I was first diagnosed with gout while being treated for colitis. Prior to being hospitalized for colitis, I had been out of town and was having severe pain in my right big toe. The toe was swollen and red. I had suffered from occasional severe pain and swelling in my big toe for years, but I hadn’t gone to the doctor thinking it was an irritation from my shoe or too long on my feet. But when I was hospitalized for colitis, I asked the doctor to look at my toe and he sent me for an X-ray and then a blood test, which measured the amount of uric acid in my blood. While my uric acid levels weren’t extremely high, he explained that there appeared to be evidence of gout on the X-ray. The nurse explained that it was sort of like a needle poking up toward my skin, which is why it was so painful and swollen.
I began taking a medication called Colcrys, which only helped a little. As usual I just lived with the pain, but one night I was in a lot of pain and the swelling was pretty bad. One of my children had destroyed a clean disposable baby diaper, and as I was cleaning up the mess, I had an idea. I poured very hot water in a large pan and added the inner absorbent contents of the diaper to the hot water. Then I added some Epsom salts and a little bit of scented baby oil for my own smelling pleasure. I soaked my feet in the concoction and as the baby diaper filler soaked up the water it swelled up around my foot and it was like a million little tiny massages going on all over my feet. It provided rapid relief. While the pain wasn’t completely gone, it was greatly reduced.
In my opinion, not my doctor’s, my gout attacks seem to be triggered by high stress and/or long periods of standing. So whether the foot bath worked to relieve the stress or the actual pain, all I know is that it worked for me and maybe it will work for you! I would love to hear how it works for you!