Stubborn Gout: 2012 Update
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A recent comment from a reader about stubborn gout pain has set me thinking. I started writing a short comment reply, but as I thought about the problem, I realized that this subject deserves it's own article.
Tom wrote about his stubborn gout pain:
I have used prescription NSAIDS (Ibuprofen,Indicin, etc.) to successfully treat a gout attack that affected my toes, ankles and knees.
Second and subsequent gout attacks did not respond to NSAIDS and I tried fresh cherries, dried cherries and cherry juice concentrate. The Cherries worked at first and then failed to give relief.
Next, I tried Colchicine and that worked - with gastric upset side-effects.
I've also noticed a difference in pain treatment response to different attacks. The pain is caused by a complicated immune response that scientists...