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  • in reply to: Gout symptoms/UA tests/diagnosis/HELP please #8300

    Hi Kiwiken!

    “(Approximately 15 years ago I had two gout incidents in my big toe, but was never warned about possible future consequences)”

    Were they certain it was gout then?

    “The knee has remained slightly swollen for the past 9 days, the area of pain is very general – inside and all around the knee but internal, but not sore to touch”

    Every attack I've had was EXTREMELY painful to touch.

    And I agree with cjeezy, with a UA level that low it seems rare that it would be gout.  However, with that being said, there are cases where you can have a high UA level and not get gout, or you can have a low UA level and get it.  That's why I'm curious if they were certain it was gout 15 years ago.

    You also mentioned the fact that you worked very hard that day.  Maybe you injured your knee somehow?  You mentioned the x-rays showed nothing wrong, but if you have ligament or tendon damage I don't think they would show up on an x-ray.  I may be wrong though.

    If I were you, I would see another doctor.  See if they can explain it.

    Good luck, I know it can really suck.

    in reply to: New to gout-pal and just wanted to say hello! #8201

    You are absolutely right, Odo.  I will be the first to admit that I like to live in a world of denial.  I don't know how to explain it, but something has just clicked in my head.  It's like I have finally woken up to face the music.

    It's VERY hard for me to give up the things that make me feel good.  Drinking, smoking, eating giant steaks and sitting around playing video games.  But, alas, it is time…

    However, I was only diagnosed with gout about 3 years ago.  I can't tell you how many ER and urgent care doctor's I went through until one FINALLY got it right.  Until then, I had never even heard of gout.  Most were testing me for STD's, fluid in my knees, and taking xrays to look for joint damage.  See, mine started in my knees and not in my toes like most people.  I guess they just figured I was way too young for it to be anything else.  One, bless her heart, finally ordered blood tests for me and sure enough, my uric acid level was about 8mg/dl.  She said, “You have gout.”  She prescribed me Indocin and Colchicine and the pain subsided.

    So, all I can do is move forward.  But the web is verconfusing about what to eat and what not to eat.  One website will tell you to stay away from something when the very next website will say it's OK to eat.Confused  It's very baffling.  For example, I've read I have to stay away from whole grains?  Seriously?  Whole grains?!  Isn't that one of the healthiest things you can eat?  You're seriously telling me to eat white bread instead?!  And what about slamon?  I love salmon and really don't want to have to give that up!

    I am going to start taking the AlloP after this attack subsides.  Is it 1 week or 2 weeks after an attack you have to wait to start?  I've already had the preliminary bloodwork done to make sure my liver and kidneys are in good shape and everything looks great.  The script is ready to be filled.

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