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.
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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.
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