David

Sandycroft, UK

#226 Jan 27, 2014
Hi,
Found the info on this site excellent and very informative however like the 'good food lists' you see on line a little contradictory and I'm not sure if I should start taking allopurinol or now.
I recently had an attack for 2 weeks - in hindsight I had one about 3 years ago and just 'rode it out' albeit I remember thinking I had fractured my foot at the time.
My doctor has just given me colchicine to help at the attack stage and whilst this has subsided the acute atack, my toe joint is still massive and slightly pink, albeit not causing me any pain.
The DR is advising to start the allopurinol now, I'm not sure it;s actually gone away fully for the above reasons, has anyone got any experience in this type of situation? I get married in 3 weeks and whilst I'm keen to get the correct treatment for the ong term, I'd rather be as I am now in a little pain with the ponk and enlarged toe, than back on crutches.
Any ideas? Thanks a lot

“Prevent Gout”

Since: Aug 10

Arvada, CO

#227 Jan 27, 2014
@David

Yes, ideas:

What level did your blood uric acid levels test at? How old are you? How much water do you drink? How would you describe your diet? What is your level of stress? Are you obviously exposed to toxic chemicals now or in the past? How much and what kind of exercise do you do? How would you describe your sleep habits?

If you are already in your 40s and and your UA levels are about 8 and you have poor habits in more than half of these areas, go ahead and get on allopurinol. Otherwise you can plan on the attacks becoming more frequent and severe.

Good luck.
ATX-GoutSucks

Austin, TX

#228 Jan 28, 2014
David,
I went on allopurinol after my attack had sub-dued, which took about two weeks. It wasn't 100% gone, but daily life was basically restored (I could walk without horrible pain, etc.).

I stayed on Colcrys for another 2 months and I never had a gout outbreak. During my outbreak and for a few weeks after, I basically became a vegetarian and didn't drink alcohol to minimize risks of flare ups, especially going onto Allopurinol. After two weeks on Allopurinol, I had a business trip to Japan where I drank limited alcohol, had some sushi (although none of the real notably bad ones) and ate chicken and beef. No issues.

Throughout the weeks after, I increased my eating and drinking to normal pre-gout levels being mindful of organ meat. No issues at all now. I eat occasional shell fish as well. I basically don't worry about it as my doctor said with my sub-5 UA levels, I shouldn't have an attack. If I end up with another attack, I would modify life style a bit, but for now, I'm not really worrying about it.

Good luck.ii If you're UA is near or above 8, I really think you have no choice but Allopurinol.
Martin

Cape Town, South Africa

#230 Feb 19, 2014
I suffered for years and actually attacked doctor's who kept prescribing Alupurinol as Yes ,it does trigger more attacks.Went and see a specialist who added colchichine and light anti inflammatory pills together with alupurinol !!! It work -and i have ugly knobs on my feet from gout -Great combo however i am soon to leave the anti inflam pills
Clive

Cape Town, South Africa

#231 Feb 20, 2014
I have suffered from chronic gout for twenty five years, ranging from being mobile to completely immobile with both large toe joints and knee joints in both feet and legs being affected. I have been on Allopurinol (Puricos) 100 mg for the past two years and have since then only experienced one very minor gout attack. As I never knew what triggered an attack I don't avoid any food or drink. I have always enjoyed wine and beer and now I can eat and drink whatever I like without a gout attack. I might die of liver dysfunction but not gout!
Ben

London, UK

#232 Feb 28, 2014
David Smith Beardwood wrote:
Hello I hope someone can answer my question. I have been suufering from gout attacks for around two years. My specialist has put me on Allopurinol 100 mg tablet per day. There is a marked difference and my uric acid levels are reduced. Still get attacks but understand this is part of the healing process. Can anyone throw light on how long I am likely to be on the drug before the uric acid levels have dropped to a normal level?
I suffered severe gout attacks for 14 yrs.Went to see a specialist and was advised to take Allopurinal every morning.I have now been taking it with my cuppa in the mornings and have not had an attack of gout for 16yrs.Believe me when I say severe attacks(could not walk,fluid in my elbows that made me look like the Elephant Man etc.)Allopurinol has been a god send and no side effects.Please listen to me and take one tablet everyday.You will thank yourself.I can enjoy a beer,still eat red meat and no problems,16 yrs of normal living.So cheers to a gout free life.
QUO

