SparkPeople ALL ABOUT GOUT Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=21344 Share our experiences & treatment for gout. Learn how nutrition, supplements, & exercise can lessen or prevent episodes. SparkPeople ALL ABOUT GOUT Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=21344 Beet Juice - Remedy or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x58350650 Good morning. <BR> <BR> A Facebook group called All About Gout is another gathering of the afflicted. From time to time, like here, members quip, complain and even occasionally post well-intended suggestions. Here is one that surprised me. Beet juice as a way to remedy the pain of an acute attack. <BR> <BR> Ever the armchair chemist (Woubbie cringes...), I find it beyond surprising that 100% beet juice concentrate works, because apparently it is incredibly basic (ph of 9 or more) whe... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:23:31 EST All Together Now, in D Minor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x58307680 Hello gout flare, my old friend <BR> You've come to torment me again <BR> Because high purines softly creeping <BR> Crystals formed while I was sleeping <BR> And these crystals that are planted in my toe <BR> Cause me woe <BR> Not limping in silence <BR> <BR> From restless sleep gout woke me up <BR> Wondering on just what I did sup <BR> 'Neath the halo of a nightlight lamp <BR> My diet I would again revamp <BR> When my toes were stabbed by the flash of a gouty ouch <BR> Made me a grouch <BR>... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:35:11 EST Disappointing Doctor Appt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x57508019 Hello All, <BR> <BR> I had a doctors appointment last Friday and my uric acid levels are still up he wants to retest me in 3 months and if they are still high he wants to start me on Allopurinol (with Colchisine for 6 months). I really don't want to go on this medication and am desperate to do what ever I have to avoid it, whatever that might be...gallons of water, cherry juice, going off low carb and eating nothing but broccoli? Suggestions? <BR> <BR> Have any of you heard of celery seed... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:09:39 EST Short summary of why fructose sucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x56658428 From Mark's Daily Apple. Note the paragraph that starts with a * <BR> <BR> Fructose <BR> <BR> Then there’s fructose, which is an isomer of glucose. It’s also called crystalline fructose, laevulose/levulose, or fruit sugar. (Crystalline fructose isn’t the same as the manufactured concoction called high fructose corn syrup. We’ll get to that one shortly.) <BR> <BR> Some people have a harder time digesting fructose than others. Fructose (in the form of certain fruits, corn syrup, etc.) can ca... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:37:35 EST Gout Exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x56524681 I am a 31-year-old male who has been suffering from the pain from gout off and on since I was 21. I am overweight, but otherwise often at a loss for what is causing my gout attacks; I am 6'1" and at my peek I reached 315 lbs. but I am at 186 currently, 10 lbs of which I lost as a result of a two-week bout with the flu followed shortly after by the worst gout attack in my life in my knee which resulted in me being in too much pain to eat more than necessary to take pills; and although I admit ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:28:13 EST Avoid an attack? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x56260290 Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I am new to this team although I have been lurking here for a while now. I have my first gout attack maybe 10--12 years ago but I had no idea what it was and it was luckily gone with in a couple of days. Not the case any longer I get them in my ankles now and they can last up to two and a half weeks with some residuall pain that can last a month or better. I have been to the doctor and I have a prescription for Indomethacin I also take cherry extract ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:34:31 EST The new guy on the block http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x56245730 Hello to all, I am a gout sufferer, also the "painful arthritis" not the crippling kind. To add to the list, plantar's fascitis and carpal tunnel. My joints are not happy so I thought a little insight from anyone willing could help me in a healthy path. I sit at a desk all day and go home and play with the puppies. Can you consider that as exercise?? Sometimes tho it is hard to even do that, any ideas? Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:06:01 EST Group Sing-Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x56209087 Lament of a Recurrent Gout Sufferer, With Apologies to Simon and Garfunkel <BR> <BR> (All together now, in E-Flat-Minor): <BR> <BR> Hello gout flare, my old friend <BR> You've come to torment me again <BR> Because high purines softly creeping <BR> Crystals formed while I was sleeping <BR> And these crystals that are planted in my toe <BR> Cause me woe <BR> Not limping in silence <BR> <BR> From restless sleep gout woke me up <BR> Wondering on just what I did sup <BR> 'Neath the halo of a ni... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:52:03 EST Chemistry of Gout - and Maybe an Idea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x55821455 I am a professional scientist (and a sufferer). I've had lots of college-level chemistry, physics, calculus, etc. I never expected my own body to be the topic of chemistry lab. Here goes... <BR> <BR> My take is that gout is caused by excess (uric) acid. How one neutralizes acid is to add alkalinity and/or to drink water (the solution to pollution is dilution). So bicarbonate makes total sense; it is nothing if not alkaline. Antacid (Tums...) makes perfect sense for the same reason. And n... