Beer and gout relief - has anyone else experienced this

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Uk Dave

Sheffield, UK

#1 Feb 22, 2014
Can anyone make sense of this as it's totally confused me?- I had an attack of gout in my left big toe after 2 weeks of overdoing it at Xmas .(I,ve previously twice in the past 5 years had gout (after Xmas) but has never lasted more than 2 days and has been a mild attack) The 1 st day wasn't excruciating and it actually felt better as the day progressed. I am a regular beer drinker and had decided to completely change my ways and go 'cold turkey' abstaining from alchol and also do the low purine diet. As the week progressed, so did the gout, after 5 days I was in so much pain (it had also attacked my right toe) that I went to hospital who gave me cochliciline, it helped a bit and the swelling reduced but was still very painful even after 4 weeks. On the 4tth week I was so desperate and depressed that I went to the pub and downed 4 pints of beer and then came home and had a further 2 pints, and thought stuff the consequences it I' just want one night of mental relief. The next morning I woke up after a good sleep and to my amazement - no swelling, no pain and can even jump up and down on my tip toes! It's just as if the lack of beer made the gout worse and drinking beer resolved the gout. Am now just totally confused as it contradicts all the gout research I've done and am not sure what route to take. Has anyone else had this experience or has anyone got any suggestions.
Beacher1001

Los Angeles, CA

#2 May 5, 2014
That is crazy! What was the beer that you drank? Maybe something in it neutralizes uric acid.
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Bob220098

Los Angeles, CA

#3 May 21, 2014
Beer usually make Gout worse. There are several natural treatments. Check out http://naturalherbalremedies.us/natural-gout-... for a list of herbal things you can do.
Uk Dave

Sheffield, UK

#4 Sep 17, 2014
Hi thank you for your comments. The beer I drank was an English one called Worthingtons served at my local, I've cut down & changed my diet (not too drastically) but still drinking the same beer at the local once or twice per week, just had one very mild attack in August whist on holiday (& not drinking the Worthingtons) but only lasted 2 days. I'm still really confused by the episode earlier this year & I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to drink beer or Worthingtons to combat gout, whether it was a co incidence or not, I will never know & perhaps everyone reacts differently. But will see What the future brings.
Shaun

Toronto, Canada

#5 Sep 17, 2014
Uk Dave wrote:
Hi thank you for your comments. The beer I drank was an English one called Worthingtons served at my local, I've cut down & changed my diet (not too drastically) but still drinking the same beer at the local once or twice per week, just had one very mild attack in August whist on holiday (& not drinking the Worthingtons) but only lasted 2 days. I'm still really confused by the episode earlier this year & I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to drink beer or Worthingtons to combat gout, whether it was a co incidence or not, I will never know & perhaps everyone reacts differently. But will see What the future brings.
Hi Dave,

I've had that same experience several times over the years and it is difficult to explain for sure. But it may not be all roses and chocolate though. I'm not saying this will happen to you but gout generally gets worse, not better over time. Over the years I've lost weight, drank more water, quit alcohol, watched my diet ,etc and it still progressed relentlessly. I will be going on allopurinol shortly as I can't stand it continuing to destroy my life. I did find that losing significant weight and working out a lot kept it at bay for a couple of years but I'm in even better shape now and it continues almost daily unabated. Good luck to you though.

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