Patient Comments: Gout - Treatment

What treatment has been effective for your gout?

Comment from: sam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I read comments by westcoastin, 55-64 male (patient) published on October 21, and others, and I wonder how they got diagnosed with gout. My doctor called it gout, when I went to him about pain and inflammation (redness on top of foot) and pain in all the toes in the one foot, and some pain in the toes of the other foot. Despite calling it gout he suggested compression socks, orthotics for comfort, but no x-ray or other diagnostics. He did say to watch for food that can contribute, but the only high level food I eat is fish. Now, I am reading about gout and wonder if this is what I have.

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Comment from: bigtoe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I have been having some symptoms of gout in my big toe for about 6 months. I started taking 1000 MG of grapefruit seed extract for sinus issues and this has taken the pain in my big toe away, presumably because my body is more alkaline. I take two 250 MG pills, 2 times a day.

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Comment from: Mike, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I had my first attack of gout 17 years ago. I tried everything. I am not a fan of pills, so I started different natural treatments. I have found all natural tart cherry juice to work. I drink about an ounce or more a week depending on how much beer and steak I go through.

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Comment from: Clarence, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 18

I have never had a gout attack in 70 years but my father had them frequently. I am not overweight and never sit still. After an active day with drinking minimal water my foot had a numbness/charley horse like sensation, not painful but it was there. Within about 3 hours I could not walk on my foot. I remembered the gout of my father and read up on the causes. Food wise and alcohol wise I tend to be middle of the road some but not excessive. Then I noticed drinking water to flush the uric acid. So in the next 4 hours I drank as much water as I could, probably a gallon. Then I noticed my foot had a tingling -like mini touches (maybe blood circulation). After about a total of 8 hours my foot started feeling significantly better. After a full night's sleep I can barely tell I had a problem.

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Comment from: JP, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I have pain in the right sitting bone because of bursitis, more so when sitting. I have suffered from gout in the past and take allopurinol daily.

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Comment from: Steve, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I have had two bouts with the gout and now know the pain associated. I had blood work done with a 9 reading for uric acid. My doctor said that wasn't real high but I still got a second bout. I found that on the first case that cherries and the juice helped with treating it. Also I went on a diet not excluding the alcohol and a second bout accrued. I am now going to try the B -12s with extra B-6 and PABA. Hope this keeps me from starting medication. I am cutting the alcohol too!

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Comment from: kammeres, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

The cause of my gout symptoms is quite novel: in Feb 2007 while dancing in a nightclub with my wife, an extremely overweight woman lost her balance and stomped on my right foot. She went over 300lbs easily and was wearing high heel shoes, so the full force of her body weight was concentrated at the heel tip on the top of my foot. The next morning my foot was swollen so large I could not lace up my boot. It was very painful to walk on, also. The doctor diagnosed it as gout brought on by trauma and prescribed naproxen. The swelling went away after a week, but since that time I've had about five or six recurrent episodes in either foot brought on by seemingly nothing other than exposure to very cold temperatures or incidental impact of my foot against heavy objects in the course of my work. Episodes last about a week, and then pain and swelling subside. I found this site very helpful, I had never considered Aleve as a potential medicine for treatment.

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