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In the old forum, Utubelite wrote about Uric Acid Levels and Snoring:
It is amazing but looks like there is some link. I used to snore heavy before I have taken the UA lowering drug therapy. I was not able to sleep on my back( face up) as I would snore very heavy which would not let anyone else sleep, besides I will get up myself as I was not able to breathe properly.
Since I have started Allopurinol, my snoring has improved.
For last one week that I am on UA level of less than 4, the snoring has stopped altogether.
My wife told me that I do not snore any more. I also tried sleeping on my back and I was able to do so without any snoring.
I am surprised on it and do not know if it is due to UA levels dropping below 4.
At-least there is some positive side of it, not related to gout.
This was followed by references to sleep apnea. And, Keith chipped in with a quote from a Royal Society of Medicine article from PubMed about snoring:
Three of the 200 patients had considerably raised serum uric acid, and had marked relief of snoring with anti-gout treatment. I have assumed that this was due to lessening of mucosal oedema of the soft palate.
It seems Frusimide is the cause of the gout I have suffered recently, time after time for past 9 months. I have been taking this Diuretic for about 10 years with no problems. So I was trying to think what has changed. A year ago, I suffered a fall and subsequent seizures, due to a bleed to the brain I sustained.
I live half way up a mountain in Snowdonia, alone, no near neighbours and because of the seizures I have been unable to drive since last December, so have not been able to pop to the shop for fresh bits and pieces, as I did. I rely on Tesco to deliver my shopping. Now, I have described myself in the past as being ‘addicted to milk’, full cream at that !!!! But, since I have been rarely getting out my consumption of milk had dropped to zero most days, I drink my tea black so it rarely seemed a problem. I did take advantage when I could and buy milk, but it does not stay fresh long.
So, I came to the conclusion that was about the only change in my diet since I have been taking Frusimide. So, After a flare up in September I started drinking at least 1 litre of UHW milk per day. Prior to this I had had gout hopping from one joint to another, ankles, instep, knees and wrists, no more than a week or so apart. As I said I got back on my milk in September and Tuesday this past week was the first flare up I have since. The pain seemed so bad I think it was paying me back for any attacks I may have warded off !!!!!!! Jesus !!!!!
So does anyone think the milk does or has in the past, helped ???
Another question I have had little ‘cysts’ develop under the skin on my eyelids, about the size of a grain of sugar, might this be caused by Uric Acid Crystals ???
Last question, is there anyway of dissolving or dispersing the crystals already present in my joints, or is it possible to get the joints washed or flushed out ??
“Based mostly on the Uric acid blood test, which was a little high,”
Please can you post the exact number, instead of “little high”. That will allow Keith to give a better opinion on your gout diagnosis question.
UPDATE: Well, I guess it really is. Here we go with my other toe. Took Anti inflammatory right away and still uncomfortable to walk today. Which sucks when your job is walking back and forth across the hospital to see various patients. :/. Got my blood drawn yesterday at the very beginning when I noticed just the littlest of a twinge. Probably would not have noticed it at all if it wasn’t for my flare a few weeks ago.
Keith, I do not have another Uric acid test to compare. Carolyn, this is what I found on the web,”Rapid weight loss or fasting can cause excess lactic acid buildup, which hinders uric acid excretion by the kidneys thereby triggering a gout attack. Dieting also may cause a loss of potassium, which can increase urate levels in the blood. Some dieters also use diuretics which can deplete the body of potassium and other minerals, triggering a gout attack.” However, I have been loosing weight slowly. .5 to 1.0 lb a week. I drink fluids (I could drink more, but don’t feel I am dehydrated. I was 188 at 5”0″, I am down to 164. Still overweight, 32 BMI vs. 37 and I am moderately muscular. Toe is still swollen today. Shoes are still uncomfortable. I can feel relief from the Indomethacin in about two hours. So, what ever is going on is definitely an inflammatory response. The question is from what? Uric Acid? Something else? I will definitely follow up w/ MD to figure out, as it would be nice for this not to happen again.
Original Secondary Gout post from Whitney:
Is this gout? (Yeah, I know it probably is)
So, I am pretty sure I am at the end of my first (may it be my last) gout attack. I am a 41 year old woman. Seldom drink, red meat 1x week, maybe. I have been on a diet and have lost 25 lbs over 4 months. I have read that rapid weight loss can trigger an attack. My pain started with feeling like I had a bruise on the bottom of my foot at the classic gout toe joint. It progressed to very painful within 24 hours. I though I had a bone bruise or stress fracture from
Pilates (feet in straps connected to your body weight and some extra resistance w/ springs). Well, they took X-ray in urgent care, said no fracture and “doubted it was gout” because area was not swollen and red. My the next morning, after a night of tears, I couldn’t walk, so I ended up in ER. NP says, yes, it gout. Gives my Rx for the anti-inflammatory (I forget what it’s called, super NSAID) took Uric acid level. 3.7. Med starts working that evening after second dose. That was last night. I can walk again, with discomfort. Noticed swelling yesterday, still visible when you hold both feet sole to sole with the sides showing. Now, when I walk, I feel like the ball of my foot at the toe joint is tender and bruised again. I know you can still have gout without a high Uric acid level. So, now the things that I have read that I did not experience: I was able to tolerate touch and my sock on my food. I could point my toes with out a problem, but it was painful to flex. Sorry about the rambling. It sure sounds like gout. I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday, but it seems like if I am better it makes more sense to go in in two weeks to get levels drawn again, yes? Thank you for any info.
I was put on Lasix back in Oct/Nov of 2015 for congestive heart failure – so about 9 months ago. Just this past week I began to get the symptoms of gout in big toe, then instep etc. I have taken cider vinegar and cherries plus cherry juice to help but my question is this: If I can get my doctor to take me off of the Lasix, what are my chances of that “curing” my gout problem? Just as an FYI, my lastest ejection fraction for my heart has gone up 15 % since March – so I believe I am on the right road to recovery for that and not sure why/if I need the Lasix any more.