Gout Support Group

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in joints. It is an intensely painful disease, which in most cases affects only one joint (monoarthritis), most commonly the big toe. The classic picture is of excruciating and sudden pain, swelling, redness, warmness and stiffness in the joint. Low-grade fever may also be present.

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  • violetmist

    Frustrated...

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    I was told by my kidney Dr. my uric acid levels are leaving me susceptible to gout. He said due to eating too much meat. I looked it up and this does not include poultry? I also see you can get gout from too much corn syrup that is in processed foods? I have read different things on different websites so don't know what to believe. This is frustrating to me. I want to prevent this if possible....
  • Orab

    Gout and Fructose

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    Hi All, I came across this the other day and offer it to you all. I have no idea if it is accurate but there maybe some out there who, like me, still have no idea of what triggers their attacks. I get gout when I don't drink beer, drink beer, eat no red meat or chicken, don't eat red meat and chicken etc. etc.It's not fruit which triggers me but it might be one of you.Read about it here:...
  • WarriorGal

    Help for a friend

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    A good friend was just diagnosed with gout. A real stubborn kinda guy that doesn't like going to doctors or asking questions, or following good advise, etc.What kind of doctor is best for treating gout? A gastroenterologist?What is the best source of info such as diet?Thanks.
  • deleted_user

    Big toe Pain

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    Hello I'm new to this group.i'm not sure if i have gout yet.i woke up this morning with severe pain in my left big toe.i couldnt step down on it.i googled it and gout came up.i'll be mentioning it to my doctor.what tests will he do to see if its gout? i have already had swelling and pain in other areas,but it was diagnosed as osteo-arthritis in my knee.My knee got red and swollen with...
  • deleted_user

    new sufferer seeking advice

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    I was diagnosed with gout in the ankle a few days ago. I have been taking medication, and its still a problem. I am hobbling around, but probably shouldn't be. I have so much to do, but can't do them. I think the meds are also affecting my mind. Also trying to change the diet suddenly is causing some problems I suppose, with how my body is processing food. But what can I do? I already have...
  • deleted_user

    KRYSTEXXA

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    As promised, I am reporting on my experience with Krystexxa. A new medicine developed for the treatment of chronic gout. My first infusion in the doctor's office was last Monday. The nurses and Dr. monitored me throughout the 2 hour infusion and for 2 hours afterwards to insure I did not develop any of the side-effects - which I didn't. The Dr. told me they now have to monitor ( through blood...
  • deleted_user

    Double Trouble

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    Yesterday my rheumatologist reviewed all my recent test results with me and said she thinks I have topheous intercritical gout AND psoriatic arthritis. Pending the results of more tests I am scheduled for, she intends to begin biological medicine therapy on me soon which "should" control both maladies. I sure hope so. I'm literally sick and tired and being sick and tired most of the time. ...
  • Orab

    Gout in the sternum / rib area

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    HI All, FYI:3 days ago, woke up with an acute pain in the sternum area where it meets the rib. Had no idea what it might be -- wind, indigestion?? Couldn't sleep for most of the night. Next day took indigestion medicine (Eno salts) but no improvement. Pain increased during the day -- especially if I pressed the area or did some sudden movement. Doctor thought it might be my heart but a scan...
  • deleted_user

    Gout lasts for 2 weeks? Seriously?

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    Hello Everyone,I started a very low carbohydrate diet, no red meat, no alcohol, and after 1 week experienced a horrific onset of gout which has lasted 2 weeks so far. I am taking a mild diuretic but can't imagine that causing gout by itself. Had a very bad reaction to indomethacin so began colchicine which helped only a small amount. Have been eating cherries, no meat, no fats, drinking tons of...
  • deleted_user

    first attack - what's the plan

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    Hi there!Out of the blue, a month ago, I woke up to gout in the big toe.I instantly went to the doctors, had a blood test and sure enough, I had an elevated Uric Acid level reading. I also had a number of other blood tests for kidney function, cholesterol etc - everything else was ok.Although it was debilitating and awkward, it wasn't terribly painful. I would describe it as the feeling after...
  • deleted_user

    New to group - My story - Need advice

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    I am age 55 and have suffered from gout for 8 years. I have NEVER been on preventative meds such as allpurinol or probecinid as I have an aversion to drugs.In the beginning, I suffered gout in my feet (mainly big toe) a few times a year. In 2010, I quit drinking beer as my doctor said there is a lot of prurines in beer. I switched to wine. In July of this year, I completely quit drinking. My gout...
  • epicjourney

    Gout is very serious

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    Friends, I will have more to add later, but the important message that I have come to bring is that GOUT IS VERY SERIOUS! There is a strong link between Gout and stroke, heart attacks, and diabetes. Therefore, it should not continue to be casually treated in the way that the medical profession tends to treat it now. Research shows that most primary care physicians have not been properly...
  • betsyfleming

    Gout rash

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    I have vdeveloped a pretty bad gout rash-- I've been trying to treat my gout all natural but it doesn't seem to be working I breally dread going on meds. Any ideas on have new herbs to try?
  • deleted_user

    Good Medicine for Gout Treatment

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    Hello, I want to know which one is a good medicine for Gout Treatment.I am in India. Please suggest me with website url where i can read about that medicine.
  • CopingJust

    My cure/experience

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    Hi Guys,I don't spend much time here anymore, but just wanted to share my experience.......I stopped eating meat.  I used to be a high protein, low carb girl - so I would eat meat at two meals a day and sometimes 3.  I gave it up for conscious reasons - I no longer want to eat another living being, and have actually enjoyed bread again.......lol - but no meat ever.And what do you know - withing...