Gout Causes for You and Me

There are many gout causes that may induce a full gout attack. But what needs to be made clear here is that this condition effects people differently. That is correct, what foods and lifestyle choices I make can cause my gout to flare up and these same things can be the polar opposite for you and everybody else.

What causes gout for me? I’m glad you’re interested to know… After dealing with gout for 8 years already I know what makes it angry. Here they are:

  • Soy products
  • Shellfish
  • Niacin
  • Dehydration

Tofu = Gout for me!

Sounds strange eh?  Well it is true for me, some of those may sound familiar.  Red meat has little to no effect on my gout, but when I consume soy milk with my morning cereal I can start to feel my big toe stiffen up as the week goes by.  So since I do not like milk (reminds me of phlegm) the only choice I have is almond milk or rice milk which is not bad really.  Just make sure you get the vanilla flavored or else it taste kind of gnarly.

The vitamin niacin is what caused my very first gout attack 8 years ago and landed me in the hospital.  Was taking a daily vitamin for men and it had 1,000 times your suggested daily dose of niacin.  The reason I went to the hospital is because I thought I had broken my toe or had an infection (scary moment).  Took those idiot doctors 2 days to figure out I had a case of gout.  An intern figured it out of all doctors.

Of course when you get dehydrated by not drinking enough liquids your urine turns mellow yellow meaning your uric acid is probably spiked.  Drinking natural juice that is not acid rich and water is a safe bet. Cranberry juice and cherry juice is ideal, just make sure you get 100% juice, not some fake garbage.

So what does my current gout diet consist of?  It is easier to say what I avoid and seems safe.  The normal gout foods that we are told to stay away form we should, unless you are certain you know what causes your gout and what does not – through years of experience which can change over time actually.  Like I mentioned above I stay away from soy (which is a bean) and anything with too much acid and that nasty niacin!  Drink plenty of fluids and watch out for stiffness which is a warning sign.

I used this Out with Gout guide to help me find combinations of diet and remedy that I can do at home since the current medial arena is dumb to gout.  The people who know it best are the people who deal with it on a day to day basis.  If you want to know what to do when a gout attack happens and how to prevent it then get the guide and keep it in an easy to find find place either on your computer or print it out and keep it near the medicine cabinet.  A few bucks will save you the time of searching around endlessly online trying to find the latest info.  It really is all right there.

Funny how you meet people from all over the world who suffer from gout too.  I met a fellow in Hawaii who is a mix of Hawaiian, Samoan, and Chinese and he gets the gout in his knee, ouch!  Cripples him for weeks he said.  And met an lady in her 20’s who gets gouty arthritis in the joints in her hands that can last for up to a month.  That seems way more painful and inconvenient than my big toe gout, at least I could hobble around on crutches with one shoe if I need to.

For now my gout seems to be behaving even though I went off my allopurinol since my medical insurance disappeared along with my job.  I was kind of glad though, becasue it did not seem to do much as the gout still creeped up on me and the horror stories I kept hearing about side effects was starting to play mind games with me.  So today I watch what I am eating along with having these black cherry extract pills on stand-by in case I feel it coming on.  I take 2-3 pills twice daily until I feel the safe zone, meaning the toe is not swelling and the pain is gone along with full movement in my toe joint.

The guide mentioned above really helped me understand how natural remedies can help more over than for-profit drugs, which seem to do more harm than good these days.  Unfortunately I realized the Chinese herb pills I was taking years ago had lost their potency over time to gout, so you really need to be well informed of alternatives because one solution does not last forever.

Oh I want to mention a story about my friend Stuart who got gout after ingesting too much salt water while learning to surf in Hawaii.  He is in his mid 40’s and has never had gout or even knew what it was, so one night his toe swelled up to a big red apple and he freaked!  Was ready to call 911 and have the priest ready for last rights.  Good thing I was around, even though I am not a doctor I know what to look for and interrogated him on his eating habits (drinks like a sailor…) but he insists it was cause by the salt water becasue he feels “Hawaiian” now.  He went to the doctor of course just to make sure and was given that tiny white pill known as colchicine which did the trick for now.  But he keeps those black cherry pills in the medicine cabinet just in case.

If you are reading this chances are either you or a loved one has or is suffering from gout. The proper gout treatment is to be educated on what you are dealing with and know how to treat and also prevent it. Gout is powerful and relentless, no matter what you do it will come back so you need to know how to deal with it the best you can.  At least you know gout causes are sometimes unique to me and to you.

Make sure you take a look at this Out with Gout guide, it’s a good idea to get and keep it on hand believe me! It is the best gout guide out there with many treatment options and preventative measures for the gout.

