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Introducing GoutPal’s My Gout

In Introducing My Gout I describe your optional personal space within GoutPal. Because organizing your personal gout facts is the fastest way to control gout. Also keeping notes about your questions, experiences, and opinions helps you understand gout better.

All in all, it’s your best chance to become a Gout Champion.

GoutPal’s My Gout Suspended

I have suspended this service due to low levels of interest. However, if you feel a strong need for structured help with your gout, ask in the gout help forum. In the meantime, I am developing training courses for different aspects of gout management.

Introducing My Gout Audience

Introducing My Gout is suitable for all gout sufferers, and their carers. Because you can use it to help you and your Gout Mentor with all aspects of your gout. Remember, you need a Gout Mentor to get the best gout care. Also, if you choose GoutPal as your mentor, you must start your own My Gout service. So, please apply now on the form below.

However, GoutPal’s My Gout service will also help if you mentor yourself. Or if you choose a friend or healthcare professional to mentor you. Because easy access to personal gout facts helps you make the right decisions about treatment. Then, review of progress means your gout recovery is quicker. Finally, tracking outstanding issues means vital aspects of your gout treatment never get overlooked.

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Improving Visceral Gout Information for Gout Victims

Improving Visceral Gout Information for Gout Victims is currently at the draft stage. Therefore, most of the information is only available to GoutPal Enthusiasts, or higher rank. So to learn more, see GoutPal Members Ranks and Rewards.

Improving Visceral Gout Information Audience

As the title suggests, I wrote this page for GoutPal Victims. Because Gout Victims are not committed to managing uric acid. So, visceral gout information will emphasize the dangers of untreated excess uric acid. If you are not sure which type of gout sufferer you are, see Questions for Gout Sufferers.

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Improving Uric Acid Therapy Information for Gout Sufferers

Improving Uric Acid Therapy Information for Gout Sufferers is a wide-scope review of GoutPal’s uric acid therapy advice. Specifically, this debate will guide the introduction of a better structure for explaining uric acid lowering choices on GoutPal.com. Then, I will develop improvement pages for each affected gout sufferer type.

Improving Uric Acid Therapy Information for Gout Sufferers Audience

Improving Uric Acid Therapy Information for Gout Sufferers is aimed at GoutPal members who want to improve GoutPal facts for gout sufferers. It is not for helping individuals with their own gout management. So, if you have personal questions, please ask in the gout forum. However, if you have relevant experiences and opinions that can help fellow gout sufferers, please leave your comments at the end of this debate.

As this GoutPal work-in-progress is in draft form, parts of it are only available to GoutPal Enthusiasts. To become a GoutPal Enthusiast, you must make and contribute to more gout forum topics.

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Best Gout Discussions

Joint stiffness with Allopurinol September 15, 2020Joint stiffness with Allopurinol

Hi everyone, My doctor switched me from Febuxostat to Allopurinol since I started experiencing insomnia when I took febuxostat for 1 month. I started Allopurinol just yesterday and I had very stiff left shoulder and elbow joints on my left side when I woke up today. I just ignored it and took the dose today but ...
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7+ weeks Gout Flare keeps me in Bed August 8, 20207+ weeks Gout Flare keeps me in Bed

Hey ladies and gentlemen. I’ve had a very bad gout flare up since May 25th and I have been stuck in bed since. Being bed bound, I lost all my muscles on my legs. I went to the ER on June 1st, and the doctors just gave me a prescription for naproxen which I already ...
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Fear of allopurinol side effects August 7, 2020Fear of allopurinol side effects

I am 51 with a 4-year history of Gout. I have 2-3 attacks per year mostly precipitated by eating a lot of fructose or being sick. Most are minor lasting 1 day. Uric acid runs between 7.5 and 10. Doctor suggested Allopurinol, I am hesitant after reading all side effects. But I am concerned with ...
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Gout thumb and celebrex August 2, 2020Gout thumb and celebrex

I’ve experienced gout in my big toe several times but suddenly last night my thumb started hurting. I thought I might have strained it working in the yard. I’m 61 so I get wear and tear pains all the time, but this went from zero to can’t hold anything in about two hours. I realized ...
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Gout Relief from Baking Soda July 31, 2020Gout Relief from Baking Soda

