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Old 08-07-2011, 05:11 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by llmrealestat View Post
For my father-in-law, 5 cherries a day worked wonders!
There are all kinds of natural type remedies for gout. A buddy who has it ate Kalamata olives. I tried it but couldn't tell if it helped. Sticking with Allopurinol for now.

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Old 08-07-2011, 05:23 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Horseshoe View Post
Mine is triggered by drinking too much beer and sweating out all of my water in this heat. If I drink for more than one night (I have a karaoke business, so I do partake in a few,) and play horseshoes all day Sunday in the hot sun, I can count on falling on my face when I try to get up Tuesday morning. I have trouble not drinking my favorite beverage, and being in a horseshoe pitching club keeps me out in the heat too much.

My doctor tried all of the conventional medicines and then hit on the 'Magic pill' for me. It is the prescription version of Aleve. It is called Naproxen and it knocks it out in a day or so. I only take it when I feel an attack coming on. I hate NSAIDS, but don't take it that often. The over the counter pills don't seem to do the same thing for some silly reason.
The trick to that is you need to drink loads of water I think. I'm not so good at my own advice though. Once I get going on the beers all hopes of remembering to do something smart are erased by liquid intelligence. This is why I don't ever drive after about three.

Take a look at the amount of each dosage of the OTC Aleve (which is Naproxen) and you see they are 200mg. The NSAID I have now are 500 and prescribed take 2. I always wondered how something that is take 2 of Xmg for someone who weighs 120lbs can be the same correct dosage for myself at 260 for OTC meds. I figure they have to lean toward the low dose to protect themselves. Given that comparison I should be able to take 5 Aleve. Then it might actually work.

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Old 08-07-2011, 05:35 AM   #17
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My wife always has said pickle juice helps her she drinks a small classic dill pickle juice and it helps.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:42 AM   #18
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Change your diet, eat healthy.

Bedbugs and diet are 2 big reasons I RV.

I never eat in restaurants and I try to stay away from bedbugs.

Here are some areas to work in as we age. No, we will never win the war, but we can fight a good battle.

Weight / strength training
Aerobics / HIIT / Fartlek
Balanced Nutrition / Natural Foods / Vitamin Supplements.
Balance / equilibrium training
Yoga / flexibility training
Speed training applied by body
Speed training applied by mechanical means
Height / altitude training
Pressure / depth training
Centrifugal training
Jump / Height / Plyometrics training
Breath Holding training
Lung expansion training
Ambidextrous training
Inversion training
Timing and Coordination training
Agility training
Stability training
Cold training
Mind training
Mind relaxation / meditation (zazen)
Proper Sleep

We can be working to expand our abilities and skills or we can let them dwindle.

And when you can't do that any longer...you can at least work to slow the decomposition as much as you can...but it involves hard work.

It is almost like a full time job. Or a part time job at the very least, depending on how much effort you put into it.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:04 AM   #19
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Beans are high in Uric acid, one of the main causes for gout.
Below is a link you should find interesting. I didn't find beans. A Dr. told me years ago about beans but maybe it it's not true.
Just be aware that this site is selling products so take that with a grain of salt. I think the info is probably good. I found the following to be interesting. (In reality, although certain foods may trigger a gout attack, they aren't the cause of gout. Gout's true cause is high uric acid in the blood. In order to reduce your risk of gout flares over the long term, you'll need to take steps to decrease your uric acid level and keep it low. Reducing uric acid levels to less than 6 mg/dL is the goal for managing gout over the long term.)

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Enter Gout in the search line.

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Old 08-07-2011, 10:01 AM   #20
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In my case there is no rhyme nor reason with the disease.

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Like many of you, I have tired the cherries, the pickle juice, a spoonful of a crushed charcoal briquette, and myriads of home remedies. One time I ordered a case of half gallon jugs of cherry juice. The only thing it did was make me hate cherry juice. Every person who doesn't have gout has a perfect natural cure. I've decided that two 500 mg. pills can knock it out in about two days, so I guess I'll stick to that whenever it flares up.

I agree that flooding our bodies with water might be the best thing, but I am a little older than I used to be, so getting up all night to get rid of all of that water is almost as much a curse.
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My step daughter was having severe leg pains, after a day in the hospital (over $17,000) and numerous tests they diagnosed her with gout and sent her home for bed rest. Three days later she died from blood clots that formed in her legs and lodged in her lungs. That was 3 years ago on the 13th of the month. We "inherited" three cats and two grandchildren! So much for retirement!
Anyway, watch the diagnosis, it could be wrong!
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:20 AM   #23
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Gout is from build up of uric acid that turns crystals in joint , it can be from your body making to much acid or not removing it . Allopurinol is used to reduce uric acid .
Naproxen works great for flare ups for me .
other things can cause flare ups like being sick with cold or flu anything that dehydrates you . or few days eating to much proteins and not drinking water.
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Couldn't have said it any better myself.
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:06 PM   #25
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My DH was diagnosed with gout when he was 34. He is also a type 2 diabetic, so he cannot take the medication that prevents attacks, cause it is hard on your liver. A big no-no when you're a diabetic! A combo of Tylenol and ibuprofen helps somewhat, but this stresses your liver as well, so he only takes small doses. He's had flares that lasted for 10 days, but knock on wood, the last few outbreaks have been mild, and have only lasted for 3 days or so. I feel really bad for him, and I wish I could take his pain away. Being so young (now 44), he'll have to deal with this for many, many more years.
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Had one bout of gout. Being an EMT I did what any EMT would and diagnosed myself, well as you might expect that didn't work. So I reluctantly limped to the doctors office. He said gout, I said no way, I don't eat or drink any of the common gout causing foods. He asked if anything in my diet had changed recently. Couldn't think of anything right then. Later on having my coffee I realized that I had recently began trying splenda coffee flavors. Sure enough, I quit using them and the gout went away and has not returned in 2 years.

The embarrassing part of the story was when his nurse some 20 years my senior said follow me and I had to ask her to slow down so I could keep up.

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