My last experience with gout was in October 2013. I am a 69-year-old Afro-American male and I had my first experience with this dreaded, extremely painful disorder approximately 15 years ago.
At the time of my first experience with gout, I was not aware of what was happening to me. The attack lasted about a week and then disappeared as suddenly as it appeared. This episode manifests itself in my right big toe and was extremely painful to the touch.
Many people, especially close family members have a variety of tales to spin about this disorder, mainly old wives tales and other uninformed hand-me-down information related to this disorder.
When my latest bout with the gout occurred in October, since I am a Vietnam Era Veteran, I decided to have the Loma Linda VA Medical facility check me out. That facility is an outstanding medical center and in my book, number one in the nation.
This time it started in my right hand. It took four days for me to finally realize that the pain was not going to go away. While the gout started in my right hand, it eventually spread down to my right knee and then down to both ankles. The pain was so severe that I could hardly stand and it was extremely difficult to move around.
The doctors and other medical staff were able to quickly diagnose what my problem was after a few tests and prescribe the correct treatment for the disorder.
What is gout?
During my latest bout with the gout I was able to obtain some education on the subject. Gout simply put is a build up of crystals in the bone joints set off by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. If you have never experienced the pain sensation associated with this disorder, I pray you never will.
How Was This Condition Treated?
After determining that my uric acid level was high and finding crystals in my blood specimen the doctors decided my best course of treatment was to start me on a medication called Colchicine to relieve the immediate symptoms and follow up with maintenance doses if Allopurinol.
By following the doctor’s orders concerning the prescriptions and diet I have not had a reoccurrence of any of the symptoms of the gout Praise God!
Understanding A Few Dietary Facts Concerning Gout
One thing I have always heard about the gout was to stay away from shellfish. The truth is to be on the safe side it is recommended you monitor foods you eat that usually contain a high level of uric acid. What surprised me was to find that some of my favorite vegetables such as mushrooms, asparagus and some dark green leafy vegetables fall into this category.
There is a lot of good information on the Internet concerning the gout disorder.