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An update :-
Blood test results today:- Urate 201; liver and kidney function fine. ( Urea 4.2)
I have had continuing discomfort in lower legs,ankles and feet but I’ve had that in varying degrees over the years whilst I was trying to control gout with diet,suppltements and herbs . Eventually I ran out of luck and had to see a rheumatologist hence the Febuxstat which I have been taking for approx 4 weeks .
I have been monitoring my U A levels since and they initially came down to 130 and remained around that ;the reading of 200 was from the G P today.
To ease the discomfort which could possibly be due to U A dissolving out of the body a therapist utilised Acupressure Taping ( KINESIO TEX GOLD) on my ankles,instep and foot arch yesterday morning. During the evening and through the night this specific area became painful which caused me to remove the tape- the area under the tape was warm but otherwise normal. The feeling is that this tape ,acting on the acupuncture pts, “drew out” U A resulting in a reduced and defined ( by area) gout attack DESPITE the low level of U A in the blood! The area of the ankles still exhibits deposits of tophi although limited.
May I please have your comments re my progressf along the path and this little possible flare up?
Thanks Keith. Most helpful.
I have read the info on lowering U A and would ask your opinion please on the following:-
1. would the use of a far-infrared Sauna help in removing the U A which is leaving (hopefully) the various parts of my body;
2.when my rheumatologist examined me and used ulra- sound he started me on Febuxstat but there was no urine test as mentioned
in this site-should there have been ( I also had an injection to prevent a “flare-up”);
3.I have been taking the medication for a month now – is it time for a blood test and should I request a “full spectrum” test in
addition to lipids.kidney and liver function?
Is there any evidence or speculation to support a connection between cholesterol ratios and U A?
Thankyou for replies. Obviously my first reply wasn’t registered,viz: i have deposits on both my ankles but they are recent,ie towards the end of 2011.
The info so far is great in that it removes the unknown and hence the fear!