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:33:42 EST New gout diet guidelines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x55390254 This site has some info that I haven't heard about in the second half of it. <BR> <BR> <link>arthritis.about.com/cs/gout/a/foodst<BR>oavoid.htm </link> <BR> <BR> They still claim purines are the issue, but not certain purines...??? <BR> <BR> I am happy to hear that peas, mushrooms, and overall protein have been removed as causes of gout now. I eat 125-175 grams of protein daily. Most of my vegetables are tomato, peas, mushrooms, and onion. This list allows me to eat low carb, and fit i... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:44:11 EST Anyone tamed their gout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x55378638 I still take Allopurinol, and so I still have gout, but my Uric acid levels have been low for 18 months, because of low carb diet. <BR> <BR> Mine was 4.8 last check, and my last issue with foot pain was March 20,2012. That's 18 months without any pain, or swelling. I was just wondering if anyone else had gone that long without any issues. <BR> <BR> I am diabetic, and on diuretics, but off meds for diabetes, and my A1C ( average blood sugar test ), is low. I believe that getting blood suga... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:32:19 EST Correlation to Kidney Stones? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x54724509 Good morning from the land of the worried. Last night I had, for the first time in my life and out of the blue, what seemed like symptoms of a kidney stone. <BR> <BR> So, I ask the Queen Bee of lay medical knowledge of all things gouty (WOUBBIE) and anyone else who seeks to weigh in on this (ugh - pun...), is there a correlation? Do you have them/ Have you had them? What do you do for them that might be different from gout management itself? Questions, questions... <BR> <BR> Oh, and a... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 06:36:09 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x53882706 I am from Canada and suffer from quite bad gout attacks, I usually get it in one foot for about a week or so then once it settles down I get it in the other foot for a week or so.. <BR> But I am learning to deal with it the best I can..Seeing a specialist this week.. <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:43:59 EST Guaifenesin for gout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x53602525 Stumbled across this little "bit" on Wikipedia while looking up info about fibromyalgia and guaifenesin (the active ingredient in Mucinex and other mucus-thinning over-the-counter meds): <BR> <BR> "Guaifenesin is a uricosuric, increasing excretion of uric acid from the blood serum into the urine.[7] This fact was discovered by chance, during a survey of hypouricemia in hospital inpatients.[8] " <BR> <BR> I don't have time today to look much further into it, but that would mean that Mucinex ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:19:08 EST Lament of a Recurrent Gout Sufferer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x53518687 For you newbies, or in case you missed it the first time: <BR> <BR> Hello gout flare, my old friend <BR> You've come to torment me again <BR> Because high purines softly creeping <BR> Crystals formed while I was sleeping <BR> And these crystals that are planted in my toe <BR> Cause me woe <BR> Not limping in silence <BR> <BR> From restless sleep gout woke me up <BR> Wondering on just what I did sup <BR> 'Neath the halo of a nightlight lamp <BR> My diet I would again revamp <BR> When my toes... Wed, 29 May 2013 07:27:55 EST EULAR Report, Part 2: Evidence based treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25682x21344x52372639 These would be studies that you could ask your doctor to look over to see if he or she is in agreement with their (very in-depth) conclusions. Doctors have a million ailments to keep up on, and gout is probably low on the priority list for most of them! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM<BR>C1798308/#__sec17title </link> <BR> <BR> "Conclusions <BR> <BR> We have developed the first EULAR recommendations for the management of gout based on both clinical practice and the b... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:31:06 EST EULAR report, Part 1: Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25682x21344x52372628 (This is the first new comprehensive guideline since 1977!!! Yikes!) <BR> <BR> These would be studies that you could ask your doctor to look over to see if he or she is in agreement with their (very in-depth) conclusions. Doctors have a million ailments to keep up on, and gout is probably low on the priority list for most of them! <BR> <BR> <link>www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM<BR>C1798330/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Conclusions <BR> <BR> We have developed recommendations for the diagnosis... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:30:14 EST New Forum Area here for research http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=25682x21344x52372618 If there's one thing I've noticed about the subject of gout it's that it doesn't get a whole lot of press! <BR> <BR> It's still a fairly uncommon complaint, though the number of sufferers is on the climb, sadly. Apparently since there are a couple of treatments that ease the pain, it seems like not much in the way of study is being done. Individuals are sometimes on their own trying to figure out what causes their gout and what triggers their flareups. <BR> <BR> I thought we could put links... