Patient Comments: Gout - Symptoms

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Comment from: Bigbird, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 18

I am just getting over a severe gout attack that took me over a day to get under control. I have had a few over the years but this one snuck up on me and I had to really work at it to get the pain under control. My secret to quick and effective control is colchicine and I can usually get the pain subsiding in a couple of hours. The drawback is that it can affect the stomach if abused so I try to limit myself to 6 pills per incident. This time it took 8. Some soreness will remain in the joint for a few days but nothing like the original attack where even a bed sheet touching it was excruciating pain. I have isolated the cause to be a certain brand of rum and the high fructose content of coca cola. Sadly, these items will have to be eliminated from my diet if I want to prevent future attacks.

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Comment from: Kats n dogs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I suffer from gout, as did my mother. Mine, however, did not start in my big toe; it started in the toe next to it on both of my feet. I take 1 tbsp of concentrated cherry juice twice a day at the first sign of a flare-up and 1 tbsp of concentrated cherry juice once a week as a preventative method. So far it has worked.

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Comment from: Babyface, 65-74 Female Published: December 06

I was born and reared in the South and enjoy home-cooked soul food that is well-seasoned. I am 73 and never had any problems until now. My feet are swollen and burn, my thumb hurts, and it's hard to screw off and on tops of containers and jars.

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Comment from: bhdj, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I am a 71-year-old male. My gout is in my big toe on the left foot. It just recently started. My doctor has me on 50 mg of indomethacin three times per day. I am on my third day of taking it, and so far I can tell no difference. This is the first time that I have had it. I had something in my big toe on my right foot a couple of years ago. I soaked it in hot Epsom salt water and it went away. I tried that this time but it didn't work.

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