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Thanks for the link Odo.
Your refernce to diet helping this condition confuses my diet even more. Is it posible to have a diet that will help in weight loss, NAFLD and Gout prevention. Should I just eat cardboard?
Either way your SUA needs to be brought under control but loss of 2-3 months won't be end of the world. So you could wait two months to see if your liver is back to normal.
Thanks VG that is what I wanted to hear. I will err on the cautious side and have a blood test in 2 months and see what the resukts are.
BTW I am not a big guy, I just put on too much weight over 2 years. I am 59 and weighed 13 St. 3llbs and am now 12 1/2 st. thing is I am small boned and did s*d all for a year or so. Crash diet, lots of exercise and with the warm weather we've had,I sweated a lot. I'm hoping that I brought on most of my problems and with a more moderate regime hope not to have any more attacks.
Obviousl that is withful thinking but now I have the liver to worry about although TBH I haven't a clue what is the matter if at all. He asked if I drank a lot of alcohol (which I don't) and talked about faty deposits. Too much to take in I'm afraid.
Zip. He won't give me Allo any sooner than 4-6 weeks because of experiences he said he's had of prescibing it too soon after a Gout attack.
In the meantime I have had an Xray (to eliminate injury) and had another SUA, as my first showed 428 (7.2) during my attack. This one should be more conclusive.
I will carry on with the supplements only because I have already bought them.
One last question. Do you have joint aches following an attack, when the swelling, redness and pain have subsided.
Zip, see my post on the side effects post. Obviously the dosage recommendations are different from UK to where you are. Reading some Google hits on Colchinine. One can get a bit scared to take too many, perhaps my pain (although bad) is not enough to chance exceeding dosage.
In time I will learn. Although I pray that this is my first and last episode. With the Allo (when I start) and my stricter diet am hoping (or am I kidding myself)
I was told by the GP to take one 500 mcg tablet up to four times a day but not more than 12 tablets in one course. Then leave for 3 days and resume again if pain persists. I have read this is the prescribed dosage in the UK. I have now completed that first course and am 80% free of pain and no swelling. The only pain I still have is on the bunion and ball of foot. With any luck I hope to be OK in the morning. OR wait till Friday to resume tablets.
As I have said in previous posts, I don't know if I hindered a quicker relief by being mobile. Is rest that important for the pills to work?
BTW after 12 tablets I still have no runs. Fancy praying for the trots. Kinky eh?
Thanks limpy. I did return to the chemist and confirmed that they are correct. Obviously the 500 mcg tablets are tiny in UK. So they are the right pills,just don't work.
Do you think that I could have hindered their effectiveness by being mobile.
As I have not suffered from the runs and my pain has only ben relieved by perhaps 50% after 11 tablets, do you think a) I have been given the wrong tablets by pharmacy b) I am just one of those that it cannot help c) it may start to work after my last tablet d) I will have to wait a few days before I restart the Colchinine and then it will worlk.
BTW my pills are the smallest tablets I have ever seen – slightly larger that a pin head. Does that sound right.
I have to admit that I have not just been sitting around. Is total rest a prerequirement of the tablets?
4 days since the outbreak of my first attack and I am still in pain. I am nearing the end of my prescribed 12 Colchinine tablets and then I am advised to stop them.
I am 60% relieved but the pain is persisting on my bunion and ball of foot. I don't have any swelling and assume at least the drugs do work but where do I go from here. I am told to stay off the Colchinine for 3 days but will the whole episode start again or will the 12 pills inside of me continue to improve my condition or will it only continue to improve when I restart them after 3 days.
Zip suggest in another post that the relief seems to coincide with the loose bowels motions (I cannot spell d******) which so far I have not experienced – lucky or not?
Further help / advice welcome please.
Another day of pain and no apparent relief from my anti-inflamitary drugs (Naprosyn)
I couldn't wait till next week and phoned GP as I knew my results were in. No appointment was available but he did ring me.
I was told that my count was a little high (I forgot to ask the figure, I will next time) and was prepared to confirm it as gout. He made me a prescription for Colchinine and I am to see him end of next week – hopefully normal. He said on the phone that he won't prescribe Allopurinol till the gout has subsided plus 6 weeks.
Is his procedure in line with your recommendations and why such a long wait for the Allo. He said that Allo shouldn't be taken whilst one is having an attack, is that normal.
BTW, I have afith in my GP but value your advice/feedback.
Not what I wanted to hear Zip. Are you saying that the crystallization on my toe will be there for life (if not somewhere else already) and no medicine or self help can irradicate it. Is it innevitable that I will have subsequent attacks even on a Gout conscious diet and/or medication.
I have suffered with foot cramps for some while, is there any connection?
Thanks Trev, I will be back in a week after my results.
In the meantime I have my mouth under the hosepipe and and woofing down the fruit and veg. Trying the Bicarb three times a day and have just bought a dozen lemons.
Hopefully the sod will go down soon as the Naprosyn (which I take for my back) has not helped yet. I may skip that and go on the Ibufren.
Thanks again Odo.
Can you guys tell me please what monitoring aids should I arm myself with. I live in UK and am unable to purchase litmus paper to measure acid in my urine and thought that would be my only indication as to whether my new diet was winning or not.
I have a week before returning to GP to get my blood results but would like to see something for myself. What can I buy?
Thanks Odo. If you say that I was responsible for bringing it on, is it not the case then that returning to a proper diet (which I was on for 59 years) and drinking more water. The problem can be kept at bay. Or is the first trigger a catalyst for more attacks regardless. Are the crystals around the problem area formed during the neglectful month or would they have formed over many years and can they disappear or are they there for good waiting to flare up again.
Sorry for the simplification but I really am in the dark with this. This fitness regime has done me no good at all. I was better off “fat”