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Both celery seed and black cherries are said to help with flare ups. I actually took black cherry concentrate with some success before being prescribed allopurinol.
As for sodas, in February of 2008 Science Daily reported a study involving 46,000 men aged 40 and over with no prior history of gout. They said;
"The risk of gout increased with increasing intake of sugar sweetened soft drinks. The risk was significantly increased with an intake level of 5-6 servings per week and the risk was 85% higher among men who consumed two or more servings of sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day compared to those who consumed less than one serving per month."
They said that they found no association between diet soft drinks and gout. I believe the test was of sugar sweetened soft drinks, and diet soft drinks were not studied. But most soft drinks are diuretics, so you do the math. I avoid them.
You can find the Science Daily article here.
And there's a very good article on other dangers of consuming soft drinks here.
I can sometimes not be good about drinking enough water. And usually when you have one you are predisposed to get more. A couple things I wanted to tell you about is taking fish oil, borage oil and aloe vera capsules. Fish oil is good for overall health but has very good benefits for auto immune disease suffers. Borage oil helps with inflammation. And Aloe Vera is on of God's miracle plants it helps with inflammation, infection, autoimmune system, and also helps balance the ph levels in the body. I have been taking it for about 4.5 months now and I have a definite decrease in pain in many areas of my body. I didn't take it for about a month along with some other vitamins because we couldn't afford them. Stopping many of vitamins is what I think lead to this gout attack that has been sooo severe that they have finally figured out that it something different than just my MS.
Also wanted to ask you. Should we avoid soda. I know soda can make your body more acidic based but I wasn't sure if directly correlated to the uric acid levels. Well anyways I have to go. Cleaning is calling and as painful as things have been lately, I am going to be moving super slow. Hope you have a good holiday!!!!!
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.
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)
I was just diagnosed with gout. I also have Multiple Sclerosis so since I am so used to pain it took awhile for me to even tell the doctor about it because I thought it was MS related. I have read a few articles that say that being on diuretics and immune suppressing drugs can contribute to developing gout. Another article I read suggested that gout could possibly be a form of an autoimmune disease. Just wondering if anyone had some thoughts or information about this. It is strange because I am not in the traditional group that gets it. I am a 29 year-old female. Thanks for "listening".