Gout,Painful,crippling.

@Gollywog (1092)
June 6, 2008 5:26pm CST
Hey mylotters do any of you suffer from Gout! I get it in my feet the joints swell up and are very painful. It lasts about 3 weeks and then the swelling goes down and then the skin peals off the area that was swollen. You can have treatment but you have to be diagnosed within the first four days for it to work. I use crushed ice to take away the heat and the pain, it helps a little. It is so painful you cannot put your foot to the ground.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
19 Jun 08
I know how painful gout can be because my mother-in-law who is staying with me had it some years back. The pain was so bad she can't even touch her feet on the ground without yelling out in pain. But gout, which I believe cannot be cured, can be controlled with medication. Her nephew doctor who is very experienced, prescribes two kinds of medicine for her gout. One is Colchicine (which another member has also mentioned) and the other is Probenecid. The hospitals advised that Colchicine can harm the kidneys, if taken too much, so my m-i-l only takes Colchicine three times a week (instead of daily just as a precaution), while Probenecid is taken daily. You know what? My m-i-l has taken these two types of medicine for quite a good number of years already, and her gout has never bothered her since. Neither has she any reported problems with her kidneys due to intake of Colchicine. My m-i-l by the way is 86 years old. So I can tell you from her experience that these medicines work effectively for gout, but has to be taken for life. You should see your physician about some effective medication for your problem, so that you don't have to suffer.
@Gollywog (1092)
19 Jun 08
Thank you very much for the info, my doc has no excuse now he can treat my gout? Your mil is very luck to have found a cure thank goodness for her amazing nephew being such a good doc.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
19 Jun 08
You're most welcomed. Yes, please do get some good treatment for your gout. Gout can be controlled through medication, and I can testify to that.
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19 Jun 08
Colchicine shouldn't be taken regularly, it is a quite severe treatment. If your m-i-l gets gout attacks say once a month she should take 2 tablets at the onset of the attack - you get to know the misery of that, and then one every 8, or preferably 12, hours. Then, when you know the attack isn't going to come to anything (if you've been quick enough), every 24 hours. Stop as soon as she can, it shouldn't be taken in the absence of attacks. It causes nausea, diarrohea and kidney problems. She shouldn't need this product, as she should be taking Allopurinol every day and be free from attacks. I am beginning to think that doctors won't prescribe this, maybe because of the lifetime costs of the treatment. B*stards.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
23 Jun 08
Yes I have heard of gout. A friend that I no has it. It comes and goes. He uses a ice pack for the pain. Making changes in your diet may help with your gout. If you have been prescribed medications for gout, it is important that you take those medications as instructed to prevent future attacks.
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@Gollywog (1092)
24 Jun 08
My Doctor is mean he says he cannot prescribe anything to get rid of gout? I have changed my diet but no different, at the moment Im free of it? Thank goodness.
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@cianoy (513)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
Hello there. I was reading through the thread. How has your gout been the past year? I noticed there wasn't a lot of discussion on good foods to eat, except for cranberry juice, which is good. I would recommend that you load up on a couple of fruits as well: pineapples, apples, bananas and strawberries. Cherries I hear are also really good.
@TheCarter (370)
• United States
23 Jun 08
I am not a very educated man so excuse my ignorance. What exactly is gout? And on a sliding scale between bee stings and kidney stones, where would you place it?
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@Gollywog (1092)
24 Jun 08
Well Gout is inflamation that causes swelling in the joints mainly the toes! Some people get it in the fingers knees any joint and it is so painful? I would put it in a catagory of more than kidney stones? If you can imagine not being able to move the part that is afected the swelling in huge it feels like its about to burst I get it mostly in my big toe and the others at times! I get it in my fingers but I think that is because I have arthritis so it works together nasty? I hope I have explaned that clearly? It lasts from a week up to 4weeks and you cannot walk?
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@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
21 Jun 08
My father suffers from this and I have seen first hand the suffering and swelling .His whole foot/ankle just swell up and he can't even walk .It has gotten so bad that he actually got spasms from it . He uses ice too,but it only helps to a point .Lately,when he has an attack he feels it in his big toe. I think I heard something a few years back from my aunt that if you eat to much yeast it can trigger an attack.
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23 Jun 08
Please, please, please - get him to go to the doctor and ask for the products I mentioned above. This disease is a living hell for sufferers, you can't imagine the pain and discomfort, but the means exist for us not to have to suffer.
@Gollywog (1092)
24 Jun 08
I use pieces of toweling i soak it in water and put it in the freezer. They are lighter than an ice pack and it helps.
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@ellie333 (21029)
7 Jun 08
Hi Golywog, Thankfully no this is something I have not suffered from but I really feel for you to have to suffer this pain. Ellie :D
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@Gollywog (1092)
7 Jun 08
I hope you never have to suffer this sort of pain! You are young and shouldnt get it its a old persons thing. lol
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@ellie333 (21029)
7 Jun 08
Young oh you are such a darling. I'm 45 and don't class myself as young, but definately young at heart. Thanks Pat. Ellie :D
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@Gollywog (1092)
7 Jun 08
When you reach 56 like me you know you are getting old. lol
18 Jun 08
You don't need to suffer from this debilitating disease - EVER AGAIN! You need to go to your doctor. Your gout is caused by a fault in your metabolic system involving protein digestion. He will give you a product called ALLOPURINOL which you will need to take for the rest of your life. It is available on the NHS. This will lower your serum Uric acid levels so you will never have another gout attack. He will also probably give you COLCHICINE to combat the attacks suffered up until the serum levels reduce to a safe level (2 weeks to a month). This may make you feel a bit sick and give you diarrohea but you will never need it again and it is preferable to the pain.