Barrie, Canada

#233 Mar 4, 2014
Just an update for you all. I've been on 300 mg Allopuranol since Dec 11/14 and my Uric acid level went from 5.85 down to 2.72 so things are moving along really well. I never went on Cholchicine when I started Allopuranol and wish I had now. I've had a few flair ups the past month alone as the uric acid crystals are dissolving since the Uric acid level is below 6 ( 2.72 now) Cholchicine as I understand is suppose to prevent these flairups so it's my fault that I wasn't taking it as well. Maybe it would've prevented the pain I was experiencing the past couple of days.36 Hrs ago I went on 1.2mg per day of Cholchicine and the pain is pretty much gone so I'll continue with both meds for now. In about 3 months I'll go off the Cholchicine and remain on the 300 mg a day of Allopuranol and hopefully I won't have anymore flairups. I'll report back in a few months.
Q
QUO

Barrie, Canada

#234 Mar 4, 2014
reedycola wrote:
Im 48 and have suffered with gout for 23 years. ive been allorpurinol for 4-5 months. I started on 100mg and have increased to 400mg in incremnets of 100mg. Im still suffering attacks, got my foor alevated as we speak. I optimistic that allorpurinol is the furture. Ive read many personal testomonies and think once my level in right i will be free from the beast. There is one concern my uric acid level is at 3 and im still endurinmg an attack...
Try going on 1.2 mg of Cholchicine a day for a few months as well . This seems to be the KEY for the first few months to prevent flairups as the Allopuranol is dissolving uric acid crystals in the joints that have accumulated over timeAllopuranol should start to dissolve uric acid crystals when the level is below 6 so you can expect flairups till all the crystals have dissolved. Taking Cholchicine with Allopuranol for the first few months will help.

Q.

“Prevent Gout”

Since: Aug 10

Denver, CO

#237 Mar 5, 2014
@QUO - allopurinol doesn't "dissolve" uric acid crystals.

http://thegoutkiller.com/gout-treatment/gout-...
QUO

Barrie, Canada

#239 Mar 13, 2014
PreventGout wrote:
@QUO - allopurinol doesn't "dissolve" uric acid crystals.
http://thegoutkiller.com/gout-treatment/gout-...
What I meant to say is that it will dissolve Tophi over time. Thanks for the correction.
QUO

“Prevent Gout”

Since: Aug 10

Denver, CO

#240 Mar 14, 2014
@QUO - sorry but that is not true either. Not that I am the only example it's not, but I had 3 surgeries for tophi years ago and was on allopurinol for a few years after that and I still have some small lumps that have never gone away. The only thing that is out there that has actually been documented to "dissolve" tophi is pegloticase (Krystexxa) and that doesn't always work either. Here is a post from my site about a gout guy who lost the battle in every way and he was on a pro bono trial of Krystexxa - check out how things ended up for him:

http://thegoutkiller.com/blog/what-is-gout/ca...
QUO

Barrie, Canada

#241 Mar 15, 2014
PreventGout wrote:
@QUO - sorry but that is not true either. Not that I am the only example it's not, but I had 3 surgeries for tophi years ago and was on allopurinol for a few years after that and I still have some small lumps that have never gone away. The only thing that is out there that has actually been documented to "dissolve" tophi is pegloticase (Krystexxa) and that doesn't always work either. Here is a post from my site about a gout guy who lost the battle in every way and he was on a pro bono trial of Krystexxa - check out how things ended up for him:
http://thegoutkiller.com/blog/what-is-gout/ca...
http://www.goutpal.com/668/uric-acid-crystals...

Starting to work for me
QUO

Barrie, Canada

#242 Mar 15, 2014
Starting to work for me soooo every case is not the same.

http://www.goutpal.com/668/uric-acid-crystals...

QUO

“Prevent Gout”

Since: Aug 10

Parker, CO

#243 Mar 15, 2014
@QUO

Good luck with it.
Ryan

Thunder Bay, Canada

#244 Mar 18, 2014
Has anyone used the out with gout... http://remedieshealth.com/gout Does it work well?
Very Helpful Thread

Tobaccoville, NC

#245 Apr 9, 2014
Minus the PreventGout troll hawking his relatively lame book and hydration theory.

I am beginning the process of dealing with gout, had a couple of attacks over the last few months. In my case, they seem to be stress-related, as I cannot correlate them with alcohol (recent attack came 6 days after I had any alcohol at all), or related to high-impact exercise - I love racquetball and I am hoping that I do not have to give it up due to gout.

