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Sharon, Woubbie is the foremost authority in the known universe on all things gout. She actively moderates this group and will chime in before long. Bow to her greatness, if your toe pain so allows. We all do.

Gout is known as the disease of rich men and kings. Ditch or moderate the habits that would indicate either. For me, cutting way back on red meat, cheese (not all cheeses, but the triggers have no demonstrable pattern except they tend to be yummy), citrus fruit and other dairy has helped. Increasing water intake has helped. Exercise and weight loss have definitely helped.

When a flare occurs - and they are most infrequent - a course of indomethecin helps the most. I'm on nothing for the chronic, save for dilute cherry concentrate in my Sparky water.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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3/21/13 5:05 P

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My approximate age and weight at the first occurrence: Age 66 Weight about 205

When and how I was diagnosed: Diagnosed at a diabetic check-up when I mentioned that my left big toe hurt. At first she thought it was a bunion but upon examining it determined that it was gout.

Initial treatment methods: Ice packs, foot elevation, and naproxen twice a day for approximately 1 week.

How many flareups since the first occurrence: I have had 3 bad flare ups and many lesser ones that I have warded off with ice packs, foot elevation, and naproxen.

Pain levels are typically: Tolerable for the lesser attacks and horrible for the big ones.

My Suspected triggers: The only trigger I have identified so far is asparagus. Suspected triggers are meats and cranberry juice.

My Known triggers: The only trigger I have identified so far is asparagus.

Things I've tried - Dietary: Drinking cherry juice, limiting meat to 2 - 4 ounces a day, avoiding asparagus (which I love to eat).

Things I've tried - Herbal:

Things I've tried - Alternative medicine: Ice packs, foot elevation, and allopurinol (prescribed by doctor).

Body areas affected: Both big toes and both ankles.

What has worked best for me: Nothing so far...I am just learning.

My typical diet is (Spark diet, low fat/low cal, WW, low carb, vegetarian, vegan, etc.): Spark diabetic diet

My typical exercise or activity level is (sedentary, athletic, moderate, runner, lifter, etc.): I am somewhere between sedentary and moderately active.

What I'm most interested in getting by joining this team: (latest research information, SparkFriend support, diet and activity ideas, etc.) Diet and activity ideas.

Comments: My gout diet conflicts with my diabetic diet, so I need to learn how to control both at the same time.

Edited by: SHARON632 at: 3/21/2013 (17:39)
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My approximate age and weight at the first occurrence: first attack at 64, weight 145

When and how I was diagnosed: 2 weeks ago during annual physical

Initial treatment methods: diet

How many flareups since the first occurrence: 4

Pain levels are typically: noticeable

My Suspected triggers: alcohol, red meat

My Known triggers: none for sure

Things I've tried - Dietary: hydrate, limit red meat and shellfish, limit alcohol, drink cherry juice

Things I've tried - Herbal:

Things I've tried - Alternative medicine:

Body areas affected: fingers, one toe

What has worked best for me: don't know yet, only trying diet for the last 2 weeks

My typical diet is (Spark diet, low fat/low cal, WW, low carb, vegetarian, vegan, etc.): Spark diet, limit meat

My typical exercise or activity level is (sedentary, athletic, moderate, runner, lifter, etc.): moderate

What I'm most interested in getting by joining this team: (latest research information, SparkFriend support, diet and activity ideas, etc.)- latest info, the internet is so contradictory,

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Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 3/2/2012 (20:00)
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My age at the first occurrence: 41

When and how I was diagnosed: Thought I broke by toe while asleep in bed. E/R x-ray ruled out a break; did a blood test and there I was. (It's a way funnier story in person).

Initial treatment methods: Indomethecin for flare-ups.

How many flareups since the first occurrence: anywhere from 3 to 6 a year.

Pain levels are typically: moderate if I'm paying attention and jump right on. Severe if I have the audacity to ignore the first pangs.

My Suspected triggers: cheese mainly, red meat, alcohol (beer particularly), maybe shellfish

My Known triggers: cheese

Things I've tried - Dietary: lessening cheese, increasing water, lessening red meat

Things I've tried - Herbal: GNC cherry tablets

Things I've tried - Alternative medicine: GNC cherry tablets

Body areas affected: usually big toe, sometimes other parts of foot (ball), recently heel

Any tophi present:

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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Copy and paste this "template" into your reply and then just fill in what applies to you. It doesn't matter if you're wordy or concise, just please answer as many questions as you can. I think it would especially be helpful for new team members to be able to quickly compare their experiences with others struggling with gout.

I'd like to keep this particular topic rather bare bones, so please try to keep chatty replies here to a minimum (other than asking for clarification on an item). The whole rest of the forum is wide open for chat and interaction. I'm thinking that this should be more like a database.

My approximate age and weight at the first occurrence:

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Initial treatment methods:

How many flareups since the first occurrence:

Pain levels are typically:

My Suspected triggers:

My Known triggers:

Things I've tried - Dietary:

Things I've tried - Herbal:

Things I've tried - Alternative medicine:

Body areas affected:

What has worked best for me:

My typical diet is (Spark diet, low fat/low cal, WW, low carb, vegetarian, vegan, etc.):

My typical exercise or activity level is (sedentary, athletic, moderate, runner, lifter, etc.):

What I'm most interested in getting by joining this team: (latest research information, SparkFriend support, diet and activity ideas, etc.)

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Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 3/2/2012 (21:01)
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~ Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting and
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