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I bought the EasyLife meter. Like to know why they don’t make test solution available.
I am continuing to test below 3.0. It just gives me LO reading.
I quit my gout protocol many weeks ago but just take a couple malic acid tablets once a day. I will make it part of a routine. It makes
stomach more acid but blood more alkaline. I’d rather take that than something like ACV. I like that effect so something positive came out of it.
-LO- definitely is a reading below 3.0 mg. That’s what instructions say. I do feel confident the droplet size was big enough. I will make droplet size much bigger the next reads I do. I am becoming more comfortable taking readings.
Any place to get that test control solution. It doesn’t seem to be available any longer on amazon. That would at least validate that the meter is working correctly. Any idea why it is not available.
In the meantime, I am going to a kinesiologist and she seems to have some ideas of what’s causing it.
Got another -LO- reading. I will lower the dose of malic acid and not take supplement that neutralizes enzyme.
So far, the trend is that I don’t have gout which is good. If I get 3 more low readings then I will assume it isn’t an issue.
I took measurement again and uric acid level is -LO- which means below 3 mg. Who knows if that a correct. I’ll take another one on wednesday. I’ll probably have to take 5 measurements to really gauge what is going on with uric acid levels and perfect going through the test process.
I tried drawing the blood again and noticed that I need to exercise my arms a tiny bit with rubber band to get the blood flowing enough.
my thoughts …
if i still maintain low level, i will also need to measure it when I am just eating more normally and not taking supplement to see how much it rises. if it does, i can just experiment from there.
I started doing eccentric exercise for triceps.
I did my first uric acid test with meter. I inserted the test strip
but it took me an hour to figure out how to get that blood and put on
strip. i finally found that the pinky finger provides enough blood. Other fingers just weren’t working. So don’t know if delay effected the test. Tomorrow morning will be real test.
The test result was 244 mmol which is equivalent to 4.1 mg. Maybe I read it wrong. I thought i put switch to left on mg. Tomorrow will be better test.
I notice that control solution for uric acid is no longer available. What’s going on with that. It would be nice to have.
Even if it turns out I didn’t have gout, learning about it is still useful since i am aging. and many people accumulate these crystals with no symptoms. i wouldn’t want them to keep building up in me. it still wouldn’t preclude it either to at least some minor degree either.
keeping an eye on uric acid levels and keeping them at lower levels is useful. since i have compromised immune system, i try to head off problems before they get to a major stage. maybe too much sugar and hfcs likely drives gout more than meat purines drives gout in many people or leads to it.
i did come across a link posting where a lot of people have the bicep problem and they dont know what it is. doctors and surgery were useless. some solved it with some type of stretching/exercise but i have to research that to understand it more. it would explain to some extent how i exercised my other arm to be more functional but i didnt do anything to heal the tricep part. so i will have to study the bicep/tricep aspect on a deeper level for now. things like ultrasound could help. maybe use my tooth brush
i know i dont have frozen shoulder or calcific tendonitis. the cure for that would likely be magnesium. i take magnesium every day for years.
i did find doctors that diagnose pseudogout but appointments with them take months to get so useless. these type of problems outside the box are probably not within that box where they can give useful advice.
You need to handle things in your own life first. You do what you can do.
If I had classic gout, I could diagnose it myself. Going to a doctor for some testing would be easy. If I have atypical gout or whatever, finding a doctor who knows what they are doing is not that easy. There are relatively few doctors who know anything about ME/CFIDS. Even though I had the disease 55+ years, I’d be hard put to recommend any to someone else. In most cases, one needs to travel to find one. Since I have had so many medical conditions, I run across many people who still can’t get a diagnosis or proper treatment even if it is a more familiar condition. So it is just not easy to walk out the door and go to a doctor. Then we get into pseudogout and that complicates things even further. Finding that doctor who thinks outside the box is not easy.
I have had high cholesterol my entire life but I ignore it since I know that it isn’t important but most doctors get brainwashed by the medical schools to think it needs to be lowered. Cholesterol is the body trying to repair itself. I even ignore the high blood pressure warnings outside of kidney function. People have been very seriously damaged by Statins drugs to boot. Even dentists are dangerous.
