LISA, I'm the leader for a small All About Gout team here. We have links to a lot of current research on the issue, since it is becoming much more common these days. It's part of the spectrum of metabolic disorder ailments. Please feel free to join the team. We are small, but about five or six regular posters are usually available to reply.
One thing I've learned is that most people have different flare "triggers", regardless of the underlying cause of their gout. However, two things you should immediately remove from your menu are alcohol and fructose (that means table sugar as well as corn syrup). They are, far and away, the most significant triggers.
You can pretty much ignore any of the old conventional advice to limit foods with purines. That doesn't work at least as often as it does.
Gout is one of the more easily treated conditions you could have; most people who get proper medical care for their first attack never have another. You might have to doctor-shop a tiny bit to find a GP who knows what to do for gout, but there's LOTS they can do.
As for what to do at home, the first and most important step is to eliminate alcohol completely. After that, almost everything else you're supposed to do for general health will help gout. Eat a mostly plant-based diet, especially dark red and purple fruits and veggies. About the only time there's a conflict between gout diet and general good diet is in the case of fish. Most people should eat more fish for their health, but not if you have gout. In general you want to reduce animal products.
My hubs has gout flareups, usually when his diet his high in protein or is drinking a lot of Coke. He has taken allopurinol in the past. But if he feels a flareup coming on he will lessen his intake of the above and up his intake of water. It usually helps. Thanks for the articles from the previous posters, we'll be interesting to see what natural alternatives there are to help his condition.
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I was asking for my mother she has had some gout attacks. She has seen a doctor and he did a uric acid test and he gave her a prescription for Indomethacin she dosent take that all the time just when she having a flare up and it takes several days to work.
Again, thank you for all the information and advise.
It really is a condition you should see a doctor about. During a flare up some doctors prescribe Indomethacin to help deal with the symptoms.
For the underlying problem of gout, which is too much uric acid, some doctors prescribe Allopurinol. Starting this drug can actually bring on a gout flare up so it is often prescribed with an anti-inflammatory. Note that left untreated, gout and the underlying high uric acid can have long term impact on health.
Losing weight, slowly, helps reduce gout flareups. Diet can have a slight impact but medication has a much greater impact. Beer is one of the worst foods, exposing toes or joints to prolonged cold weather is also bad..... In short, I would go to an experienced doctor or even a rheumatologist rather than rely on home remedy's or internet cures. Just as you wouldn't treat diabetes with a home remedy, I wouldn't treat gout with one either....
Best of luck!
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We had a brilliant TV programme in UK called The Food Hospital where they helped people alleviate symptoms of their ailments by changes in their diet. They featured a man with gout and you can read his story and the changes to his diet here. http://foodhospital.channel4.com/condition s/gout/ Hope this helps.
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Husband has had it so bad he was unable to walk. This happened 3 different times. Doctor put him on Colchicine and Potassium Citrate. He also takes CherryFlex. He has not had a flare-up since he started on these - so about one year now.
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I don't but a number of men I know do suffer from gout. They have had to cut out caffeine, fried food and alcohol to prevent attacks.
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DH has gout flare ups. Home remedy is concentrated cherry juice. It's pricey (I think the last jar I bought was $25?) It's REALLY thick (I tease him that he's drinking True Blood). He has to add a little bit of water to get it down.
there are prescriptions you can take that prevent the flare ups. Mom's DH takes something, and hasn't had any problems. Of course, he's pretty good about eating right and he gets LOTS of exercise.
I don't have any answers for you but I watched both of my parents go through it, I know it's painful and my heart goes out to you. I can say that my Mom didn't do as the doctor wanted her to and her recovery was much slower. God Bless and take care.
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