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:29:30 EST New Gout article on Sparks 2-25-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x52278868 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=671966 </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:18:18 EST Happy Thanksgiving 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x50911279 <em>430</em> We have a lot to be Thankful for this year, so get ready for the day and make it enjoyable. I know I have to eat carefully so as not to suffer from a flair-up of Gout, so I am certain not to be eating pork or foods with purines. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:09:30 EST Lead and Gout?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x50814053 Channeling my inner Woubbie... <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/artic<BR>le_content.asp?edition=1&section=3&art<BR>icle=380 </link> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:56:19 EST purines, meat, and gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x50795569 I keep hearing that meat is bad for gout. I eat 1.5 to 2 lbs a day. Has anyone else actually removed meat, and stopped the attacks, or eats lots of meat, and has no problem? <BR> <BR> I also eat mushrooms daily, which supposedly have some purines. I do limit my red meat to a lb a week, but eat around 10 lbs a week of b/s chicken thighs ( 12 a day , 6 days a week ). <BR> <BR> Since I eat very little variety, I can experiment a bit. I cut out foods and it seems to me that I really only have ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:47:20 EST 7 months no attacks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x50548124 I'm not sure if I had a major gout issue. I started having pain last September. I was diagnosed in December, and put on Allopurinol. I had a bunch of attacks in January, then 2 in February, and my last one in March.. on the 20th. <BR> <BR> It has now been 7 months, and my Uric acid levels were low, last time they checked them. I take Lasix, and am now wondering if dehydration was a major cause of my gout. I have upped my water, eat low carb. I know sugar caused me to have attacks. Cheese do... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:21:32 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x50147593 Hi I'm Sandy. I just learned about two weeks ago I have gout. I've been hurting for over a year. I was told by Dr probably just arthritis. I finally asked do you think I have gout? BINGO. I've only been on my medicine for little over a week. I'm home sick today found out I was allergic to the medicine. I feel like I have the flu and have gained 7 pds in four days. He took me off and I'm going to switch to Uloric in morning. Hope that works Sorry I'm on a rant. Hope you all can give me some go... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:19:09 EST exercise,gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5492x21344x49857138 I normally swim at the YMCA each morning as I had a total knee replacement in May. Gout seemed to be found as I had a high uric acid count. I thought I had a bad bunion. I had gone off my celiac and low carb diet. <BR> All of this is new to me. <BR> I have many ailments and take numerous medications.I sought help after my feet were tingling and hurt and burning so bad I didn't want to walk. I would only swim in deep water as I didn't want to stand on the pool bottom. Naropophy and given Lyric... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:29:42 EST new gout victim http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x49830617 I have been on South Beach on and off for several years and this year had a total knee replacement and lost touch with the beachy way. Found Spark people and on and off used it to track food intake. <BR> Thought I had a bunion and went on with that for a long time. Finally they checked my uric acid levels and said it was gout I was given uloric and have been taking that for the past several week's I got carried away with icecream. Today I am in extreme pain and decided to read up on gout. I... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 15:27:30 EST New article; no guarantees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x49352998 <link>www.healthtrendsresearch.com/2012/08<BR>/five-tips-to-reduce-gout-risk/ </link> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 15:50:41 EST Without a Doubt, I Got Gout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x49237251 Hello, <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with gout about five years ago when I went to the doctor with what I thought was a broken big toe. The doctor was pretty straight forward and told me that I was seriously overweight and that if I didn't do something about it then I was looking at a lifetime of attacks. I was 334 pounds then, I'm now down to 290 and I have about two attacks a year. I don't take any medication just because I have a bad kidney and I can't stand how they make me feel. I'm current... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:43:37 EST Diuretics and gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x48637269 The elderly mother of a coworker of mine was just diagnosed with gout yesterday, and I was passing along some internet links for her to look at, including this one about how certain diuretics can cause hyperuricemia and consequently gout attacks: <BR> <BR> <link>https://dcc2.bumc.bu.edu/goutstudy/D<BR>ocuments/Diuretic_Gout.