I'm not being treated for any of the other ailments, but as my last doctor said, I'm borderline for a couple of them. Blood pressure is a little high, showing signs of Type 2. Since then I've lost a bit of weight (maybe 30lbs), also moved to a new city, so need to find a new doc and have another physical to see if that helped anything. The drug store blood pressure meters are usually giving me good news if that means anything
Well, it appears that you already know the single most important piece of advice about health, wellness, gout flare prevention, and life itself: "Keep your stick on the ice!" (I just LURVE Red Green!!)
In all seriousness, that's actually a good bit of advice if you take it to mean:
~ Be ready for anything cause the puck comes at you fast (in Sparkville here, that translates to plan ahead). ~ Keep it simple (don't make rules you can't stick to). ~ Remember the basics (losing the weight is the key, even though thin folks do get flares too).
Hopefully Russell will check in here in the next day or so as well and add his 2 cents. We've also had another couple of folks join the team recently.
Not to be too much of a nebbish but do you have other related health conditions? High blood pressure, type 2, etc? Gout is one of the ailments that comes as part of the "Metabolic Syndrome" package deal.
Greetings Saskatchewan Dave. I've had periodic gout attacks for most of the last decade. Even when between attacks, often it does not seem all-the-way gone so much as just in the background. One bad meal choice can bring it back. My observations:
1. Weight is a risk factor for me. I was more susceptible when I weighed more. I tend to get fewer attacks, and of diminished severity, when I lose weight.
2. Being dehydrated can greatly increase both the likelihood and severity. Cherries help (I did GNC cherry capsules for a few years - lately I have better luck with mixing liquid cherry concentrate into Sparky water.
3. Beer and red meat both can be triggers, if one has them in excess. More me, even more so, it's cheese. Not all kinds, but the specific pattern remains elusive. Cheeses I like more put me more at risk.
4. You are right; Woubbie is a tremendous resource to us all.
5. Nothing seems the definitive trigger or the definitive cure. In part, I believe gout susceptibility is genetic. Like those ads for Lipitor...
"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)
Hey, Pappaburgs, and welcome. We all have different degrees of severity and different triggers. Mine seems to be red meat. I'm pretty sure I am always well hydrated, I drink tons of water. The common help is cherries. They are in season now, so I eat a handful every day, until now it was dried cherries. Have you tried them? Woubbie has a lot more information about gout, its causes and cures, and I'msure you'll be hearing from her. Until then, drink your water! Pauline
Hi all, I finally joined this group, I think I went though this page a few times, but never clicked the join button. My name is Dave and I'm 33 years old from Saskatchewan, Canada. Been fighting with gout for close to 10 years. Just getting over a particularly severe attack, well fingers crossed that I'm getting over it. When people ask me about when I get gout I usually sum it up with lack of hydration. A few years ago I outlined my triggers and most of them were diuretics. Beer and coffee were the top of the list. I have noticed processed food (fast food burger and fries for instance) seems to make me feel a little gouty, but those are times I'm usually low on water as well. It seems as long as I can keep up on the water I'm ok. Of course being over 300lbs doesn't help either.
I have lost a little bit of weight and started being a little more active and have been pretty good for the last year or two. I look forward to reading tips people have.
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