hey there – so, while I’ve never had my gout diagnosis confirmed, I’m somehow confident that I’ve had flares over the last 10-12 years. I’ve always been able to correlate the “events” with heavy drinking and binge eating of many high purine foods. this time (10 days ago) was no different in that I traveled a couple times over a 10 day period and ate terribly and drank a lot of alcohol.
I was traveling as my foot exploded in pain (and swelling) over a 2 day period that involved lobster and massive cocktails and I didn’t know what to do. I iced it for the next 5 days (apparently a bad idea?) and also began the herbal route with celery extract, black cherry juice, magnesium, and fish oil. immediately upon returning home, I went to the doctor and had my blood tested and had him look at my foot.
as somewhat suggested on this site, my doctor wasn’t sufficiently knowledgeable to confirm my self-diagnosis and was confused when my blood came back with a 5.9 uric acid level. fortunately, he still wrote a colchisine prescription which had a fairly significant positive impact within 2-3 days. it’s now been 5 days and the swelling and pain have subsided somewhat but I still can’t get a shoe on.
I’ve started taking allopurinol on a daily basis and I’m going back to have my blood tested again this week. I’m watching my diet, I haven’t had a drink in a week, and I’m still taking the herbs mentioned above. I really need to get this all the way gone and keep it gone: so here’s my question: now what?