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> To make their long story short: <BR> <BR> "Considering the relatively high prevalence of hypertension <BR> among gout patients and the widespr... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:28:58 EST Hi fellow gouty people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x48580543 Hi all, I finally joined this group, I think I went though this page a few times, but never clicked the join button. My name is Dave and I'm 33 years old from Saskatchewan, Canada. Been fighting with gout for close to 10 years. Just getting over a particularly severe attack, well fingers crossed that I'm getting over it. <BR> When people ask me about when I get gout I usually sum it up with lack of hydration. A few years ago I outlined my triggers and most of them were diuretics. Beer and cof... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:34:06 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x48180800 I have had gout for a number of years and currently (for the past 6 Months) take daily medication to help prevent flareups. Glad to find this group to learn even more about this awful condition and hopefully avoid more flareups. Glad to be hear and meet you all. Murf Tue, 22 May 2012 09:51:02 EST Do Flares Always Correlate to Foods? - My Latest.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x48056246 So overnight I awakened to a gout flare-up, in my left ankle, where I have never had it before. So I was thinking (and looking... thank you Spark) back on my food intake history yesterday, for causation. The only thing abnormal for me was the new Chicken Cobb Salad at Panera, that has avocado in it. Does avocado cause gout? Woubbie?Russell? et. al. -what say you! <BR> <BR> Oh, and I'm back to thinking about that allopurinol script. I had thought that weight loss would take this away - w... Mon, 14 May 2012 04:44:47 EST how long between you gout attacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47791586 I figure it would be a good idea to keep track of them. I hear a lot about experimenting, but feel like keeping a public record of how long it has been. This way, I will know how long it was between attacks. Not sure if I can tell if what I am doing is the cause of less, or more time between attacks. However, I tend to think longer between attacks, means I am eating foods I should be, and if I have them one after the other(attacks), I guess, I am eating something bad for gout sufferers. <BR>... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 11:05:49 EST Interesting article. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47743891 This was brought to my attention, and interested me, so I thought I would share: <BR> <BR> www.marksdailyapple.com/gout-primal-pale<BR>o- <BR> diet/#axzz1stgOXn2a <BR> <BR> Kind of encapsulates my train of thought this past week. I forgot pop's base was HFCS, fructose. I was thinking of it as sucrose. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:39:19 EST blood sugar and gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47701788 I was talking about sugar and gout on another team site, and someone pointed out something that hit me, and made me feel stupid. <BR> <BR> Excess protein can be converted to glucose. <BR> <BR> This would be the same result as a pop. Maybe it matters more about elevated blood sugars than sugar itself. A pop will drive up your blood sugar, but so will eating 3 lbs of turkey on Thanksgiving. This would explain how meat is a cause of gout flare-ups, as well as pop. <BR> <BR> I eat 130 grams o... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 09:47:25 EST Doctor's statement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47688632 I got fired from the pizzeria for having a gout attack on Dec 31st.Jan 1st., after 17 years working there. So, when my brother had a gout attack in his knee, we went to E.R. Wednesday night, because the clinic wouldn't take him till Tuesday, and I was afraid he would be fired by then. <BR> <BR> Anyways we went in at 2:30 a.m. as my brother's pain got too much for him to sleep, and it was obvious he would not get better without medicine. He got the Colchicine, and is improved enough to hopef... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:30:32 EST scary story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47688497 I shop for meat at an Amish store. Well, a few months ago when I found out I had gout, I was talking to the proprietor of the store, and she has gout too. She had to have surgery to remove deposits, and her foot had cracked down the center. She is in a cast for 6 weeks now, and will have another 8 weeks in a boot. <BR> <BR> My brother has problems now with his knee, but since Feb. 12th, I have had only 2 days of any pain, and that was cuz I drank pop, and ate cheese( I think ). It is scary ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:22:43 EST Is Sugar toxic? