October 28, 2016 at 9:18 am #2186
Hello…I have been watching this site for months now and have gained some good knowledge about my condition with Gout.
I have been a sufferer for years and have been under care from a Rheumatologist for months now. My regular Doctor referred me to the specialist.
I have my Uric acid level down to 5 now but continued to be crippled 2-3 weeks out of each month, I’m on 400mg of Allopurinol and have Celebrex and Colcrys for flair ups.
I am 60-year-old male married with a couple young adult children still in the roost. I’ve stopped eating shellfish, and beef but kept getting flare ups taking about 4 days to 2 weeks to heal. Two or so weeks ago after having an MRI on my knee cause of the extreme pain, I was told it was gout.
Enough…the only thing I hadn’t totally given up was alcohol, no more alcohol for me. I’m testing the waters right now to see it that will end the grief..so far so good.
I’m just wondering if I will ever be able to enjoy any beef again?? Looking for some tips if I can have any beef ever again..any help would be great!
October 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm #2190
PatrickParticipantŦallars: Ŧ 106.86Rank: Scholar
The answer is yes. You are 60 years old, and you’ve probably had Gout for more years than you think. I hazard a guess that it has been more than 20 years, but you only “started” getting flare ups a few years ago because your Uric Acid hit the threshhold.
As Keith and others will tell you, undoing over 20 years of Uric Acid build up, even with 400mgs of Allopurinol is going to take time. And by time, I mean years. Keith has the formula, but it’s going to take awhile. I’m 48 years old, and up until 5 years ago, my Uric Acid was above 8.6. I just had my 3 month blood work done last week and I’m down to 4.6, so the last 3 blood tests have been—4.8, 4.7, and 4.6. But guess what? I still occasionally get a flare up. I manage it just like you do. Hit it with Allopurinol, Colchicine, and a Prednisone pack and within a day it’s gone.
I eat beef occasionally. I drink a few beers, occasionally. I eat fish and shrimp, occasionally. See what I’m saying? Manage your Uric Acid the right way like you are doing, brother. Keep it below 5, like your doing. Treat yourself occasionally, but be vigilant. It’s going to take a long while to lose all Uric Acid and years of damage. But it sounds like you are on the right track, buddy.
Also, go out and exercise if possible and get your blood tested quarterly.
October 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm #2192
Keith TaylorKeymasterŦallars: Ŧ 1142.19Rank: Scholar
Again, I can’t add much to Patrick’s advice.
Bob, please post your uric acid numbers. Then I can be happy with sharing safe beef recipes. 🙂
November 25, 2016 at 3:17 am #2273
Gout PatientParticipantŦallars: Ŧ 1.46Rank: Carer
28 yrs. old and has had gout 2 yrs. His last test levels were at 6.0 but has been as high as 9.. He takes alipurinol daily 400mg. and when he has acute spells takes colcrys. The affected sites are mostly in his knees. It is because of his diet as he has always been a huge meat eater. Mostly chicken, lean pork and occassionaly beef. Eats a few different veggies, but it is impossible to make him eat less proteins and more veggies. He has reduced caffeine and high fructose corn syrup. Any helpful advice would be appreciated.
November 28, 2016 at 9:33 am #2282
Keith TaylorKeymasterŦallars: Ŧ 1142.19Rank: Scholar
It’s good that your son’s uric acid has fallen to 6. But, getting to 5 would be safer.
Reducing dead animal flesh will help with that. But, that’s not my main concern. Your son is well within the maximum dose of allopurinol. So, increasing to 500 or 600mg per day is an option. In this regard, gout is easy to manage. But other serious diseases are not so easy to prevent.
Every health authority that I have ever read warns against too much meat. Heart disease, stroke, and cancer rates are consistently reported as being higher when we eat too much meat.
It’s hard to change the habits of a lifetime. But, slow gradual changes are often very successful. For example, I started adding increased amounts of vegetables to casseroles, ground meat dishes, etc. I also gradually introduced tasty vegetarian meals. Personally, I love macaroni cheese, and spicy Indian vegetable dishes. Everyone has their own plant-based favorites that should be encouraged.
I also realized that improvement is easier when you review your shopping before checkout. This is easiest with online shopping. Each week, change a meat item for a plant item. If that change is too rapid, try once a month.
It takes time. But, slow progress brings lasting results.
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