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I completely dropped the ball on this team, I admit. Truthfully, I very much like the concept of SP but I detest the design of the site. When I became inactive, I had moved and had no internet connection for some time, etc, etc. I only met one other person in my life that had gout - someone I worked with years ago. At that time I was several years away from my first gout attack. There aren't many of us around SP either. I hope to stick around this time.
As you mentioned, you can have hyperuricemia but never have a gout attack. You can have low UA levels and have an attack. I think that gout can be easily misdiagnosed without a thorough exam that may include blood work, x-rays, or even aspiration of joint fluid, as there are several other conditions that present similarly to gout. When I first went to the doc for gout, thinking I had torn a ligament or something, she diagnosed me with tendinitis! And so the fun began...
"Some people never see the light until it shines through the bullet holes." - Bruce Cockburn
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 uric acid levels. So what do I do?
And now I have made a decision to get in shape. I have signed up for the Mardi Gras Marathon on March 4. And gout is, in my opinion, my biggest obstacle. The rest of it is mind over matter. But what do I do when I can't walk? Anyway, this group looks dead. I just signed on as a team leader. Maybe we can get it back on track and really exchange some ideas. I know I need the help, maybe I can offer some too.
Here's hoping so!