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47408217 www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17<BR>Sugar-t.html. <BR> <BR> Good article. I am still waiting for the circle to be completed. I have read that gout, and diabetes are related, and with sugar being a maor cause of diabetes, they just need to say that sugar may be a cause of gout. <BR> <BR> No matter what, the article is a good read, and I agree a lot with the ideas of Robert Lustig. <BR> <BR> An article closer to my ideas is this one: they seem to be okay with saying soda is bad, ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 14:49:20 EST painful lessons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47350383 I was pretty sure that cheese did not cause me any gout attacks. Boss, I know you have this problem with cheese. I have been eating lactose cheese when I had cheese, but was more of a problem in that it might slow my weight loss, not cause a flare-up( FU )...lol.. a big F U. wow, forgot how painful it can be after just 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> I went to the Amish market 2 weeks ago, and they had no lactose free cheese, so I got fiesta jack. I figured eating 4 ozs for 2 weeks would not be a huge p... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 01:32:28 EST whats the worst that could happen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47239852 I am not sure what is worse, not knowing, or knowing the dangers of a disease. For me, with my diabetes, it made me focus when I started hearing about kidney dialysis,blindness, amputations etc. <BR> <BR> I recently met a lady whose gout dislocated 2 toes, and she had to get a metal plate in her foot. I see pictures of tophuses/ tophi( sp?) not sure which form is correct to use, but either way..looks painful. I don't even know anyone who has reversed the effects, At 38 years of age, I wonde... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 11:34:32 EST Hello - Joined to Help My Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x47056197 Hi <BR> Pam Barrett - joined this team as my husband does not like computers, but we need information <BR> He's had 4 very bad attacks of Gout since September 2011 and we're just in the first stages of learning how to control his uric acid <BR> Will be out here looking for suggestions as we move forward <BR> Just an FYI - I use this site for myself as I've had some major surgery for GERD and had 10% of my stomach removed - so I know how valuable this site can be <BR> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:17:01 EST silly question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x47028175 I was looking at the pink slime articles.. especially how they wash it in ammonia. I was told it might cause urea to be increased.. so my mind starts going ( always a bad thing ). Anyways, after trying to see if ammonia raises uric acid levels for 30 minutes, with no link shown, I went to check on Flamasil( gout med ).. and it has yucca powder which is said to reduce ammonia which causes buildup of uric acid.. ?? <BR> <BR> I am wondering if pink slime, which is in 70% of our ground beef is r... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:32:34 EST Allopurinol.. shortness of breath?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x46959737 I started having shorteness of breath when I took my pills a week ago, so I started taking my pills one at a time to see if they caused it. I have problems with Allopurinol, and potassium pills. I recently doubled my potassium, and my doctor cut it back down to 1 pill, so hopefully this takes care of the problem with potassium. <BR> <BR> However when I took the Allopurinol, I also had shortness of breath for about 45 minutes 3 days in a row. <BR> <BR> None of the other pills cause a proble... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 18:39:10 EST Hello from Russell38 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x46883497 I have been talking about this team with WOUBBIE, and got an invite today. I was diagnosed in December after several painful months of hobbling around with pain in my foot, and ankle( right one ). I thought I twisted it, even paid $350 for orthotics 2 days before I got a call saying I had gout.. thanks podiatrist! <BR> <BR> I noticed that every time I drank a liter of Pepsi, I got a flare-up within 2 days. I eat low carb to help with other health issues I have( CHF, diabetes, A-fib), so it ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:13:36 EST Fructose and gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x46632581 (Bear in mind that HFCS is typically 55% fructose and 42% glucose, while regular table sugar is 50% fructose and 50% glucose) <BR> <BR> Soft Drinks, Fructose Consumption, and the Risk of Gout in Men: Prospective Cohort Study <BR> Choi, Hyon and Curhan, Gary <BR> bmj.com, January 31, 2008 <BR> doi:10.1136/bmj.39449.819271.BE <BR> <BR> <link>www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/96<BR>164.php </link> <BR> <BR> According to a recent study published on bmj.com, men who drink sugary soft drinks... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:03:46 EST Baking soda? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x46516231 I found this concept pretty interesting: <BR> <BR> http://www.best-gout-remedies.com/baking<BR>soda.html <BR> <BR> My dad had damaged kidneys, due to an untreated UTI that went unchecked for years. His kidney function was greatly diminished, and it resulted in his blood pH being too acidic, so for the last several years of his life his only prescription medication was daily bicarbonate of soda pills. His blood pressure remained stable, and he never changed his other eating habits, so it see... