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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. First gout attack, wondering do I need meds
    July 22, 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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  12. Uric Acid and Back Pain
    July 21, 2020Uric Acid and Back Pain

    Following Joanne’s comment on Uric Acid Back Pain: The Heavy Load Of Gout, that page is now flagged for review. Joanne says: Back Pain Lower back pain feels like a large lump at base of my spine and a lump on top of my spine .. got high levels of uric acid in my blood … had both knees replaced due to osteo atheritis any my doctor says i have gout ..but hands and feet ok .no pain Have you ever had back pain with high uric acid levels? ❓ Did you get diagnosed with gout, osteoarthritis, or a different form of arthritis? ❓

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  13. Why I had a Gout Attack after the previous one ?
    July 20, 2020Why I had a Gout Attack after the previous one ?

    Hi everybody ! I would like to ask this question. I had a painful gout attack 2 weeks ago and yesterday I was almost cured again. I began to drink water, a lot. I began to take C Vitamin, Magnesium, a lot of vegetables, sodium bicarbonate, etc… I believed an alkaline protocol would cure my pain quickly. In fact, I had in the past pain for 30 days and I was feeling really good this time after two weeks. But today I had a terrible pain again. And again, I don’t know why. I am eating a lot of vegetables, ...

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  14. Found the Gout Flare offender – Lager
    July 19, 2020Found the Gout Flare offender - Lager

    The following might be of some interest to gout sufferers. I had suffered from severe gout attacks for many years in different parts of the world, always ending up in hospital and a wheelchair. I was already on a small dose of Allopurinol. So doctor raised the dose to 300 mg, but the problem persisted. Tried all the remedies i.e. cherry juice, no red meat or shellfish. But still the gout reared its ugly head. Was it the long haul flights was the question? So tried a two hour flight and still another six days confined to hotel. Was ...

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  15. Aching Gouty Toe despite Allopurinol
    July 17, 2020Aching Gouty Toe despite Allopurinol

    Uric Acid dissolving crystals pain identification when happening I have been taking 200 mg of Allopurinol for 18 months now, and with my recent 5.5 Uric acid reading, feel like things are pretty good. Within the last 2 days, after walking, exercising my big toe intermittently started to ache a bit. My question is if what I am feeling is the breakdown of the UA crystals? The toe was greatly swollen from my initial gout attack and has never full gone down to normal size. I do have an appointment next week with a podiatrist, not a rheumatologist as ...

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  16. Gout, uric acid and cherries
    July 16, 2020Gout, uric acid and cherries

    I want to do a little research project with myself and a few others to see if our uric acid levels go down with taking tart cherries. In your opinion when do you think would be the best time to take an accurate uric acid reading. In the morning before food? I will test one group who is taking cherries with the other who is not. Also, which uric acid test reader would you suggest? thanks

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  17. Stopped drinking beer, good gout diet, but foot swollen
    July 15, 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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  18. Gout Attack Severity and Duration with Epsom Salt
    July 14, 2020Gout Attack Severity and Duration with Epsom Salt

    Hello, good to see these boards have become very active recently. So much information flying about, poor doctors have to deal with our extensive knowledge when they see us now 🙂 One thing I’d like to ask the community is gout flare period and severity. I started 100 mg of allopurinol in mid December which dropped UA levels from 600 to 555, in mid January my rheumatologist increased this to 200mgs and in mid March UA dropped to 388. He then increased the dose to 300mgs and one week later I got (and still have) a really painful gout flare. ...

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  19. Gout flares at a low urate level – How long?
    July 1, 2020Gout flares at a low urate level - How long?

    Much of what I have read here reinforces my own experiences. I have my own blood urate level tester which seems to be reasonably accurate (+/- 20%) when compared with hospital analyses. I had suffered little gout over a year and was careless about regularly taking allopurinol. After a nasty flare-up, I found my urate level was around 7.5 mg/dl. My allopurinol dose was increased from 200 mg to 400 mg/day. In 3 months the urate level was down to 5 mg/dl and has fallen a little further since. However, I have recently had some severe and painful flare-ups. My ...

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