December 29, 2008 at 7:25 pm #2769Al O’PurinolParticipant
I was diagnosed with hemochromatosis 20 years ago and have regular phlebotomies. I’ve suffered from gout attacks for the last 5 years – although more frequently lately. I was wondering if any other of members of this forum have similar conditions? And have you received any associated treatments?
December 30, 2008 at 6:40 am #4011Keith TaylorKeymaster
Hemochromatosis is excess iron in the body. If you search for iron, using the search box near the top of this page, you will see several references to the potential for excess iron to cause gout.
There is also a strong link to pseudogout, so it pays to have your joint fluid analyzed by a rheumatologist to be certain that your attacks are true gout, pseudo gout, or a mixture of both.
In fact, the oxidative damage from excess iron may play a significant part in diseases of many organs (brain, heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas, spleen, etc.)
Excess iron is a little known curse of the typical Western diet. Next time you go shopping try the “Where am I being nailed” game. How many products can you spot with added iron? Once you get to 5 (should take less than 1 minute), feign a heart attack, crippling gout attack, or some other serious disease. When you get the store managers attention, ask her why she's killing her customers (note for UK readers – if you're in the Co-op, the answer probably lies in their extremely lucrative funeral service)
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