As I have gotten older, I develop more indigestion and started taking an old remedy of baking soda in water, about 1 tsp to 6 ounces. This works wonders when lying down for the night. As I developed gout, right big toe, I stumbled onto the miracle ...
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Allopurinol and beer July 26, 2020Allopurinol and beer

Hello, I just went through my worst gout attack ever. My knee got so inflamed that I actually had to go to the emergency room to get 60 cc of joint fluid drained. The doctor had me on Prednisone for a few weeks, and now I’ve been on Colchicine for a week. He just filled ...
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Allopurinol itching and skin rash July 25, 2020Allopurinol itching and skin rash

I don’t know if its coincidence or not. I started on the colgout tablet then the allopurinol tablet. 100 mg for a week 200 mg for a week and 300 mg. Then dropped off the colgout. I developed a small rash below my belly button. I used caneston cream as I can get a heat rash in this ...
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Confusing Uric Acid Levels July 24, 2020Confusing Uric Acid Levels

Hi, I’m a first time gout sufferer and as of right now am totally confused by my Uric Acid results. I had a physical last Aug and normal results (5.8) and that was the day after a VERY heavy drinking weekend. Below is what has me confused. Aug 28: 5.8 (Physical done the day after ...
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Fasting, Uric Acid, and Allopurinol July 23, 2020Fasting, Uric Acid, and Allopurinol

Hi there I know that patients with gout or those predisposed to gout are advised against fasting due to the raising of uric acid. However does it mean fasting as in total fasting so in other words abstaining from food completely? How would this affect somebody who did a juice fast for a couple of days as ...
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First Gout Attack! What can I eat? July 23, 2020First Gout Attack! What can I eat?

I am a very active 52 year-old woman of normal weight who had a gout attack on Monday night, July 29, 2019. I have taken nothing prescribed (Colchicine 0.6 mg cap and Indomethacin 25 mg caps) as I have been too afraid of the drugs. My biggest question is, am I harming myself ...
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First gout attack, wondering do I need meds July 22, 2020First gout attack, wondering do I need meds

Got my first gout attack about 8 weeks ago – my left thumb was swollen and painful and was not able to move it. Took ibuprofen and next day was more or less ok. Now 8 weeks later the thumb is still a bit painful and it and it gets worse when walking longer ...
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Uric Acid and Back Pain July 21, 2020Uric Acid and Back Pain

Following Joanne’s comment on Uric Acid Back Pain: The Heavy Load Of Gout, that page is now flagged for review. Joanne says: Back Pain Lower back pain feels like a large lump at base of my spine and a lump on top of my spine .. got high levels of uric acid in my blood … had both ...
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Why I had a Gout Attack after the previous one ? July 20, 2020Why I had a Gout Attack after the previous one ?

Hi everybody ! I would like to ask this question. I had a painful gout attack 2 weeks ago and yesterday I was almost cured again. I began to drink water, a lot. I began to take C Vitamin, Magnesium, a lot of vegetables, sodium bicarbonate, etc… I believed an alkaline protocol would cure my pain ...
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Found the Gout Flare offender – Lager July 19, 2020Found the Gout Flare offender - Lager

The following might be of some interest to gout sufferers. I had suffered from severe gout attacks for many years in different parts of the world, always ending up in hospital and a wheelchair. I was already on a small dose of Allopurinol. So doctor raised the dose to 300 mg, but the problem persisted. ...
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Aching Gouty Toe despite Allopurinol July 17, 2020Aching Gouty Toe despite Allopurinol

Uric Acid dissolving crystals pain identification when happening I have been taking 200 mg of Allopurinol for 18 months now, and with my recent 5.5 Uric acid reading, feel like things are pretty good. Within the last 2 days, after walking, exercising my big toe intermittently started to ache a bit. My question is if ...
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Gout, uric acid and cherries July 16, 2020Gout, uric acid and cherries

I want to do a little research project with myself and a few others to see if our uric acid levels go down with taking tart cherries. In your opinion when do you think would be the best time to take an accurate uric acid reading. In the morning before food? I will test one group who ...
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Stopped drinking beer, good gout diet, but foot swollen July 15, 2020Stopped drinking beer, good gout diet, but foot swollen

Stopped drinking beer, now eating and drinking all the right things swollen foot Hi all I’ve had gout on and off for many years, moved to a warmer climate and it kicked off again with my left foot being swollen and red on the side and very painful. My Wife laughs now because I like my beer ...
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Gout Attack Severity and Duration with Epsom Salt July 14, 2020Gout Attack Severity and Duration with Epsom Salt

Hello, good to see these boards have become very active recently. So much information flying about, poor doctors have to deal with our extensive knowledge when they see us now 🙂 One thing I’d like to ask the community is gout flare period and severity. I started 100 mg of allopurinol in mid December which dropped UA ...
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Gout flares at a low urate level – How long? July 1, 2020Gout flares at a low urate level - How long?

