April 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm #3562sdgfrofgParticipant
Had my first mild gout attack in early Jan. The doc put me
on Colchimax (0.5mg/day). I reduced the dose to 0.5mg per day. Modified my diet
and didn?t drink alcohol and I have been fine since.
Two week ago I had a blood test.
UA level was just above 7. One week ago had a second test and the level was
again just above 7. Readings were just below the top limit for normal UA. As I
was on holiday last week I had a some Guinness and also food that I don?t
normally eat. I have a UA meter and my levels became quite high.
Been back on my safe diet and
stopped drinking alcohol a few days ago. I expected returning to my usual diet
would be reflected in a drop in my UA levels. This has not happened. Yesterday
proper blood test result was 9.1
Been suffering from all sorts of
symptoms today. Throbbing in my feet (ankle, heel, instep and toe joints) and
knee also. Strange sensation in my leg muscles. Strange sensation across my
back just below shoulder height. Tightness on one side of my chest.
Occasionally, I get quite mild sharp pain in some of my joints.
Tried lots of relieve the
symptoms. Drank LOTS of water, eat strawberries, drank cherry juice, had
teaspoon of bicarb in water.
When I went to see the doc this
evening he said I need to see a rheumatologist. The doc does not want to
increase the dose of Colchimax so he can get a definitive diagnosis from the
rheumatologist based on the symptoms I guess.
To me the symptoms suggest that a
gout attack might be imminent and I may have to wait days if not a week to be seen
by a rheumatologist. Seems to me like I am taking a big risk so the doc can get
Not sure if I should just increase the does of
Colchimax?April 28, 2011 at 4:25 am #11530zip2playParticipant
I am fond of very high doses of cochicine… (they weren't always considered high, just since? the Cochrys nonsense) so if I were sure an attack was imminent, I would not hesitate to take 4 colchicine (2 mg.)?over 3 hours.
Why not start treatment with allopurinol?April 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm #11539sdgfrofgParticipant
I assume the rheumatologist is going to do a synovial fluid analysis. The doc suggested that the rhum would advise what medication I need to go on now. Everything is a bit difficult. I live in Spain and do not speak a word of Spanish so everything has to be translated back and forth by a third party.
Anyway the symptoms I was suffering seem to have subsided. Still mild aches in some of the joint in particular the toe joints and occasional twinge. UA levels have dropped today.
The bit I haven't got my head around yet is why the aches in my back and on one side of my chest. Also muscles in my legs were tingling.
Scared the bejesus out of me though…
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