I have my uric acid tested 2 times in 5 months, each time around 7 (6.9, 7.1). Is this so high that I should be on allopurinol? My most recent attack was controlled quickly with Colcrys, and it didn't really hurt that bad, but I am concerned that it will get worse as I age (I am 34 now).

Particularly interested in thoughts / recommendations from ATX-GoutSucks and ChuckB as they seem to be very thoughtful / genuine. Stevemucci, what made you start Allopurinol - seemed like you had it under control on your own anyway? Do you think you should have started it sooner?

BTW - the theory that drugs are 'credit cards' is baloney. Allopurinol seems to be a very specific drug that targets the specific enzymes involved in the gout pathway, but then again, I am no doctor. A more appropriate analogy would be failing to recognize the issue, ignore gout and then all of the sudden try to treat the symptoms when the disease has progressed to an unmanageable point.

Also, does anyone know if Allopurinol helps to mitigate some of the co-morbidities caused by gout (heart disease, etc)? It seems as though if you treat the problem of high uric acid via something like allopurinol, then you would lessen the adverse effects of uric acid. Curious as to what others think.

Bert, if you try to sell me your gypsy water I will flag you.

Since: Apr 14

Tobaccoville, NC

#246 Apr 9, 2014
Minus the PreventGout troll hawking his relatively lame book and hydration theory.

I am beginning the process of dealing with gout, had a couple of attacks over the last few months. In my case, they seem to be stress-related, as I cannot correlate them with alcohol (recent attack came 6 days after I had any alcohol at all), or related to high-impact exercise - I love racquetball and I am hoping that I do not have to give it up due to gout.

I have my uric acid tested 2 times in 5 months, each time around 7 (6.9, 7.1). Is this so high that I should be on allopurinol? My most recent attack was controlled quickly with Colcrys, and it didn't really hurt that bad, but I am concerned that it will get worse as I age (I am 34 now).

Particularly interested in thoughts / recommendations from ATX-GoutSucks and ChuckB as they seem to be very thoughtful / genuine. Stevemucci, what made you start Allopurinol - seemed like you had it under control on your own anyway? Do you think you should have started it sooner?

BTW - the theory that drugs are 'credit cards' is baloney. Allopurinol seems to be a very specific drug that targets the specific enzymes involved in the gout pathway, but then again, I am no doctor. A more appropriate analogy would be failing to recognize the issue, ignore gout and then all of the sudden try to treat the symptoms when the disease has progressed to an unmanageable point.

Also, does anyone know if Allopurinol helps to mitigate some of the co-morbidities caused by gout (heart disease, etc)? It seems as though if you treat the problem of high uric acid via something like allopurinol, then you would lessen the adverse effects of uric acid. Curious as to what others think.

Bert, if you try to sell me your gypsy water I will flag you.

Apologies for the repost, wanted to do it under my username and not as a guest.

“Prevent Gout”

Since: Aug 10

Denver, CO

#247 Apr 9, 2014
No problem weeeyums, I hope you get the relief you're looking for.

“Prevent Gout”

Since: Aug 10

Parker, CO

#248 Apr 9, 2014
Oh weeeyums (weeeyums? where did that come from?)

I was thinking about it and there is something that you might be interested in ... at least the National Center for Biotechnology Information is:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2...

Oh and, go ahead and flag me, I don't mind.
Payload

Wake Forest, NC

#249 Apr 10, 2014
David wrote:
Hi,
Found the info on this site excellent and very informative however like the 'good food lists' you see on line a little contradictory and I'm not sure if I should start taking allopurinol or now.
I recently had an attack for 2 weeks - in hindsight I had one about 3 years ago and just 'rode it out' albeit I remember thinking I had fractured my foot at the time.
My doctor has just given me colchicine to help at the attack stage and whilst this has subsided the acute atack, my toe joint is still massive and slightly pink, albeit not causing me any pain.
The DR is advising to start the allopurinol now, I'm not sure it;s actually gone away fully for the above reasons, has anyone got any experience in this type of situation? I get married in 3 weeks and whilst I'm keen to get the correct treatment for the ong term, I'd rather be as I am now in a little pain with the ponk and enlarged toe, than back on crutches.
Any ideas? Thanks a lot
I would recommend not to start allopurinol until after 3weeks that your Gout symptom free. The reason being is that it stimulates hypersensitivity. It's found in the product insert. Also I would recommend Indomethacin 50mg for the pain and it also helps control Gout. Don't take anything with High fructose corn syrup and drink Alcaline water.- Had Gout since 20yrs old em 38now. My allopurinol is at 400mg

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