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Comment from: Slim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

My adult beverage of choice is vodka. I drank Absolute for years, and battled gout often. I spent years trying to figure out what triggered my gout flares. I could not figure it out. I changed to Tito’s which is corn based, while Absolute is wheat based. Haven’t had a flare up since changing. It may just be my case, but something to try.

Comment from: Iggerine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I started having gout attacks about 7 years ago. It started in my left big toe. Pain is usually mainly on the bottom of my foot centered at the base of my big toe. My attacks change from side to side. Last two attacks have been on the top of my foot. The pain is much worse and almost impossible to walk. I have been on diuretics for almost 20 years, never knew gout was a possible side effect. Everything I love to eat is high in purine.

Comment from: Gouty mcgouterson, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I have had gout since I was 22 always coming up in my left ankle. I am 33 now and I started suffering from weekly gout attacks that move throughout my body. Last year I had a gout attack in my knee. I tried to work on it and tore my meniscus, quads, and cracked my knee cap because I couldn’t tell the difference in the pain. General practitioners have not been any help. I have since started going to a rheumatologist and hopefully she can get a handle on it. Gout pain is the worst pain I have ever experienced.

Comment from: Bruce, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I consulted a dietician yesterday and began a diet to lose weight and prevent gout. I was told to drink 3 liters of water and stick to a simple healthy diet plan so I did that yesterday and today. At about midday I began to feel pain in my left knee which has moved into a full blown gout attack in my left big toe (worse than ever before). I am not sure if it could be this new diet or water flushing the crystals through my joints. Wonder if anyone else had similar experiences.

Comment from: Burton Abrams, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 17

After my sleep apnea was resolved 15 years ago, my frequent gout attacks ceased immediately and completely. Sleep apnea's intermittent reduction of oxygen in the blood causes cell catabolism which leads to their generation of excess uric acid, increased acidity in the blood so it can hold less uric acid in solution, and gradual reduction of kidney function so their removal of uric acid from the blood is slowed - perfect storm conditions for precipitation of the urate crystals which cause gout.

Comment from: Alf , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I have got gout in my big toe area and had it for around 10 years. It only used to play up a couple of times a year. But lately it acts up more often, and lasting longer. I'm on tablets, and I watch my diet and so on. But medication is not working. I think I might need an operation. I wonder if one can get this done on the NHS. I have been told it is very expensive to have it done privately.

Comment from: Tracy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

I had C5, C6 and C7 fused. A week later gout started in my big toe and foot. Horrible pain. I can't take anti-inflammatories because of neck surgery, so doctors are giving me narcotics to relieve pain (doesn't work very well). It is now moving to my ankle. Also, I developed cellulitis, which caused a giant blister on top of my foot, which doctor had to drain. This is the worst pain ever. I'm taking the preventive medication, but it doesn't really do anything either.

Comment from: Eddie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 11

I awoke in the middle of the night with very painful foot, and swollen, red and inflamed big toe. Three days later the gout attack is not much better. Contacting my doctor to schedule appointment tomorrow.

Comment from: Vijay, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I have constant tingling feeling in my left foot for the last one year because of gout. It started after I was discharged from hospital where I was admitted for breathing problem. Presently my veins from big toe and second toe leg joint with foot are having uncomfortable tingling feelings, but I can walk normally. I am 75 years of age and my triple bypass surgery was carried out in 2004. I also underwent Leiomyoma surgery in 2008. Presently I am having atrial fibrillation problem too. But I am comfortable having a good retired life.

Comment from: dianne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I have had this gout for many years, since I was doing the Dr. Atkins diet! This diet took weight off me fast, inches more than pounds at first. And let me tell you, if you want fast results that’s the way to go. But remember, when told to use mega doses of vitamins, you must listen, so very important!


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Comment from: side foot, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 12

I just had my first experience with gout but it seem that my gout is on the side of my outer left side foot.

Comment from: mama, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 15

The symptom of my gout was that my middle finger was hot, stiff and very painful and I couldn’t bend it at all.

Comment from: Kid Larami, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I'm pretty healthy. I’m from the U.K. and I’m in the U.K. system for seeing a Doctor. Healthcare is terrible here. There are no home visits, and telephone appointments are scheduled two weeks out.Even though I pay national insurance. It did me no good so I booked MRI and blood test privately 9 months ago. The results showed gout, a swollen prostate, and high cholesterol. I sent a copy to my doctor with a letter.He didn’t even reply. I'm now in bed with intense pain in my right knee. The UK system is for weekend alcoholics who get drunk, fight and clutter emergency A and E, not to mention these are people who usually don't contribute.

Comment from: steveb, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 22

I had a bump on my large toe for over a year which did not cause any pain. I noticed a gradual soreness on the toe, along with redness. My internist treated me for an infection and referred me to a podiatrist. The podiatrist diagnosed gout, and removed the bump, which later returned, but smaller. My internist prescribed allopurinol which I take daily along with tart cherry juice concentrate. I have almost no pain, even though I regularly drink beer or wine.


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