Gout Attack, 3 a.m. Eternal!

Big-Mac-equels-goutThe time is 3 a.m., that’s when I awoke this morning due to a throbbing gouty toe!  The Gout has reared its ugly head and attacked me in the middle of the night.  To be honest, I’ve been asking for it.  Not watching my diet and not drinking enough water to flush everything out.  Damn those Reese’s peanut butter cups (high fructose corn syrup) and a trip too many to McDonald’s across the street.  I know, I know, shame on me!  Well ya know, things have been going so good as far as my gout not acting up and all I became careless.  You can NOT become careless or gout will bite you on your ghoulie!

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Bowling and Gout?

bowling-strikeSo I have decided to go bowling today with a few friends.  Been a while since I’ve gone so hoping I do not aggravate my gout as there will be sliding on my left foot and putting a lot of pressure on my main gouty toe joint.

Last time I played basketball my “gout foot” felt great through out the game, but the next day… POW, full on gout attack!  It sucks that I have to be careful with simple things like this, and of course no bowling alley “burgers & fries” for me as that really sucks.

So wish me luck on the lanes and lets hope for NO gout to “erupt” in my biggie toe.   😀

treat gout at home now

Overeating and Gout!

all-you-can-eat-chinese-buffetGeez, can’t even enjoy an “all you can eat” buffet with out triggering a nasty episode of our friend, Mr. gout!  Yes its true folks, overeating can trigger a gout attack, why?  Well because uric acid spikes when you have a full gut and as your kidneys try to keep up, they can’t, so thus comes the “needle like crystals” that get logged in your big toe joint and other surrounding areas.  Besides these buffet’s are riddled with gout no no’s like shellfish, red meat, and sugary desserts (its the high fructose corn syrup that is bad).  So really all that’s left is salad, and what fun is that?!

So this means no more “all you can eat” Chinese Super Buffet for me…   :(

Gout News Update…

urate_crystals_goutJust thought I would make an update this afternoon.  I have not had any problems with my Gout in a while (yea!) except for a “twing” in the big toe joint here and there.  I still get emails of good people suffering from this nightmare, Gout!  When your in a full gout attack, its the longest week ever!!  Can’t think, can’t enjoy anything, just misery wishing there were a magic pill out there to just get rid of it for good.  Forget about putting on a shoe and going anywhere.. or sleeping at night, just agony all the way!
However, I have been reading up on some new interesting developments in treating gout, but they have not said any specifics as of yet.  So, stay tuned…

– Those nasty Gout crystals!!

Gout: Dual Energy Computed Tomography Helps Spot Gout!


NEW!  Now it can be done where you can “see” where your gout pain is coming from!  This can be scary!!

Below is an excerpt from medgadget.com

“CT scanners have long been considered potentially useful as a non-invasive diagnostic modality, but their ability to help identify uric acid deposits has been limited. To overcome this, Canadian researchers decided to try using a new algorithm on the SOMATOM Definition dual energy CT (DECT) scanner from Siemens. Initial findings from the researchers show that the novel technique can provide radiologists with significant help in diagnosing gout.”
Of course us sufferes know when we are having a gout attack, but now its possible to see where all the pain is coming from!  Obviously not just the big toe but all over the surrounding joints!  Ouch!!    :(

Careful with that BBQ Grub!

bbq_ribs_sign bbq gout

On this Memorial Day Holiday please be careful my fellow Gout friends!  Lots of tempting BBQ steak, hamburgers, hot dogs, and “no no” gout foods out there!  We must indulge though…  Just be sure to use common gout sense.  Try not pig out on 4 cheeseburgers and  “Oh, I lost count how many” hot dogs.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m gonna enjoy a hamburger today, just not 3 of them like I want, hehe.  And maybe a hot dog, but will try and stick to the grilled veggies (avoid asparagus!!! ) and natural fruit juice (high fructose corn syrup…  bad).  Yeah, I know…  beer is out, wine is out, and so are sugary sodas!  But enjoy a hamburger damnit! 😀

Vitamin C and Gout?

vitamin-cI have read several articles saying that Vitamin C is good at keeping Gout at bay.  It says it keeps your uric acid low and blah, blah, blah.  I’m here to tell you that I ain’t buying it.  After my Gout incident with Niacin, I ward off any vitamins now!  You can get all the vitamins you need in a well balanced (gout friendly) diet.  Besides, its also said that Vitamin C can keep your cold at bay, and that does not work either!  So don’t believe it.  If you take Vitamin C and can vouch for it, please comment here.  I just don’t think its viable at all.

Beware! Niacin (Vitamin B3) and Gout!

niacin-vitamin-b3Thanks to pjd3 for reminding me.  Niacin, which is vitamin B3 is a Gout causer!  Beware of this out there and read your labels.  Niacin (vitamin B3) IS in everything, so please read your labels folks!  The highest doses can be found in multivitamins (this very thing gave me gout) and breads & cereals (mostly processed) and can raise your uric acid thereby giving you Gout.

Foods Highest in Niacin (vitamin b3)

* Multivitamins (not always healthy, eh?)

* Breads and Cereals (processed mostly)

* Soy products (yup)

The list goes on, but those are the top 3 with the highest levels of niacin which can cause gout via raising your uric acid level and administering those God awful needle like crystals in your joints!


Lawmakers on Capital Hill Suffer with Gout!

capital_hill-758994Came across a few articles this morning, all mentioning US Lawmakers and their individual ailments including Gout…

So it seems some members of Congress have Gout, that would be Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who has it in his feet, and Del. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa).  Its been noted before that Pacific Islanders suffer from Gout more so than any other ethnic group.  My friend Richard in Hawaii has been in the hospital for weeks at a time because of Gout parking in many joints in his body at once.  Ouch!

Rumor around Capitol Hill is that Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) has Gout.  But neither he nor his staff will admit to it.  C’mon Mike, come out of the “Gout closet” and support us “Goutaholics”!