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Welcome Russell (and thanks Woubbie!) I added you as a friend, and responded to your posting on the fructose thread before I saw this. Now on to some of the points you raise:
1. Gout is a well-researched blood disorder, one is one that affects people differently. For example, while sugar (I do not drink regular soda but love fruit) is a tangential trigger for me, cheese will bring on an attack like clockwork.
2. Gout flares can occur in quick succession. The underlying conditions (excess uric acid and a high blood sedimentation rate) can (and probably do for you) simmer just below the surface of detectability.
3. Remedies, both herbal, over-the-counter and prescription, seem to work more for some than for others - and the same work not as well for some as for others.
4. In your shoes (no pun intended), I would have a $350 check in my pocket from that scoundrel of a podiatrist, trust me.
"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)
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!
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 is rare enough for me to drink pop, that I noticed. I was cheating about every 10-14 days, and flare-ups followed like clockwork. So since mid February, almost 3 weeks, no cheats, and eating low carb... NO FLARE-UPS. I hope this continues, or at least they become more rare.
I kept reading I might get a flare-up every 6 months, and was wondering if I was just getting them more often than everyone else, but it seems a lot of people are getting them one after the other. I hope to learn more about gout, and be of help to others if I can.
My diabetes is under control with low carb, and I believe it will help with gout also( by cutting out sugar ). My basic belief is that our current nutrition causes a lot of these diseases( diabetes, gout, hypertension, high cholesterol), and reversing the diet, will reverse the diseases.My cholesterol is down to 125, my BP was 104/61, and my last A1C was 5.5 with no meds. Now I need to manage my gout, and cutting sugar seems to be working.. time will tell
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