Reply To: Serious gout pain in foot

Keith Taylor

Ouch Chris!

That ‘Ouch’ is for your pain, but also terrible memories of a similar situation I had with a friend.

Now, I am not saying this is your situation, but I’ve experienced it first hand, so it’s the first thing I think of. It’s a few years ago, but the memory remains raw.

My friend, in his 80s, was a wonderful man. Life and soul of our social club. Happy father and grandfather. Enjoying being a great-grandfather after a lifetime of hard work and happy retirement. I never realized he was a gout sufferer, as he never complained. Towards the end of his life, his gout got worse. It kept him at home when he didn’t want to be. When I heard it was gout, I thought I needed to offer some advice. I was appalled at his story as he told me how his doctor neglected to follow-up uric acid tests. An administrator had reduced his allopurinol dose on some ridiculous grounds. He thought he was doing everything right because he never failed to take his daily allopurinol.

I can’t remember the exact numbers, but I can remember that his allopurinol dose was too little to make uric acid safe. I’ll never forget his tears during that conversation.

So, I hope I’m not being melodramatic, Chris. But, this is important to me.

What is your uric acid level?

Do you get annual blood tests for uric acid, kidney function, and liver function?