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Most Interesting Gout Discussions Index is a list of Gout Forum discussions that attract the most interest. Often referred to as favorite gout topics. Note that I maintain a similar list of favorite gout information at Most Interesting Gout Facts.

Most Interesting Gout Discussions Index

These are currently the most interesting gout discussions. So they cover topics that interest the most gout sufferers this week.

That means that the list is always changing. Because I limit this list to the top twenty or less. However, I also add interesting discussions to Most Helpful Gout Forum where they stay until they stop being interesting.

Most Interesting Gout Discussions List

  1. Is this really gout?
    November 28, 2020Is this really gout?

    I was diagnosed with gout about a year and a half ago, but have experienced consistent on going pain for a long period prior. It’s been getting worse over time and has really started to take a massive toll on my mental well being and ability to function. I now walk with a permanent limp that shifts in severity. Despite massive changes to my diet, the pain virtually never stops unless I stay off my feet for the majority of a day and then it comes right back again once I move around again. It gets increasingly bad over ...

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  2. Can gout be healed without meds
    November 27, 2020Can gout be healed without meds

    I have gout. It really sucks and has gotten progressively worse over the years. It started when I was 23 and now I’m 35. I have always rejected the idea of being in long term medication but I’m coming to a cross roads where I need to do something or I will be severely limited in what I can do in life. My question is can gout be healed without meds and eating a healthy diet? I’m not really over weight but I could lose a few pounds, clean up my diet, quit drinking alcohol completely, and get series ...

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  3. Alcohol abstinence and Gout Flares
    November 26, 2020Alcohol abstinence and Gout Flares

    I have been a heavier drinker than I should be for years which is how I originally discovered my gout. I recently took a break from drinking(I have abstained for 20 days). A few weeks prior to that I increased my Allopurinol from 50 mg to 100 mg per doctors suggestion. Since I quit drinking I have had 3 different Gout attacks after not having any for several months prior. I have been exercising, I have been eating healthier, I have abstained from drinking and suffering from more gout problems. Does anyone have any insight on this as ...

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  4. 18 months of Allopurinol, somebody help me!
    November 25, 202018 months of Allopurinol, somebody help me!

    Hi there, let me start off by saying my thanks to Keith Taylor and this website for convincing me to finally get on allopurinol after some 15 years of awful suffering and flare ups. Now, the downside. 48 years old, have been taking prescribed allopurinol since Nov.11/2015. Started at 300 mgs daily. Upped dosage about this time last year due to a fairly severe albeit short flare up of 2 days. Went to 400 mg daily in July ’16. By January ’17 I upped my dosage to 600 mg daily as I had a long, nagging flare up, not severe, ...

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  5. Allopurinol Drug – Is it Safe to take for Life?
    November 24, 2020Allopurinol Drug - Is it Safe to take for Life?

    As I attempted to answer a question about allopurinol vacations today, I referred to Is Allopurinol A Lifetime Drug. I believe this is an important principle for Gout Seekers. Because many gout sufferers veer away from uric acid therapy. I’ve had this myself. In the prime of your life, you see the specter of lifelong medication. Pictures of Grandad and his daily ritual of pills make you run for the hills. Of course, that’s ridiculous when you stop to analyze it. But, I still remember the same fear of having to wear spectacles for life when I was a boy. These ...

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  6. First gout attack, wondering do I need meds
    November 24, 2020First gout attack, wondering do I need meds

    Got my first gout attack about 8 weeks ago – my left thumb was swollen and painful and was not able to move it. Took ibuprofen and next day was more or less ok. Now 8 weeks later the thumb is still a bit painful and it and it gets worse when walking longer distances. Got to doctor several weeks later when COVID-19 restrictions was a bit reduced. Blood tests where ok (Uric acid 402 (270-470)). But x-ray showed “initial signs of osteoarthritis”. After rheumatologist visit got diagnosis “gout, gouty arthritis” – confirmed by USG (some tophi around the joint ...

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  7. Stopped drinking beer, good gout diet, but foot swollen
    November 1, 2020Stopped drinking beer, good gout diet, but foot swollen

    Stopped drinking beer, now eating and drinking all the right things swollen foot Hi all I’ve had gout on and off for many years, moved to a warmer climate and it kicked off again with my left foot being swollen and red on the side and very painful. My Wife laughs now because I like my beer daily. I have now stopped for 5 days, cut out red meat, fish, cheese and replaced diet with loads of water, chicken, rice, cherry juice, eggs, bananas etc. The things I read are good for me. Now my left foot is swollen again and going ...

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  8. Joint stiffness with Allopurinol
    September 15, 2020Joint stiffness with Allopurinol

    Hi everyone, My doctor switched me from Febuxostat to Allopurinol since I started experiencing insomnia when I took febuxostat for 1 month. I started Allopurinol just yesterday and I had very stiff left shoulder and elbow joints on my left side when I woke up today. I just ignored it and took the dose today but as the day progressed my right shoulder and elbow joints also got quite stiff and it seems that my stiffness is affecting my spine also now. from what I read many people take allopurinol for long term without any serious side effects but I ...

