Hi, Destiny! I'm actually more of a "research assistant" than anything. I myself don't have gout, but started looking into the literature to help find some answers for Russell38, who's also on another team that I'm on.
The internet is filled with references to gout and they fall into some obvious classifications. A lot of them spout "the party line" about causes and triggers. The truth is, gout became a very low priority research subject once allopurinol was developed to offer. It seems to be ramping up again lately because the incidence is on the rise along with all the other bugaboos of metabolic syndrome: obesity, heart disease, type 2, Alzheimer's, etc.
The biggest red herring seems to be the actual blood levels of uric acid. There is not a clear correlation between having a high level in your blood, and actually having gout.
What makes it fiendishly difficult to sort out is that, first, the root "cause" is not necessarily the "trigger" of any individual flare. People seem to have all kinds of triggers (meat, shellfish, soda, dairy) and identifying them is probably the first line of defense. Do you have a clear idea of what has set off his symptoms?
Now, finding and naming the root cause of gout is probably not going to happen in the forseeable future, but it is almost certainly the same thing that drives the "obesity epidemic." Does your DH have any of the metabolic syndrome problems?
Challenge 1: Add activity at home to my must-do list.
Challenge 2: Bedtime is now going to be 11:30.
Challenge 3: Leave work on time. It'll all be there in the morning. Whatevs.
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