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:29:25 EST Links to info http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x46229476 I'm starting this topic as a place to put helpful links to other good gout-related websites. <BR> <BR> <link>www.goutpal.com/ </link> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 08:38:30 EST Research http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x46214832 There seems to be an increase in information about gout out there these days, which is probably due to its incidence being on the rise. Contrarily, it also seems that, because medications now exist to treat it and mitigate the worst symptoms, there is actually LESS emphasis on dietary interventions and long-term solutions. <BR> <BR> I hope to occasionally post information here as well as links to articles that might be helpful to the community. Feel free to add any comments or suggestions! Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:30:38 EST Gout and other medical conditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x42739323 I was just diagnosed with gout. I also have Multiple Sclerosis so since I am so used to pain it took awhile for me to even tell the doctor about it because I thought it was MS related. I have read a few articles that say that being on diuretics and immune suppressing drugs can contribute to developing gout. Another article I read suggested that gout could possibly be a form of an autoimmune disease. Just wondering if anyone had some thoughts or information about this. It is strange because I ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:24:39 EST Introducing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x42368104 Hi folks, just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is David, and I am almost 40. I'm quite a bit overweight, but have been working really hard on that over the past month, I have so far to go. I had my first gout flare up about 5 years ago. Sometimes it is an annoyance. Sometimes it is crippling. I have done quite a bit of reading, and it is disheartening. Can you control the disease? Some of the people I have seen with the disease are not overweight. Some people have flare ups with low uri... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:51:18 EST Can You Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x42175927 I walked every day last week and the week before. This week began with a workout followed by a gout flare up? I have looked around the web quite a bit and wondered if anyone here could tell me. Is there any evidence that the workout itself could have caused the flare up? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 18:01:57 EST Books and other Resources to Help Gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x41600886 I wanted to share a book that has helped me so much in terms of understanding what gout is and what can be done to help the condition. The book is called "Beating Gout: A Sufferer's Guide to Living Pain Free," by Victor Konshin. The ISBN number is 978-0-9816624-6-6. It is an easy to understand book, and gives excellent information as to what diet helps with gout. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have a book or other resources to share? Tue, 3 May 2011 13:23:04 EST Hey feet people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x39829055 I have gout and I need help. I stay away food and drive witch cause to gout to act up, but still have problems. Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:35:37 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x39097921 I was diagnosed with Gout at age 23 in my big toe on my right foot. Im hoping to learn to control it without having to go on medications. doesnt seem like anyones been in this forum for a while though..........Hellooooooooooo! Anybody out there? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:34:28 EST Is anyone still here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x36692083 Please post if you'r still here. I was so excited to find a gout team, then was disapointed when it seemed to be dorment. This is a VERY helpful team, and would love for the helping to continue!! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 17:59:45 EST Hello, 31 and new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x36141104 Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm jeremy and heres my story. when I was 27-28 is I had terrible toe pain, you all know the spot. Doc said it was just a sprain. I got worse and worse. I spent a lot of time seeing many different docs. one of them gave me exercises!! they didn't go well. I had it in every joint except my hips and shoulders. I had to have my Brother come over to get me out of bed. finally I seen someone who ran the blood work and found out it was gout. he gave me Colchicine one time... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 22:38:56 EST CPPD Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x36038519 Hello Everyone! <BR> How great! This website even lists pseudo gout! How could I resist, even though I know most of you won't know of it or have it. It is still gout and for me genetic. <BR> <BR> It "presented" when I was 28. I am not 72. <BR> Today I was supposed to be calling the Virgina Reel in a nearby State Park's pioneer village where a friend and I started a one day children's Day Camp, just for today. But the pgout was on me since last Friday. And by Thursday, yesterday, had to ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 20:53:30 EST Gout and Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x35300625 I'm having a hard time getting my gout under control. I started taking allopurinol again, now in the mornings since taking it at night seemed to upset my stomach, but my big toe joints are still swollen and painful. We've had colder weather with drizzle and I'm wondering if weather affects gout like it does other arthritic joints? Fri, 9 Jul 2010 12:39:29 EST High Uric Acid in blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x31505978 