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The Gout Experience

Friday, December 19, 2014

May you never have gout! It is painful and you cannot stand anything to touch your foot in the beginning stages. Plus you have trouble walking.

I have had gout since November 13 and went to my doctor who referred me to a rheumatologist. Of course, as a new patient, I had to wait two weeks to see the new doctor.

In the meantime, I was trying alternative things both at home and from the vitamin store. Nothing worked.

One plus is that I love cherries and cherries are good for gout! Even though expensive and grown in South America at this time of year, I have been enjoying the cherries. Plus I have been drinking cherry juice, not as good. Can't hurt, right?

So now I am taking prednisone for 6 days, the kind that you taper down each day. I have never taken steroids, EVER.

So far, I have not wanted to eat more, but it is only the second day. However, my face feels hot.

Most important, my foot does not hurt for the first time since November 13. So maybe the doctors know what they are doing. Still, I don't like the idea of introducing steroids into my system.

After this, if the gout comes back, I will have to take something called Allipurinol, forever. It is a drug that takes uric acid out of your body. The reason is that I have to take a diuretic for a condition called Hyperaldosteronism, which is rare and causes high blood pressure. Well when you take diuretics over time, like I have to, there is an increased risk of gout. So one drug causes another condition, causes another, ... hopefully not into infinity. Once you get into this pattern, it never ends, but medical science has made many advancements and I hope to eventually get back off some of the drugs.

What I miss the most is my walking, and aqua fit. I cannot wait to get back to it. Since the gym will be crowded in January (and the pool), I will just take to the streets to walk. I am so looking forward to it! That is my Christmas present, mobility. emoticon

  
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FUJIIROFAE1215 12/20/2014 10:20PM

    I hope it works out very soon so you can get back into aqua fit! I love walking, myself, so I cannot imagine the frustration you must feel right now, but it will get better before you know it!

Also, drinking lots of water and being on an anti-inflammatory diet is supposed to be helpful in alleviating gout.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 12/19/2014 11:25PM

    mobility emoticon hang in there-

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/19/2014 12:10PM

    I'm so sorry you are suffering with gout but glad to hear that the treatments seem to be alleviating some of the pain. I did a quick search to get the most basic info about it, and it seems to be a form of arthritis? I wonder if there is prevention or holistic treatments. I"m sure you have looked into everything and are quite knowledgeable about it, I wonder if you could answer those two questions?

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My Christmas Wish List

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I have realized that the older I get what I really want for Christmas cannot be purchased with money.

Good health is at the top of my list every year.

Love between family members is another Christmas wish.

For everyone to know the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

To be successful in my new business venture.

To live in health the remainder of my life.

I wish the same for you! Love and health, my friends!

Of course, I have to throw in a bit of humor, a bit outdated, but here goes...

  
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CITYBLUESGIRL 12/4/2014 10:14AM

    I hope you receive all you wish for. :-)

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APROMISE4ME 12/4/2014 6:58AM

    Terrific post thank you for sharing it !

Deb

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WIFE49 12/2/2014 2:15PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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1TWINKLE1 12/2/2014 12:41PM

    You have all the right ideas there Thanks emoticon

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Sleep, Stress ... And Maxine!

Monday, November 24, 2014

I had a bit of problem getting to sleep last night. I was thinking about the stress test I have on Wednesday, holidays, you name it. Today I figured that Maxine always has the answer, so enjoy!


  
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JIMA64 11/24/2014 11:04AM

    You are so funny

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The Best We Can Do Is All We Can Do

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Have you heard if you cannot run, then walk, if you cannot walk, then crawl, if you cannot crawl, then pray?
There is always something we can do to improve.
The goal for some is to lose weight, but good health should be the goal for all of us.
I keep getting gout. Earlier this year I tore a tendon in my ankle. So I am having mobility problems this year. This has kept me from my treadmill or my aqua fit classes. I think it is too cold for aqua fit at this time of year.
I really dislike the chair exercises, but if that is all I can do, then that is what I will do.
I can at least stand and prepare my healthy meals.
Yesterday I made a vegetable and grain soup. Green salads are every day, as well, and it takes some time to chop everything up. I like the organic romaine lettuce with peppers, radish, onion and cucumber. Yum! Today will be sautéed squash and cabbage with onions.
Yeah, and I will do my chair exercises...
Do what you can and don't stress. Stress is unhealthy. emoticon

  
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JIMA64 11/24/2014 11:06AM

    I too really like fixing healthy foods. Enjoy my fresh veggies.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 11/20/2014 10:48AM

    that's the way to think- simply dial in to where I can go emoticon

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TRESSWANN 11/19/2014 8:43PM

    Sometimes it's just chair exercises and they are hard! I agree that it seems too cold for aqua fit but I used to do it all winter in a colder climate. Depends on if the gym is warm enough. You hang in there!

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CHUBERASER 11/19/2014 1:47PM

    I also like the old saying, "I'm too blessed to be stressed!" Even though we may be having issues in one area we can always be positive in other areas of our life. My glass is always half full....rather than half empty!

Have a great day!

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Lovely Day

Monday, November 10, 2014

I turned 64 yesterday. Birthdays have never bothered me. What bothers me is not being healthy. I would love to live a long time, but only if my health is good.
At church we had a special service for Veterans Day, it was touching. Our pastor always announces birthdays, so many people wished me a Happy Birthday!
After church, dh and I went out to lunch with friends, 16 total! I had a "birthday sopapilla" with candle! What fun!
Dh gave me our traditional gift of fragrance, enough to last a year.
Then we shopped for Christmas lights.
The weather was marvelous, so it was a lovely day all around!
I am happy to be here!

  
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TRESSWANN 11/14/2014 8:20PM

    I can't believe I missed it. I know what you mean about only if you are healthy. We will get there!

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AUNTRENEE 11/11/2014 7:50AM

    Happy belated birthday.

We had a special church service Sunday too. Our combined our church and another church. Plus we had a high school choir (not our high school) come and sing for us. Some patriotic and Christmas.

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AIREDOLL 11/10/2014 3:10PM

    Why Happy Happy Happy Birthday! All the best in the coming year! What's that saying: If you can dream it you can achieve it! emoticon emoticon

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