acid. Meds to lower uric acid include allopurinol, febuxostat, and probenicid.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:55 PM
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The Gout Sucks! You need to go see a rheumatologist. You need to get a script for Colcrys and keep it around for attacks. When you feel it coming on you start taking that right away and it will stop it or greatly reduce the severity of the attack. Don't take to much only use as directed or you will spend a lot of time in the crapper! If you start having a lot of attacks you may need to take Allopurinol one pill a day to keep it away. If that doesn't work the last resort is Ulloric thats what I take one pill every day and I've been Gout Free since. Any other questions fire away unfortunately I'm a gout expert from past experience. Good Luck!
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:02 PM
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I've found much of my gout was caused by dehydration. Drink Lotsa water! If that doesn't work, Indomethacin..a specific NSAID.

Tawny Port kills me, but dam it's good!
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colchicine only after a flair up. Stop drinking beer and eating steak.
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Thanks guys, i know i eat a lot of red meat but if i have 4 beers total a week thats too much. Don't really want to give those up, they are like a treat for me. Gonna eat less red meat for sure and gonna lose a little weight. I am taking diuretic for hypertension so I guess I'm gonna have to tell the cardiologist about that...
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I too feel your pain! I was lucky enough to get it in my right big toe and both knees! Tart cherry juice did wonders for me but it doesn't work right away. I cut my diet of red meat way back and started eating more vegetables. Drink plenty of water!!! I also lost about 20 pounds. Thankfully I have not had another attack since.
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Thanks guys, i know i eat a lot of red meat but if i have 4 beers total a week thats too much. Don't really want to give those up, they are like a treat for me. Gonna eat less red meat for sure and gonna lose a little weight. I am taking diuretic for hypertension so I guess I'm gonna have to tell the cardiologist about that...
Give the beer up and your attacks if you have anymore will feel like a stubbed toe.
It's the friggen beer. I gave beer up 15+ years ago and not one attack for the most part since
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
I've found much of my gout was caused by dehydration. Drink Lotsa water! If that doesn't work, Indomethacin..a specific NSAID.

Tawny Port kills me, but dam it's good!
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Originally Posted by triplejs View Post
Thanks guys, i know i eat a lot of red meat but if i have 4 beers total a week thats too much. Don't really want to give those up, they are like a treat for me. Gonna eat less red meat for sure and gonna lose a little weight. I am taking diuretic for hypertension so I guess I'm gonna have to tell the cardiologist about that...
Drinking light pasteurized American beer should be OK.
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allopurinol is the only true answer I battled it for several years with flair ups about 2 or 3 times a year lasting a week or so starting meds about 3 yrs ago and have not had a flair since well worth the money
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Give the beer up and your attacks if you have anymore will feel like a stubbed toe.
It's the friggen beer. I gave beer up 15+ years ago and not one attack for the most part since
I wouldn't give up beer if it meant my penis would fall off. Medicine was given to man for a reason. Thank you Jesus!
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I wouldn't give up beer if it meant my penis would fall off. Medicine was given to man for a reason. Thank you Jesus!

A penis falling off most likely doesn't hurt as bad as a a gout attack
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