HEAT - inhibit crystallization with heat - don't let your feet ever get cold

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Chili Palmer

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 21, 2013
Have you ever tracked your gout by season?
I get more gout in the winter, and believe that since it's a crystallization process, that keeping your feet warm inhibits crystal formation, and in fact,
heat can help crystals dissolve. That's my theory.
Don't let your feet get cold - if you do, you're on your way to an attack. Heat those puppies up before an attack, or, if you can tolerate it, during an attack.
Active Treatment; Put a therma-care heat releaser in both shoes during the day. Use a hot foot bath with epsom salts at night. Wrap 'em in therma-cares at bedtime.
Passive Treatment: I use extravagant insulated socks, multi-layer socks, sock liners, bottom of the shoe heat reflectors. I use socks that don't have a tight binding on the top, such as diabetic socks. During an attack, if you're overweight like me, take off clothes that might be tight and inhibit circulation. A belt that's too tight makes BP go up, and slightly inhibits circulation - but all the passive treatment methods add up. A little here, a little there, it makes a difference. Get comfortable!
Physical: I don't do cross-leg meditation, or otherwise restrict leg circulation by sitting in an office chair with my legs folded.
Psychological: I meditate about heat going to my feet.
It sounds funny, but in a quiet situation, especiallay
after you've applied the therma care, the effect of meditation can last after the therma care comes off.
Gout remedies are multi-factorial,
Cherry juice, tumeric, colchicine - none of them made a difference for me. They might add up for you. However, over 6 months, total abstinence from alcohol ( I went to AA) and a moderately vegetarian direction in diet helped. I still eat steak, just not very often. Gout has a very slow stimulus-response curve, but when I've had cold feet, and felt gout coming on, and stopped what I was doing and dealt with it, attacks have been prevented, and I can feel it in 3-4 hours. I've never tried this on a full-blown case of gout, and would like to hear anyone's experience.
My heart goes out to those suffering this, and my remedy isn't going to work in every case. Obviously, if heat hurts, don't do it.
Good luck to you!

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