Category Archives: Most Interesting Gout Discussions Index

Most Interesting Gout Discussions Index is a list of Gout Forum discussions that attract the most interest.

Obviously, they might not cover the topics that you need. Because these hot gout topics are based on averages from all gout sufferers. But, if you are interested in gout, you should be interested in the discussions listed below.Interesting Gout Reading photo Which gout topics are you most interested in?

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What causes changes in Uric Acid?

Confusing 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 the Mayweather fight and I literally had 1/2 bottle of whiskey and 1/2 bottle of vodka and god knows how many wings)

June 18: 6.1
(This was DURING my first Gout Attack and had to get a shot in my toe. Hadn’t drank for 2 weeks prior and was working out every day)

June 28: 5.4
(This was my GP double checking levels after the clinic had done my shot)

July 23: 7.2 !!
(This was taken yesterday. I had a normal weekend where I did eat meat and drank MILDLY but nothing out of the normal. I was on a plane for a couple hrs though)

I have appointments for rheumatologists but that’s a month away. My GP wants me to start on allopurinol already. Any idea why the whipsaw UA levels which still seem low compared to others I’ve seen on this site?? Thank you for the advice!!


What causes changes in Uric Acid?

What causes changes in Uric Acid?

Purine-free Beer for Gout

Allopurinol 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 a 100 mg prescription of Allopurinol that I’m going to start tonight.

During this time I haven’t had any alcohol, coffee or sugary drinks. Also, I’ve done my best to avoid any sugary sweets (candy).

It has been over a month, and I would really like to have a beer. My doctor recommended sticking with wine, which is fine. But with the warm weather coming, I’d like to be able to enjoy an ice-cold beer or two.

My question is, with Allopurinol, is this safe? Also, if I refrain from the other items I mentioned, would it be ok/wise to have to go back to drinking beer? If not, is there any other option other than wine?


As well as allopurinol and beer, this topic also discusses Does CBD help gout?

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18 months of Allopurinol, somebody help me!

Hi there, let me start off by saying my thanks to Keith Taylor and this website for convincing me to finally get on allopurinol after some 15 years of awful suffering and flare ups. Now, the downside.

48 years old, have been taking prescribed allopurinol since Nov.11/2015. Started at 300 mgs daily. Upped dosage about this time last year due to a fairly severe albeit short flare up of 2 days. Went to 400 mg daily in July ’16. By January ’17 I upped my dosage to 600 mg daily as I had a long, nagging flare up, not severe, was still fairly mobile but it dragged on for nearly 2 weeks. I think I found another trigger from that flare up (buffalo wing flavoured potato chips) and since that time have not had a flare up of any kind, yay!

However, within the past 2 months have found a new girlfriend, she’s great, everything a heterosexual male could want BUT my sexual performance is suddenly a disaster! I can get erect but can not maintain and certainly can not achieve orgasm. Guess how she likes that! So, last night, along with this issue another thing that has been bothering me is this recent change in waistline. Used to be a very steady 34″ waist for years, 33″ with some brands but these past few months have been straining to fit into my jeans, shirts straining at the buttons due to a pot belly and indents in my belly from my pants buttons. The weird part is I haven’t actually gained any appreciable weight, 10 years ago I was in really great shape and weighed 208 lbs, currently weigh 215 lbs! I google possible weight gain from allopurinol and what do I find out but that the medicine has been linked to lack of sexual performance, loss of libido, loss of interest in sexual intercourse. Ding ding!! I start reading this list provided by the Mayo Clinic on possible ‘rare’ side effects and I think I have half of them. Really lacking energy, strength in arms and legs. Went on some serious hiking trips with her last weekend and thought ‘no problem, I’ve done quite a few healthy hikes these past few years’ and I was like an old man out there!! The one hike was an elevation of 700m over 5kms and I am stopping every 5 minutes on the way up to catch my breath!! Additionally, I was changing to go into the gym this past winter and realized my lower legs were really swollen. One of the possible side effects? Swollen lower legs.

Now I had reduced my daily dosage in April ’17 back down to 400 mgs and after my research last night I am going to reduce down to the original 300 mgs and as soon as my job will allow me I will be going to see a doctor with some very obvious concerns. Please understand, I live in Canada, I moved from one province to another last August so I no longer have a personal physician, who was great I might add, would listen to my issues and take my insights into consideration. Currently I have been dealing with the usual revolving door of doctors in walk in clinics AGAIN, you must understand, in Canada, as long as you’re not bleeding to death on the office floor you’re healthy. So I have been requesting another blood test and have been told that they’re pointless, it’s diet, it’s beer now here’s your refill, get lost. Believe me, this has NOT been easy for me to do and my line of work does not allow me to take an hour or two off to go see a doc, I have to take an entire day off without pay, isn’t construction a wonderful way to make a living?

So, having said all of this, and if anyone has read the entire post I admire your interest and patience, now I have to ask, has anyone here had any similar issues with allopurinol after 18 months? I have read a few testimonials elsewhere’s from very concerned young men about the same performance issue, one guy got a testosterone boost from his GP but I have been really considering now all of my issues and it all makes sense. The swollen legs, the lack of energy and the lack of interest in sex. I really don’t want to be like this the rest of my life. If anyone has any advice at this point I would really appreciate it, thanks!


Shoulder Gout Pain and Allopurinol

Joint 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 as the day progressed my right shoulder and elbow joints also got quite stiff and it seems that my stiffness is affecting my spine also now. from what I read many people take allopurinol for long term without any serious side effects but I am having achy joints on the second day itself. Would it go away gradually or should I revert back to febuxostat and search for solutions for my insomnia. ALso which medicine has adverse side effects when taken in long term. I am just 29 now and I am already struggling with terrible left knee after 3 surgeries on that one and now this gout diagnosis is preventing me from attending my office regularly. Please suggest how do I deal with this.


Relapse Rates after Stopping Uric Acid Treatment chart

Allopurinol Drug – Is it Safe to take for Life?

As I attempted to answer a question about allopurinol vacations today, I referred to Is Allopurinol A Lifetime Drug.

I believe this is an important principle for Gout Seekers. Because many gout sufferers veer away from uric acid therapy. I’ve had this myself. In the prime of your life, you see the specter of lifelong medication. Pictures of Grandad and his daily ritual of pills make you run for the hills.

Of course, that’s ridiculous when you stop to analyze it. But, I still remember the same fear of having to wear spectacles for life when I was a boy. These are real fears that produce Gout Victims.

And, the truth is, when you take control, you do not have to take gout medication for life. As long as you understand exactly how you can start and stop it so that you are in control.

In the report attached to “Is Allopurinol A Lifetime Drug” there are detailed criteria for managing uric acid therapy properly. I don’t think I represented those ideas very well in my original article.

So, if you think I should stop dragging my heels, add your comments below. Constructive criticism, or simple “get on with it” comments are all welcome.


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Allopurinol 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 warm weather and with been a cleaner am prone to heat rashes. I have been off the tablets now for 5 days. Went to doctor yesterday I am back on colgout for 2 weeks then will start the allopurinol again to see if that is causing the rash. Any ideas?


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Baking Soda is Bad for Gout

Gout Relief from Baking Soda

[feedback from Natural Remedy For Gout]


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 that my gout pain subsided when I took the baking soda for my indigestion. I don’t even need to see the doctor anymore for this.

I have not suffered in a couple of years now, and I just know it’s the maintenance of the baking soda.

Sure hope I don’t create other problems by this method, but for now, I am good to go at 60.