I’d say most doctors and dentists are sociopaths and they are driven by greed. Others are brainwashed and stick their heads into the sand. On top of that, the powers that be have WEAPONIZED conventional medicine just like they have weaponized the water, food and vaccines. The state medical license board is used to threaten or destroy any doctor who goes against this weaponization. I don’t view visiting a doctor as someone who is going to heal me. The kind of doctors I’d like to visit are deemed alternative so not covered by Medicare. Neither are their tests. I rarely use medicare except for chiropractors but I don’t even need them much anymore. It took me 4 decades before I realized I even had the trigeminal neuralgia because it was atypical and I had to do that on my own. Worse, their treatments would have been barbaric if I let them treat me. Most people live unaware of what is happening around them. The planet is a very dangerous place to get health treatment. I need to be expert at finding a true expert who knows something about something.
I remember reading somewhere that uric acid is highest upon awakening from sleep. My sleep patterns are fairly consistent most of the time. So I will do the test when I wake up before eating. I will take an average and try to eat at same times. I’d like to target a reading between 4 and 5.
My body weight is deceptive. I am 6’1″ (i shrank an inch). My weight is usually been around 255-260. That is a comfortable weight for me. Not sure what current weight is. I am slim. When I was 268, someone said to me that I look like I lost weight. Inactivity does not cause weight gain. I was swimming regularly about 6 months ago about 2 or 3 times a week. I have been inactive the last 6 months because I have been focused on researching and trying to solve health problems. I also don’t want to aggravate something until I understanding what is causing the problem. So I am hesitant about doing exercise until I know I am healing to managing the problem.
I suspect a lot of gout is being diagnosed as tendonitis because it is atypical. The alternative cures for tendonitis look suspiciously like gout cures although probably milder forms of gout.
>What you must never do is associate your test result with something you >consumed the previous day. If you suspect an association, it needs >fastidious, scientific testing.
this is something which will have to be approached from an empirical and self experimental perspective. scientific testing is not practical. i haven’t wrapped my brain around this issue yet so need to get some uric acid data first.
I think my first major symptom of gout was when I had difficulty reaching my hand from below my back and scratching it. Tendonitis supposedly has this symptom also. Before that I may have had some very slight pain on my upper arm but that is more vague.
I was thinking about that 24-hour urine test also as something that could tell me a lot. I need to know if the uric acid is actually getting out and whether I am an under producer or over producer. I figured that since i am aging, my body should be producing more. I read that 50% of people aged 90 have gout. Probably from all the dying cells in their body.
I have been minimizing my diet until I get the uric acid meter. I have been eating nuts like cashews, almonds, walnuts. I have also been eating sunflower seeds. Maybe little grain. I drink water with some alfalfa powder in it. These I eat as small meals since they are low in purines and contain some nonmeat protein too. Since they contain phytic acid, they can bind to minerals and never get absorbed. I add a main meal to that. Like I had shaved beef mixed with cheddar cheese, onions, peppers etc in a burrito shell so essentially a fajita.
I will edit this to add more info
I will look into this 24 hour urine test. Seems like next logical step.
I’ve come across the term “frozen shoulder” but that doesn’t look plausible. Another thing I have just realized is that on one shoulder, I notice that there is a spot on my bicep muscle towards shoulder that has main pain when I use that muscle for any shoulder movement. I also just realized I can rotate my shoulder more easily if I don’t use the bicep muscle or stretch it. I also remember that one shoulder area/bicep was fine until I slept on it because the other shoulder/bicep was in pain. Maybe focusing in on anti inflammatory stuff i am taking could heal it to where it is functional. Maybe nerve impingement too. I could have a chiropractor look at it.
… I found another spot on tricep muscle near shoulder.
There are usually more underlying causes even if it did restore function. Problems that you don’t have when your younger almost always have a deeper cause if your getting them at older age. I think the stat that 50 percent of 90 year olds have gout is a telling thing fact. Things break down in the body when you age. In the meantime, work around is fine until one can understand and address the deeper causes. I think there are many milder kinds of gout that aren’t being detected.
Just handle your own shit first.
Glad to find someone like you. The last time I have been to a doctor before that is 20+ years ago unless i need a test done. I had a zillion symptoms back then but doctors were useless in regard to diagnose and extremely useless in regard to finding cures for things. So many things I had, conventional medicine would claim there is no cure for but I would find a cure thru persistence.