Gout Remedies: Beyond The Black Cherry!

Left big toe inflamed with gout!

Most people thought that the best gout cure was cherries, but they were wrong! The newest research is revealing a better solution for your gout symptoms. Though cherries do work and have been researched thoroughly, a new natural health treatment can make you feel like gout is a thing of the past.

Let me explain.

A Natural Gout Cure:  Cherries

For many years, those red delicious cherries we all love have been thought to help control and decrease gout symptoms. Over 50 years ago a doctor named Ludwig Blau stated announced a cure for one of the oldest diseases known to man, gout. Dr. Blau suggested that eating about 8 cherries a day would cure gout.

Though many thought Blau discovered the cure for gout; he was wrong. Currently there is no cure for gout. However, modern research studies have shown that Blau was correct with his cherry remedy. We now know that cherries contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties that work in the same way NSAIDs do.

In other words, cherries work to reduce the inflammation that causes gout pain by reducing the uric acid that causes gout. And cherries are much better than NSAIDs because cherries cure the cause of gout. And NSAIDS only treat the symptoms (inflammation).

However, many gout sufferers have found that eating as many as 40 cherries isn’t the most convenient remedy. And now researchers believe that cherries are not the only gout cure that works. read more

The Best Treatments For Gout Using Home Remedies and Modern Medicine

Gout is a form of arthritis and a nightmare, if you have ever had you know what I mean. Usually gout effects the big toe joint in men but has made appearances in woman as well. Tiny uric acid crystals form into needle like spears that get lodged in your joints but always seems to end up in the foot with other areas affected including the ankle, sometimes knee and is also extremely painful. Some people suffer from this all over their body and for some reason Pacific Islanders are more susceptible to gout, my 27 year old friend Richard in Hawaii had to spend time in the hospital for a gout attack that was in almost in every joint in his body and this was not the first time, Richard’s condition is hereditary like his father before him and down the line.

Diet and heredity do play a major part, if one has a high level of uric acid in the blood chances are they can develop gouty arthritis because the uric acid is not being expelled properly by the body. The joke is that only rich people get it because of all the fancy foods they eat like duck, liver, liquors, and cheesecakes. There are many famous people in history who have suffered from gout.

What is the best gout treatment?  There is either home remedies, homeopathic treatments and of course tradition modern medicine. A flare up may only occur once or twice in a lifetime due to poor diet like red meats, alcohol, and shellfish just to name a few so if that’s the case and you watch your diet than it won’t be a problem again. Others have chronic gout like yours truly and needs to keep a close eye on what I eat as well as what remedies work for me because there is a lot of trial and error in treating this nasty painful condition.

Some home remedies include consuming black cherries, black cherry juice concentrate, and a nauseating concoction of apple cider vinegar with baking soda, this may be wicked but it works wonders for a lot of people. There are also Chinese herbal supplements that work very well that include extracts from black cherries, blueberries, celery, etc.

A Doctor may prescribe colchicine to knock out the gout during an attack and tell you to cut back on fatty foods, red meats, and alcohol, basically all the favorite foods that are now bad for you. A steroid or cortisone shot to the the effected joint is given when the gout just wont let up. If you keep getting flare ups the Doctor may also prescribe allopurinol which is the most popular drug to keep gout from reoccurring via lowering your uric acid count.

My story is that the gout kept coming back no matter what I did and some remedies did work but lost its potency after time so switching to another treatment was an option, thankfully there are a lot of options for treating gout.

As you can see there are in fact many treatment options and since gout is tricky to treat you may have to experiment a little because sometimes the modern medicine your doctor prescribes may not even dent the condition and a few home remedies will knock it out completely.

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What a Doctor may do for Gout?

evil_dr_zorkSo you just can’t take it anymore and decide to go to the ER or see your Doctor.  Don’t even think about that hacksaw in your garage, put it down! :)   Here is what the good ole Doc may prescribe

  • Colchicine (tiny white tablets) is an anti-inflammatory medication used to prevent and ease current gout attacks. (harsh on your guts though)
  • Steroid or Cortisone shot injected to the joint with a big ass needle! (yeah it hurts, but your pain is soooo bad you won’t mind and it works fast, I had it done in the ER!)
  • Allopurinol is a medication used to treat chronic gout.  Does not relieve pain or inflammation.  Takes a about month for it to work, its preventative medicine (side effects are arguably bad, another contradiction I say).
  • Anti inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen (Advil) in prescription dosage.
  • Take it easy, rest the foot/area and keep it elevated.  Cold packs help with pain.
  • Some Doc’s do give good advice on home remidies as mentioned here at  ihatemygout.com in conjunction with modern medicine!