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Gout Patient Discussions May 5, 2018Gout Patient Group imageThese are old discussions from the gout patients group. As discussions get old, we collect interesting points from those discussions here. You can reply to them if you wish. However, it is better to start a new gout forum topic. As this topic is getting quite long now, here are some links to popular replies: alluprinol. feburic 80, feburic ...

Feburic, gout and protein powder questions April 5, 2018Feburic-20-40-80 photoThis is going to be a long post. So please bear with me. I am a 29 year old male from India. I have recently been diagnosed with elevated uric acid levels in my body. I am an eggitarian(eat about 2 eggs per week) and I take protein supplement everyday(1 serving of Protinex - about 9g of protein per day) and it is SoyProtein. I doubled my protein intake for 3 months last year(about 24g of protein per day) because I felt weak and I had protein deficiency previously. In early January 2017 I noticed pain in my toes during the night when I tried to sleep. I noticed that everytime I had an omlett afterwards the pain seemed to return. And it started happening more frequently later on. On the pain scale I would say a pain of about 6 for 10 mins. Usually it went away on it's own after sometime. But since the frequency increased I knew that my excessive Protein intake might be a culprit and I visited a doctor on Feb 20th, 2017 and the Uric acid blood test showed 7 mg/dl. I was told that my Uric acid levels are higher than normal and I have to take medication for that. I was put on feburic 40 mg for 6 weeks. I asked my doctor if I can continue taking Protein supplement and he said that it could be taken without any issues. Now I reduced my dosage 6-7g of Protein per day. And on April 1st,2017 I had my second Uric Acid test and the result showed 4.0 mg/dl. I was happy with the Uric Acid level reduced to an extent but my doctor said that I have to continue for another 2 months and he was anticipating my Uric Acid to be less than 2.0 mg/dl with the dosage prescribed. However I had a lot of issues when I was taking the feburic 40 mg medication - suffered from sleeplessness throughout my dosage and initially for the first week I suffered shortness of breath as well. Because of these effects I wasn't able to concentrate on work and had to stay home for 3 weeks. I have a few questions on the Uric Acid level.

Paradoxical Results – Febuxostat April 5, 2018Blueberries and Gout photo@nobody - hope your well. Being on Febuxostat longer then me your experience may help. My blood results have come back and the hemoglobin has recovered slightly so things seem 'reasonably stable'. The one result that baffled me and the rheumatologist for that matter is the uric acid level climbed up to 512ummol which is almost as much as it was when I was taking 20mgs. So going by the numbers we have: 20mgs - 514ummol 30mgs - 491ummol 40mgs - 487ummol (blood test mid Jan) 40mgs - 512ummol (blood test end Jan)

Gout Triggers: What Triggers my Gout Attacks? March 29, 2018Gout Triggers photoHey Keith et al., do we know of a list of potential triggers? I’ve been so careful about eating and brought my uric acid down to 4.9 (from 6.4) within 6 weeks. Now it’s been 8 weeks and I was awake with the pain I originally had 8 weeks ago. All I can think of that ...

Naturopathy and Gout. Will vegetarian diet help? March 29, 2018Gout Foodie Group imageI was an ambitious/sensitive/hardworking/anxiety prone/perfection seeking individual. All these lead to chronic health issues high blood pressure and diabetes by 30 (10 years back). on medications for few years also ended up having cholesterol and thyroid problems. so decided to go for naturopathy instead of standard medicines. I first had my gout attack in 2007. Until last year(June 2016), I used to have occasional gout attacks 1/2 or max 3 times a year. Till date, maximum reading of uric acid is 7.3(Over 50+ tests in 10 years). Due to some stresses, attacks became frequent, once a month kind of from June 2016 until April/May 2017. I could not tolerate and went to my doctor and he suggested allopurinol/febuxostat. I was somehow not keen on using the medicine as I already had enough. Started with Naturopathy treatment from September 2017... sprouts+fruits as breakfast and low cal veg food with 0 salt, 0 oil. All my problems were vanishing and I am not on medication for bp, diabetes, and cholesterol. Then the twist happened. I ate chicken (roughly 100 gm with very less oil/salt). Exactly a week later, had an attack. 2 weeks later, ate some river fish (probably 250 gm cooked in very less oil/salt and the one not associated with high uric acid) and a week later had another attack. Then I stopped eating Non-vegetarian totally.

Painful feet! Is it Gouty Arthritis? March 29, 2018Does gout make your feet sore like running a marathon? Painful feet and gout. I’m not sure if I have gout but I know I cannot continue in pain any longer. I have painful feet – it feels like I’ve got broken glass inside my feet – its the tops of my feet and toes as well as my ankles that hurt when ...

Gout Seeker Archive March 29, 2018GoutPal Gout Seeker imageThese are old posts from the Gout Seeker Discussions. For an explanation of GoutPal Gout Seekers, please see Plan for Gout Seekers. As discussions get old, we collect interesting points from those discussions here. You can reply to them if you wish. However, it is better to start a new gout forum topic. I show as the ...

Gout with normal uric acid levels? March 29, 2018Why do you buy a Uric Acid Meter?I’m new to this forum. I was diagnosed with gout in 2014 by a podiatrist after getting an x-ray during what appeared to be an acute gout attack. The pain in my big toe was so intense I was unable to walk without crutches for a couple of weeks even on painkillers. ...

Where is Benecheck Uric Acid meter Support? March 29, 2018BeneCheck Uric Acid Test StripI recently purchased a BeneCheck meter. I haven’t received it yet but I am wondering where I can buy additional uric acid test strips. I live in Arizona near Tucson. Internet searches came up short for US distributors.


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