Life Extension Uric Acid Support supplement 2Xday with food
This is a xanthine oxidase inhibitor without side effects. The only thing I am wondering about is dose. I am taking it twice a day but I am thinking that it may be better to take 3 or 4 a day at least until things resolve or until i get meter to assure me i am low enough.
Natto-Serra 2Xday … not just for gout … taken this for last 8+ years
I had peripheral artery disease 10+ years ago. I did cure it with the Nattokinase Serrapeptase combination 8+ yers ago. I think circulation is important in getting any nutrients to locations in the body.
Bromelain enteric 500mg 2xday / Life Extension 5-Lox inhibitor
This I will use this specifically for any inflammation in this condition. I have no inflammation on surface but mine is deeper in muscle. The interesting thing about 5-Lox is that long-term side effects are non existent and I have searched for years.
3200mg malic Acid 3xday with food
This is the major weapon I am using against Gout. The active ingredient in Tart cherries and other things that addresses Gout is Malic Acid. This alkinalizes the blood and dissolves the uric acid crystals. Malic acid will also dissolve gallbladder stones and kidney uric acid stones
Alfalfa in water / drink thru day / Uvi Ursa (just added and will take for a couple weeks)
This is used in chinese medicine for gallbladder, kidney and bladder. Besides needing to dissolve the crystals and pull them into the bloodstream, one needs to excrete them out. This contains potassium and other minerals so it alkalizes the blood and may possibly bind to the uric acid to help excrete them easier. For all I know, the more root problem may be with the liver-gallbladder-kidney-bladder area not removing the uric acid from blood so I need to be due diligent about looking at it from this angle. Dissolving the crystals is useless unless one can excrete them.
The uva ursi is for kidney and bladder also. It needs to be taken with baking soda since it needs an alkaline environment to release it’s active ingredient. It’s used primarily for kidney/urinary tract infections that can’t be solved with mannose. It is very potent for that but should not be taken long term.
I initially tried baking soda but decided that I may be getting too much salt but more importantly drinking too much water would strip minerals out of my body whereas alfalfa would replenish many of the minerals.
Curcumin BCM 95 … i take this everyday anyway
blueberry leaf … specifically for anthocyanins
dmso … experimented a little. they say it dissolves crystals
renavive … i have some so i can add this to too if i want
celery seed … taken this would be redundant since i am already taking xanthine oxidase inhibitor and kidney stuff
Other things I take
This manages my Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia and Occipital Neuralgia relatively well. I have methylation problems so I have severe problems taking methylfolate and methylcobalamin so this inhibits me from doing what i need to do to regenerate sheath around trigeminal nerve.
I take Primaforce Cissus. It immediately helped with pain for shoulder but not enough to cure it. I use it primarily for sleep. It allows me to sleep restfully everyday. This was a good find for me. Plus it has many health benefits.
This is the main things
When I get the uric acid meter, i will try to be meticulous as possible in taking the reading. i will practice. For me, having some assurance that my uric acid levels are low even if there are symptoms is good to know from a psychological perspective since I figure any dissolving of the crystals could cause things to get worse before they get better. It will also assure me that my diet is healthy enough. It will help me detect what things are making it worse.
I already stay away from HFCS and minimize sugar and chemicals in foods. Studies have said that it is animal protein which increases purine. Not all protein. I should be able to eat this if I can figure out why my body can’t eliminate purine. Since most purine comes from dying cells, I think controlling it thru diet is not real solution. I need to excrete it out
They say pseudogout pain strikes knee first. They say gout pain attacks toe first. I had neither. This doesn’t mean I won’t get struck there eventually but not problem so far.
When crystals do dissolve, does this cause symptoms to get worse and for how long.
When is best time of day to measure uric acid levels
Reading just little on PseudoGout, it did say that one shouldn’t take calcium since it triggers the disease. One more thing to experiment with. I take Jarrow’s Ultra Bone Up the last 3 months so will cease that at least for time being. This is the best bone builder supplement out there so very high quality. Will see if that makes any difference. I do take magtein magnesium twice a day. I usually get enough magnesium.