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  9. 7+ weeks Gout Flare keeps me in Bed
    August 8, 20207+ weeks Gout Flare keeps me in Bed

    Hey ladies and gentlemen. I’ve had a very bad gout flare up since May 25th and I have been stuck in bed since. Being bed bound, I lost all my muscles on my legs. I went to the ER on June 1st, and the doctors just gave me a prescription for naproxen which I already have. I was hoping the doctor would write me a prescription for some colchicine. But because I’m on medi-cal, the doctors treat me like crap. I have been taking illegal prednisone shipped from Mexico. But it only masks the problem. I took prednisone for a ...

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  10. Fear of allopurinol side effects
    August 7, 2020Fear of allopurinol side effects

    I am 51 with a 4-year history of Gout. I have 2-3 attacks per year mostly precipitated by eating a lot of fructose or being sick. Most are minor lasting 1 day. Uric acid runs between 7.5 and 10. Doctor suggested Allopurinol, I am hesitant after reading all side effects. But I am concerned with long term effects of gout like kidneys.

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  11. Gout thumb and celebrex
    August 2, 2020Gout thumb and celebrex

    I’ve experienced gout in my big toe several times but suddenly last night my thumb started hurting. I thought I might have strained it working in the yard. I’m 61 so I get wear and tear pains all the time, but this went from zero to can’t hold anything in about two hours. I realized it was just like the pain during my toe attacks. 3 OTC strength ibuprophen did nothing. My wife has a generic celebrex perscription so I took one 100mg capsule. Significant pain reduction in a couple of hours. Felt pretty good this morning, but could ...

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  12. Gout Relief from Baking Soda
    July 31, 2020Gout Relief from Baking Soda

    As I have gotten older, I develop more indigestion and started taking an old remedy of baking soda in water, about 1 tsp to 6 ounces. This works wonders when lying down for the night. As I developed gout, right big toe, I stumbled onto the miracle that my gout pain subsided when I took the baking soda for my indigestion. I don’t even need to see the doctor anymore for this. I have not suffered in a couple of years now, and I just know it’s the maintenance ...

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  13. Allopurinol and beer
    July 26, 2020Allopurinol and beer

    Hello, I just went through my worst gout attack ever. My knee got so inflamed that I actually had to go to the emergency room to get 60 cc of joint fluid drained. The doctor had me on Prednisone for a few weeks, and now I’ve been on Colchicine for a week. He just filled a 100 mg prescription of Allopurinol that I’m going to start tonight. During this time I haven’t had any alcohol, coffee or sugary drinks. Also, I’ve done my best to avoid any sugary sweets (candy). It has been over a month, and I ...

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  14. Allopurinol itching and skin rash
    July 25, 2020Allopurinol itching and skin rash

    I don’t know if its coincidence or not. I started on the colgout tablet then the allopurinol tablet. 100 mg for a week 200 mg for a week and 300 mg. Then dropped off the colgout. I developed a small rash below my belly button. I used caneston cream as I can get a heat rash in this warm weather and with been a cleaner am prone to heat rashes. I have been off the tablets now for 5 days. Went to doctor yesterday I am back on colgout for 2 weeks then will start the allopurinol again to see if that ...

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  15. Confusing Uric Acid Levels
    July 24, 2020Confusing Uric Acid Levels

    Hi, I’m a first time gout sufferer and as of right now am totally confused by my Uric Acid results. I had a physical last Aug and normal results (5.8) and that was the day after a VERY heavy drinking weekend. Below is what has me confused. Aug 28: 5.8 (Physical done the day after the Mayweather fight and I literally had 1/2 bottle of whiskey and 1/2 bottle of vodka and god knows how many wings) June 18: 6.1 (This was DURING my first Gout Attack and had to get a shot in my toe. Hadn’t drank for 2 ...

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  16. Fasting, Uric Acid, and Allopurinol
    July 23, 2020Fasting, Uric Acid, and Allopurinol

    Hi there I know that patients with gout or those predisposed to gout are advised against fasting due to the raising of uric acid. However does it mean fasting as in total fasting so in other words abstaining from food completely? How would this affect somebody who did a juice fast for a couple of days as obviously you are still taking in calories and nutrients? I want to embark on this for just a few days for personal reasons and I am just checking whether I would be putting myself at risk? My total calories would be around 1050. Currently ...

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  17. First Gout Attack! What can I eat?
    July 23, 2020First Gout Attack! What can I eat?

    I am a very active 52 year-old woman of normal weight who had a gout attack on Monday night, July 29, 2019. I have taken nothing prescribed (Colchicine 0.6 mg cap and Indomethacin 25 mg caps) as I have been too afraid of the drugs. My biggest question is, am I harming myself by not using these medications? Is it too late to take them now, 20 days later, if that is what’s best? The attack hit in my big toe. Not knowing what it was and assuming I had “slept on it wrong,” ...

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