Hi, I am new to SparkPeople and this Team. I don't actually suffer from gout, but have osteoarthritis and a high uric acid level in my blood. I am drinking lots of water, tea and green tea. The doc told me to get on the net and find some dietary approaches to lowering my uric acid level. I have found conflicting information on the uric acid levels in vegetables and beans and lequmes. I hardly ever touch anything on the list of foods to avoid, and I don't drink. I also read that dietary ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 00:26:40 EST Moton toe and trigger points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x26585827 I have been reading about Morton's toe, Taylor Bunions, Plantar Fasciitis and Gout. These are tied together in a couple of books I found. <BR> <BR> The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Claire Davies and Why You Really Hurt by Burton Schuler. <BR> <BR> Has anyone read these books and if so used the techniques? If the claims are true it certainly explains allot of my foot history. <BR> <BR> And yes - I have Morton's toes - my second toe is longer than my big toe. <BR> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 00:13:25 EST Advertising on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x26347923 Is it just me or does anyone else have advertising blocking the drop-down lists after logging in? I don't have a problem with advertising, but that is REALLY annoying. Mon, 15 Jun 2009 23:47:51 EST My doctor just prescribed that for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x26206813 My doctor just prescribed this drug for me, although I haven't tried it yet, since my gout had already subsided by that time. He said it is supposed to be great. One thing, it was not covered by my Medicaid or Medicare, but the cost will only be about fifteen dollars, small price to pay to stop a gout attack thanks, Poet <em>48</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2009 06:08:08 EST Thanks for the warm welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x25799961 Hi again, for sure there isn't much new to say about avoiding an attack of gout, just avoid the gout foods mostly, I guess. Thanks for all the warm welcomes. Smiles over the miles...: :) Poet <em>304</em> Mon, 25 May 2009 14:03:40 EST new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x25766576 Hi,I'm new to this team.I just found out this week I have gout.I've had pain for a year off and on .No one could tell me why,just an aging process.Gail Sat, 23 May 2009 21:39:13 EST Hi. I'm new to this ream http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x25637034 Hello everyone. I'm new to this team. I just got over a terrible attack of gout, but I'm much better today. Smiles over the miles...:) Poet <em>252</em> Mon, 18 May 2009 17:31:49 EST New Gout Drug Febuxostat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x25115241 The first gout medication in 40 years: <BR> <BR> Febuxostat is the generic name of the new drug which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on February 16. It is also called Uloric and Adenuric. You may not have heard anything about it yet as marketing approval was just granted April 21st. <BR> <BR> It will be primarily used for people who have high levels of uric acid. It is considered more effective than allopurinol, but carries more risk of side effects. <BR> <BR> The ... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 00:20:46 EST What did you do right and how can you do it better http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x19362853 The title is something I learned in sales. How to improve and motivate yourself. I had forgotten it until I read the article. <BR> <BR> Excerpts from SP article.... <BR> <BR> Try to approach your goals from a position of "possibilities" instead <BR> <BR> Everyone likes a pat on the back every once in a while. And there’s no better time to get one than when you’re out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to improve, nervous about whether you can succeed. <BR> <BR> Most people approac... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:56:21 EST Fat burning hormones? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x19074916 While reading I ran across the words FAT BURNING HORMONES. Yes my curiosity was peaked. <BR> Well of course it was a advertisement, but I decided to read it anyway to see if I could find any truth in <BR> <BR> what was said. I will not give you the site as I am in no way promoting what they do for it is diet plan. <BR> The only plan that works is to change lifestyle. <BR> <BR> If you wish then read on but the following statement is very true. <BR> It's insane to repeat the same behavior ... Sun, 5 Oct 2008 16:49:03 EST Exercise and Gout http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5492x21344x17945332 Since I do not have gout, I am not sure resistance training is the way to get in some exercise when you have gout. However, I thought the answer from SP's "Ask The Expert" might give you a starting place to form an exercise routine for you all. <BR> <BR> Ask the Expert <BR> <BR> Q I have never done resistance training before – how should I start? <BR> <BR> A Resistance training is a great way to develop strength and create a "whole" body. The more lean muscle tissue you develop, the mor... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 09:50:51 EST ALTERNATIVE & HOMEOPATHIC THERAPY FOR GOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x15815724 Fresh pineapple enzyme ratio- or something like that! <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.righthealth.com/Health/%22Inf<BR>lammatory_Foods%22-Drugs-Bromelain/-od<BR>-answers_questions_Bromelain-s Sat, 14 Jun 2008 22:04:53 EST GOUT ARTICLE AND SLIDE-SHOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x15815451 CAUTION! THIS IS RATHER GRAPHIC (ie.GROSS!) <BR> <BR> <link>www.medicinenet.com/gout-pictures-sl<BR>ideshow/article.htm </link> Sat, 14 Jun 2008 21:47:29 EST TEN HEALTH COMMANDMENTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5492x21344x15768004 Thou shall respect and protect thy body as the <BR> highest manifestation of thy life. <BR> <BR> Thou shall abstain from all unnatural,devitalized <BR> foods and stimulating beverages. <BR> <BR> Thou shall nourish they body with only natural <BR> unprocessed,live food,that... <BR> <BR> Thou shall entend they years in health for loving, sharing with others and charitable service. <BR> <BR> Thou shall regenerate they body by the right balance <BR> of activity and rest. <BR> <BR... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 01:03:17 EST DRUGS USED FOR GOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x15246025 HERE'S A NEW DRUG THAT SOUNDS PROMISING. LET'S HOPE THAT THE FDA GIVES IT THE <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/news/20051116/new-gout<BR>-drug-twice-as-effective </link> <BR> <BR> SANDY <em>141</em> Mon, 26 May 2008 19:34:15 EST Eating green http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x15236811 I read that by eating more green and less meat, I could lower the acid level in my body. The article also mentioned other alkaline foods like lemons, millet, and watermelon. I began drinking between one and three lemons a day without changing our diet much. This didn't seem to help. I had good days and bad days. On bad days though I started taking spirulina tablets before going to bed at night and I could actually walk, not shuffle and limp, when I got out of bed in the morning. I have ... Mon, 26 May 2008 12:48:17 EST GOUT & ASPIRIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x14973279 Gout & Aspirin <BR> Medical Author: William C. Shiel MD, FACP, FACR <BR> <BR> Did you know that aspirin can affect Gout? <BR> <BR> Many patients will read that aspirin increases the level of uric acid in the blood and that the blood level of uric acid is important in Gout. What is the relationship between the two factors? Additionally, many patients are prescribed a low dose of aspirin (75-81 mg daily) to prevent heart attacks or strokes. What should patients be told about aspirin and Gou... Fri, 16 May 2008 11:30:24 EST MEDICATIONS FOR GOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x14834351 <BR> ALLOPURINOL is a structural isomer of hypoxanthine (a naturally occurring purine in the body) and acts to inhibit xanthine oxidase. This enzyme is responsible for the successive oxidation of hypoxanthine and xanthine resulting in the production of uric acid, the product of human purine metabolism.[1] In addition to blocking uric acid production, inhibition of xanthine oxidase causes an increase in hypoxanthine and xanthine, which are converted to closely related purine ribotides adenosi... Sun, 11 May 2008 17:48:31 EST Sandy's Fitness Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5492x21344x14703084 <BR> My goal for this week and next is walking around my apartment building at least once/day. Not much...but my feet are still tender and swollen from the gout. But it's a START! <BR> <BR> Sandy <em>104</em> Tue, 6 May 2008 18:08:04 EST NUTRITION IN GOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x14579709 <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> This is the place to share what kind of food plan you're using, what triggers gout "bouts", things that are good for gout, supplements you take specifically for gout,nutritional questions,and even recipes. Fri, 2 May 2008 12:22:45 EST MOTIVATIONAL "THINGS" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x14563237 This can be used for quotes,thoughts for the day,celebration,announcements,or when you're in a funk or below sea level! Thu, 1 May 2008 22:39:46 EST ALL ABOUT GOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x21344x14479642 <BR> Info from articles,Webmd.com,research,natural cures,dietary tips,anything on the subject of gout. Tue, 29 Apr 2008 14:35:09 EST MaryAnn's Early Christmas Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x14476328 My first gout attack came in Dec 2007. I also woke to an almost unbearable pain in my right foot. It was red, swollen, and horribly painfilled. I knew what it was immediately as my mother also had gout. <BR> <BR> We have no small clinics here, so I had to go to the ER. They x-rayed it but agreed it was probably gout. They gave me a shot and some pills. I also have multiple medical problems so I am not able to take the recommended meds either. <BR> <BR> My acute gout attack last over 3 week... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:57:17 EST SANDY'S BOUT WITH GOUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x21344x14419304 <em>198</em> <BR> I awoke 3 weeks ago with one of the worst pains of my life. It felt like I had fractured my foot. It was Saturday, but,luckily, the clinic was open until noon. Of course it was in my right foot, but I drove anyway. <BR> <BR> The Practitioner examined it and diagnosed it promptly. Trouble is, I can't take any of the regular meds for gout due to other medical issues. 1 week later the pain had improved, but it was still hot,red,and swollen. She put me on Colchicine,which I ... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 19:47:33 EST