Much of what I have read here reinforces my own experiences. I have my own blood urate level tester which seems to be reasonably accurate (+/- 20%) when compared with hospital analyses. I had suffered little gout over a year and was careless about regularly taking allopurinol. After a nasty flare-up, I found my urate level ...
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Review Tea and Gout

Review Tea and Gout is mainly for Gout Herbalists who want to include tea in their gout treatment plans. Also, it might interest Gout Seekers, and Gout Dieters. So, if you are not sure which type of gout sufferer you are, please read Questions for Gout Sufferers.

This is a review of GoutPal information about tea and gout. Specifically, it seeks to improve information on GoutPal to help gout sufferers in general. So, if you have a personal question about tea in your own gout diet, please ask in the gout forum.

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Improving Help For GoutPal Dieters

Improving Help For GoutPal Dieters is a discussion to improve the help pages for Gout Dieters. It is part of a series of discussions about different types of gout sufferer.

When you have a healthy lifestyle, there are specific improvements that can help gout sufferers. I can help you maximize lifestyle changes that match your preferences and favorite foods.

As a GoutPal Dieter, you will soon be enjoying life to the full. You should be in no doubt that your gout is fully under control. If you need reassurance, GoutPal is always here to help.

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Improving Help For Gout Foodies

Improving Help For Gout Foodies is a discussion to improve the help pages for Gout Foodies. It is part of a series of discussions about different types of Gout Sufferer.

Gout Foodies are one of the GoutPal Gout Sufferer Types identified in Questions for Gout Sufferers.

Lifestyle improvements can only work when they have a firm foundation. Most of that foundation is a healthy eating plan.

Also, I’ve identified gout sufferers who become Life Champions. That is where your gout is cured, or controlled so that you can focus on enjoying life. Everyone should want to be a Life Champion. But, Gout Foodies can never enjoy life completely, until they start healthy eating.

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Better Gout Learning

Better Gout Learning is aimed at anyone interested in structured personal gout learning. Learning will help you control your gout better. This discussion will improve my documentation of the gout learning process.

Structured personal gout learning means you want a step-by-step plan to learn more about controlling your gout. If you only have a general question about gout, you might not need a personal plan. In that case, you can ask your question in the General Gout Discussion.

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Improving Questions for Gout Sufferers

Improving Questions for Gout Sufferers is a discussion about clarifying Questions for Gout Sufferers.

This discussion is for all Gout Sufferers, and people who are interested in gout. It is about improving my information on GoutPal.com. If you want personal help deciding which type of gout sufferer you are, please ask in the gout forum.

GoutPal Gout Sufferer Types allow you to find relevant information quickly. Once you know which type you are, it’s easier to ignore irrelevant gout information. It’s easier to focus on the next best step for gout sufferers like you.

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Improving Gout & Iron Guidelines

Improving Gout & Iron Guidelines is aimed at anyone who has any interest in the effects of iron on uric acid and gout.

The purpose of this article is to improve GoutPal’s gout & iron guidelines.

Current guidelines about iron on GoutPal.com are:

  • Alternative Treatment For Gout – Blood Letting. The report on which this is based,
    and a book (Facchini FS. The Iron Factor of Aging. Why do Americans age faster?), are reviewed it “Back to Bloodletting? Article in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 52(9) · September 2004 DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2004.52425.x”. There is dietary advice for reducing available iron. But, it needs reviewing carefully with respect to gout. My article should probably be republished as “Can I donate blood with high uric acid” or similar.
  • Gout and Iron Revisited. Note, this is based on “Mascitelli L, Pezzetta F, Goldstein MR. Comment on: Gout: an independent risk factor for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2010 Jul;49(7):1421-2; author reply 1422. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keq118. Epub 2010 Apr 27″‘ which should be cited correctly.
  • Iron, Xanthine Oxidase, & Uric Acid

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