Colchicine Side Effects

Colchicine side effects can prevent this gout medicine being used for pain relief.

Investigations leading to 2010 licensing of colchicine as Colcrys in the USA, have shown that some side-effects are due to the way colchicine has been prescribed in the past. Specifically, those gout studies found that the dose of colchicine was too high in many cases.

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Foods High In Uric Acid And Purines

Foods high in uric acid and purines form the conclusion of the High Purine Foods study, which is described below. This concludes the study: Purine-Rich Foods, Dairy and Protein Intake, and the Risk of Gout in Men.

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I flagged this article for review as part of my project to make this website easier for all gout sufferers. Therefore, I must make it clear that:

  1. This article is aimed at Gout Dieters. Specifically, gout sufferers who are actively monitoring the effects of their diet changes on their uric acid levels. Otherwise, gout sufferers interested in food should start at GoutPal Plan for Gout Foodies.
  2. Gout Dieters should seek high-protein, low-purine foods. But, they must recognize that vegetable purines do not raise uric acid. Because not all foods high in purines can be described as foods high in uric acid.
  3. Individual high protein foods from animals should not be omitted from your diet simply because they are high in purines. Because Gout Dieters must consider total diet and all factors that affect uric acid levels. Especially purine-rich flesh from overweight bodies.

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Thumb Tophi – Worst Symptom of Thumb Gout

Thumb tophi join the collection of lumps on the hand for victims of tophaceous gout.

As you can see from the photograph below, a thumb tophus can be particularly debilitating if it stops you gripping effectively.

The one shown below is not the worst I’ve seen, but bad enough to make you think twice about leaving your uric acid level above 5mg/dL.

Unfortunately, we do not have a corresponding photograph of the thumb after treatment, but almost all similar case studies show that the tophi dissolve if uric acid is maintained at a suitably low level. If you use the search boxes near the top and bottom of each page to search for lower faster, you will see that aiming for low uric acid is always a good idea when tophi are present.

Thumb Tophi Photograph

Thumb Tophi with Gout Crystals

Thumb Tophi Information

The photograph is one of a series of seven gout pictures from “A Photo Essay of Gouty Arthritis” in Consultant Live[1]. As this is not a regular gout case study, we do not have all the background. I have paraphrased the description of the photograph below, and you can see the original text if you click the photograph.

The thumb of a 70-year-old man shows a white patch surrounded by red inflammation.

The thumb was lanced, and fluid collected, which was analyzed under a microscope, revealing crystals. The crystals split polarizing light in a way that identified them as uric acid crystals. This confirmed a diagnosis of gout.

Results of tests showed a uric acid level of 8.5 mg/dL (0.51 mmol/L) in the blood. The original description refers to a normal range, which is meaningless. You will find information about why this is meaningless if you search for normal uric acid in the search box above or below.

Gout appears first in a single joint, for most gout patients. The essay mentions 70%, but there is no reference for this. Gout involving multiple joints is seen occasionally. This case, where gout is diagnosed despite no swollen joints, is rare.

Thumb Tophi: Next Steps

In this example, the patch of gout crystals is very clear, presumably due to skin bursting at some point. Often, the tophi show as lumps of varying size. If you have unusual growths on your thumbs, you should consult your doctor immediately. You do not have to become a Gout Victim. Also, see more facts for Gout Victims.

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Thumb Tophi References

  1. Original from Consultant Live article/10162/2103463. Now renamed Patient Care Online. Flagged for review to present PDF file.


Thumb Tophi Document Change History

Thumb Tophi Document Change HistoryTo read the document change history, click the GoutPal History image on the right.

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Herbal XOIs Green Tea & Resveratrol

Herbal XOIs Green Tea & Resveratrol explains how 2 herbal Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors (XOIs) can lower uric acid. Specifically, it describes studies of green tea leaf extract, and resveratrol.

Herbal XOIs Green Tea & Resveratrol Audience

Firstly, Herbal XOIs Green Tea & Resveratrol is aimed at Gout Herbalists. So, you should think about what type of gout sufferer you are. But, if you’re unsure, please read Questions for Gout Sufferers before reading this.

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Natural Remedy For Gout: Black Beans and Other Legumes

Introducing Black Bean Broth – A Natural Gout Remedy

Here is a natural remedy for gout that is quick and easy to make. Because black beans are rich in anthocyanins. Also, these natural anti-inflammatory substances are found in cherries, and many other dark berries. As well as several other legumes.

Black bean broth has become a common gout pain cure for many GoutPal readers. Since Metamorph kindly introduced it on the gout forum. So I present this simple recipe for a natural gout remedy.

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GoutPal Plan for Gout Foodies

Do you want to solve gout problems with food?
Then, GoutPal Plan for Gout Foodies is for you.
It is a 7 step plan to eat the right foods for gout.
Specifically, it gives you a logical approach to the best food choices for your gout.

GoutPal Plan for Gout Foodies Audience

I wrote GoutPal Plan for Gout Foodies for gout sufferers who are obsessed by food and want to lower uric acid. So, do you know which type of gout sufferer you are? Because, if not, you should read Questions for Gout Sufferers before you read this page.

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Uric Acid Arthritis – A Better Name For Gout

Uric Acid Arthritis

If we called gout uric acid arthritis would we get better treatment?

Gout is an old-fashioned word.

Through the ages it has been associated with pain, which is true.

It has also been associated with excessive luxurious living – the “rich man’s disease,” or “disease of kings,” which is less true.

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