It's really good to have you in this group. I'm hoping we can get more people in here sharing their experiences, so that we can all benefit. I'm really sorry that you have to deal with pain so often and so intense that you didn't even know you had gout. It is said to be one of the most painful kinds of arthritis. From my own experiences I hope so, my flare ups are quite often crippling. I'd hate to think people have to deal with a great deal more pain than that.
Diuretics will definitely cause flare ups, so will being dehydrated. You are losing fluid but that fluid isn't taking off the uric acid. I don't know about immune suppressing drugs, but I have also read that it was an autoimmune disease. As for you not fitting the traditional group. I have heard of one young man, 17 years old, very thin, that suffered from the disease. Also you can have low uric acid levels and still suffer from flare ups.
My doctor put me on allopurinol, he told me that even with the perfect diet it was hard to control flare ups. I've been eating right, and taking allopurinol for 4 months, and I still have flare ups, though, they haven't been crippling , just aggravating.
Sparkpeople has a good Health A-Z topic on Gout. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_a-z_de
Again, welcome to the group, and thanks for adding me as a friend. I added you as well, maybe we can help each other.
Edited by: DWHENNIGAN at: 7/2/2011 (10:19)
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