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@Gollywog (1092)
19 Jun 08
Thank you very much now I can go to my doc armed with information, as he says nothing gets rid of gout? They cant be bothered sometimes they are in a hurry. You get BR thanks again.
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19 Jun 08
I'm amazed that a doctor worthy of the name could let someone suffer so much. Only people who have had gout can understand the excruciating pain involved. Thanks for the BR.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Jun 08
my hubby had it and the doctor gave him meds he had to take eevery day for it. But I have read to eat cheeries they are surpose to help alot my hubby just wouldnt eat them. when this all happenes you have to much uric acid in your body
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@Gollywog (1092)
19 Jun 08
I eat a lot of fruit and a lot of cherries at the moment they are very expensive.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Jun 08
oh I know and the prices just keep going up! but good luck with it and do you best to keep it in check!
@mummymo (23707)
7 Jun 08
You have my sympathy Pat - I don't suffer myself but my Grandad did and it was crippling! He had to have a cage thing at the bottom of his bed to lift the covers up so they wouldn't touch against his feet as even a lightweight sheet on top would be agony for him! Hugs xxx
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@Gollywog (1092)
19 Jun 08
I just hang my leg out over the bed, thats if I can get up the stairs. lol I usualy stay on the settee its to painful to walk up the stairs.
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@mummymo (23707)
19 Jun 08
I do sympathise with you sweety - i remember how much pain it used to cause Pop! xxx
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
7 Jun 08
Hi Gollywog! Oh, that must be really painful my friend. Have you had gout for a long time now? I don't have gout and I don't know anyone of my family suffering from it too. I really have no idea of how much painful it is. But upon hearing this from you, I guess it must be really painful. Is it curable? I hope so and I do hope that you won't feel so much pain again. Take care and God bless!
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@Gollywog (1092)
7 Jun 08
Gout is a reacuring affliction, I have arthritis and it is more intense pain than that. It lasts up to four weeks and very very painful, I have had to bouts in the last 4 months so that is 6 weeks of pain as one attack only lasted two weeks the other four weeks. There is no cure it just happens to some people, Im just the lucky one. lol
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
9 Jun 08
Hi Gollywog! I am really sorry to hear that. I just hope and pray that it won't recur as often and won;t be as painful as it was. I just do hope that somehow you won't feel so much pain. Take care and God bless!
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Oh you poor thing I have heard that it is very painful. No thankgoodness Ive never had that. I hope you feel better. Do you get it often?
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@Gollywog (1092)
19 Jun 08
Some times I get it every 4 weeks, but then I get a rest from it for at least 5 to 6 months. There is no pattern to it, you never know when it will hit you. lol. I am glad you have never had it, I pray you never get it.
• United States
9 Jun 08
I don't suffer from it, nor have I ever heard of it until now. It does sound painful and miserable. I hope you don't get it too often as that would be awful.
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@Gollywog (1092)
19 Jun 08
It is painful but if you get it you have to get medication from your doc realy fast or it does not work.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Ouch! I am so sorry to hear you suffer from gout. Hopefully you will feel better soon. My husband had a bout of it years ago but the dr. put him on an antibiotic and he was ok after a few days. It was the first and last time he suffered from it. He didn't complain too much but did have lots of trouble walking. Hope you feel better soon, carolbee
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@Gollywog (1092)
19 Jun 08
It realy knocks you off your feet, so very painful. Thank you.
@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
7 Jun 08
I know of a neighbor who had accute gout-but I helped him! You see am a member of Tiens, and their products a really good! Tiens is a Chinese company that deals in herbal suplements! So their calcium extracts found in powder or capsule can deal with your gout pretty fast! My neigbor was almost crippled, and living on pain killers-he took calcium powder and was better within a week! If you have Tiens in your country, check their outlets and become a member, you will be well my dear Gollywog! Good luck!
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@Gollywog (1092)
7 Jun 08
I will check it out to see if it is avaliable in the UK thank you. I will be very pleased if its avaliable so I can be painfree quicker.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
7 Jun 08
I have never had gout but one of my friend has it and from what he tells me it's so painful. I hope I never have to experience it. I hope you find a good solution for the pain.
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@Gollywog (1092)
7 Jun 08
I hope one day there is a cure, but I dont think so. You just have to put up with these things.
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
7 Jun 08
Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your gout. Are you about to use JR Watkins products? I know they have some products for pain like their menthol icy blue rub and they have other rubs too. It sounds bad because I don't like when the skin peels. Is there any cure for it? I guess I need to do some more research, thank you. Pablo
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@Gollywog (1092)
7 Jun 08
Thank you for your kind words I have tried lots of rubs but it gets painful when the skin peals, Ice is the coolest that helps a little.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I have never had it, but it sounds terribly painful. I hope that you will feel better.
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@Gollywog (1092)
6 Jun 08
Thank you Im ok at the moment but I will get it again I just hate it!