Yes, mushrooms is one of the trigger foods for me also, as is asparagus, spinach, peas, dried beans, etc. My food sheet from the doctor allows me 2 ounces of meat when my gout is NOT flaring up. During a flare-up I am allowed no meat at all and Dr. says the very worst meat, because it is highest in purines which convert to uric acid, is turkey. The foods I cannot eat because of the genetic form of arthritic gout I inherited from my father are the very foods I relied on for controlling my diabetes and weight loss.
Mushrooms? Who knew? I am so glad that your change in food choices are working so well for you. My sodium intake is usually fine. I am working on my added sugar intake...changed from shredded wheat minis ti Cheerios and looking at high natural sugar too.
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@KEEPGOINGGIRL2 - I don't know if your problem has been resolved or not, but here goes. I also suffer from gout. After about 5 episodes of gout, lasting anywhere from 5-78 days, I decided that I should get more exercise. But first, I had to upgrade my walking shoes. I went the route of getting fitted at an athletic shoe store. I found out during the fitting that my feet are different sizes with one requiring a wide shoe, but also a 1/2 size shorter than the other. I got Dr. Scholl's pad inserts for the newly fit shoes to correct a falling arch, and figured I had the gout beaten. I found out differently, when the next month I had a recurring gout episode. So I did some internet searching for causes and possible corrections I could apply. As you probably know, gout is the result of a buildup of uric acid around the joints, and may not be limited to one joint. In my case, I was able to determine that my diet was the major culprit of the uric acid buildup, primarily from meat, fish, and poultry, one or the other of which I generally ate twice a day. In addition, on the 2 days immediately preceding the episode, my sodium intake was well above what it should be. This was about 3 months ago; I've had no episodes since. My daughter, a nurse living on the other side of the country, told me that I should also drastically reduce mushrooms in my diet, and no longer use salt. I now have lowered my daily intake of meat, poultry and fish to about 5 oz, and only have mushrooms as a small ingredient in gravies and sauces. I hope this information helps.
I have found the YMCA. Our local one has a heated pool with classes featuring arthritis foundation exercises. What a blessing this has been for my exercise routine. I usually go 5 days a week. the warm pool is inviting. The community is reassuring. My feet do not even feel pain.
I have been fighting foot pain with rheumatoid arthritis flares. I have researched what foods help with inflammation. Now my husband hears me say,,,this is an arthritis recipe, like lemon chicken, pumpkin ginger muffins, spinach shake etc. When showering, I plug the drain, add epson salts to soothe my feet. I recently stated using Emu Blu cream available at Walgreens...for pain relief. I hope you are feeling better.
I have gout in the ankles and heels of both feet so I know how painful gout is. If you go to a foot doctor (podiatrist) they can order diabetic shoes for you though they will be quite expensive unless prescribed by a doctor and covered by your insurance. I was wearing size 9-1/2 W shoes for years, but since going to the podiatrist I have learned that I take size 7-1/2 double wide. So I recommend you go to a podiatrist and have your feet measured to see just what size and width you need. Your feet will thank you.
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