Living With Gout

by KDB

Information about gout and the trials and triumphs I face as I suffer through it.

Gout is a painful type of arthritis that causes crystallization of high uric acid in your blood stream. Needle like crystals are deposited in the connective tissue between bones,the joints or both.
Uric acid is caused by the breakdown of purines which are naturally in your body and also in most foods.
Gout hits with severe bouts of redness, swelling, warmth, pain, and inflammation in one or more joints.
Most commonly the big toe but other joints may also be involved.
I get it on the tops/sides of my feet.
I don't mind telling you it is the WORST pain on earth!

I might have known I would get this disease too since my father had it and so does my mother but I guess we hope that we'll dodge the bullet!
Anyway, it is not easy to live with but I have learned a few things and I will keep trying to implement them DAILY until my situation improves.

Wikipedia

Gout is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint. The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is the most commonly affected. However, i...

My Gout Diet:

  • eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • eat 2-3 servings of meat, fish, poultry, eggs
  • walnuts, flaxseed (healthy fats)
  • drink WATER, TEA, JUICE daily
  • NO alcohol
  • TRY hard to get active DAILY

HELPFUL Diet LOW in Purines

  • Fresh cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and other red-blue berries
  • Bananas (I don't eat because they elevate potassium)
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage, parsley, green-leafy vegetables
  • Pineapple (high in bromelain)
  • High Vitamin C foods: red peppers, red cabbage, tangerines, oranges
  • 8 glasses of water a day
  • Low-fat dairy products (only 1/2 cup dairy a day which I get from cheeses)
  • Breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits and veggies
  • Chocolate, cocoa
  • Coffee, tea (only herbal teas now-occasionally a coffee)
  • Pop (DON'T drink except occasionally) 
  • Tuna and salmon, flaxseed, nuts, seeds (essential fatty acids)
  • Tofu (I DON'T eat) 

 

IMPORTANT: purines are found in all protein foods

Gout: Home Remedies

  • Drink 8 to 16 cups (about 2 to 4 liters) of fluid daily (at least half water).
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Eat protein, from healthy sources (low-fat or fat-free dairy, tofu, eggs, and nut butters).
  • Limit intake of meat, fish and poultry to 4 to 6 ounces (113 to 170 grams).
  • Vitamin C
  • Lemon juice
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries and other RED berries
  • Black Cherry Juice
  • Keep legs elevated
  • High fibre diet
  • Grapes
  • Nettle
  • warming the affected joints
  • increasing the alkalinity of body fluids (1/2 tsp baking soda in glass of water)-should be taken on an empty stomach

Use PH test strips to check urine regularly.

My trials and Tribulations

of life with Gout

I SUFFER from gout pain in my feet. Usually one or the other but the latest attack has come in both at once. It is my own fault I know because I can't stay hydrated and I've come to understand that EVERY time I get dehydrated the foot pain will begin.  How better to see that it NEVER leaves me. At best I only keep the pain at bay by DRINKING enough fluid EVERY day.

I'm NOT very good at that.

BUT the alternative is PAIN, which I HATE very much and can't endure very well either.

So the answer is that I MUST keep drinking water, tea, sometimes juice, fruit smoothies (to get the berries and cherry that remedy the pain), and maybe even eat fruit like grapes and watermelon.

I AM trying but some days it is just sheer frustration and I revert to bad habits once again.

One of these days I hope to get over myself and just GET ON WITH IT!

My Pages

The Fight of My Life
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This blog is for rants and venting when I am in frustration and depression about the struggle and the feelings I express at those times. Also ideas and funeral plans go here...I'm sometimes morbid...or maybe just realistic!

Crunchings and Munchings
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Updated: 06/07/2012, KDB
 
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