Patient Comments: Gout - Experience


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Comment from: Sonja Sanson, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 05

I was diagnosed in 2016 with gout. I had my first episode on 11-27-16, woke up with severe swelling, and pain in my right foot making it impossible for me to walk. I called to get doctor appointment, they told me to go to urgent care in which my husband had help me and took me. When I saw the doctor she asked me when it started, I told her I came home from work, went to sleep, and woke up to this. She drew my blood and took urine, and she told me she would call after getting results. She called, stated uric acid was high and I had gout, and sent prescription to pharmacy for colchicine. I have had no episode up till recently, on 6-28-18. I woke up to pain and swelling in right foot, took ibuprofen 800 mg for pain. It helped some but it is still swollen painful to touch or if try to put shoe or sock on it. I do not have any more of colchicine, I wonder if I can go to minute clinic at Walgreens, or CVS to get quick care and get prescription of medication that relieves pain and swelling right away.

Comment from: G, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I have been suffering from gout about 5 years now. The most recent attack was two weeks ago and to date I still have not fully gotten over it. Although I can walk now, it's the first time I got an attack in both feet. Wow, it's terrible. I take allopurinol but that didn't do much this time. I am looking for a solution.

Comment from: BillC, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I had my first case of gout about 30 years ago I was only in my 30s at the time. They did not know as much about it back then and I suffered for months before my now doctor found the cause and treated it with medicine. I did all the different drugs to get it under control and now I take 400 MG of allopurinol each day and have been for over 30 years. If I miss a dose I am in trouble. I eat right, watch my weight and exercise everyday which helps. I had a flare up about a month ago and quickly took some colchicine to get it under control. Mine is not food related, I just do not get rid of the uric acid in my system. It is the most ongoing painful thing I deal with every day.

Comment from: david, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I am sorry to say I have never watched my diet and the result of it has been, about every 6 months my gout will start to act up. At that point I will take one 100 milligram pill of indomethacin and I'm good for about another 6 months. When I first found out I had the gout about 26 years ago I would get a flare up once a week which left a huge lump on the side of my foot the size of a ping pong ball. It's still there, I need to have it removed.

Comment from: bonsaijames, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

This was my first experience with gout. I awoke from sleep with 8 of 10 pain in left big toe. I thought it was fractured, as I have done in the past, but couldn"t walk on it. I suffered for two days and went in to the doctor. It kept getting worse; anything touching it caused pain radiating up my leg. I have a new respect for gout sufferers as I treated many as a paramedic. It hurts so much the pinched nerve from a broken spine was muted. I thank all those who write in these posts. I just stopped eating candy. It is still difficult to walk but the pain is much easier while staying in my recliner, with foot elevated. Although when lowering to the ground my foot feels like fire and as if it will burst open from swelling. I use crutches to get around as long as it doesn"t bounce too much; way better than walking on it. I look at it as a blessing which has distracted my pain and spasms which eventually immobilizes me.

Comment from: frankintampa, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I have had gout for 25 years, the best thing to eat are fresh cherries.

Comment from: Florida Male, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

Painful is the best way to describe it. During a gout attack, the pain is overwhelming and it is difficult to explain to your spouse or partner. No over the counter, or prescription pain remedy works. The only immediate pain relief is soaking your affected foot in hot water with Epsom Salt. The pain will be reduced and it will allow the blood vessels to expand and flush out the uric acid in your blood with a lot of water. Also, wrapping your foot with a good heating pad is good as well. This way you can lay down and have your foot surrounded by heat. Things to avoid with gout pain relief: aspirin, ice, cold weather or even cold floors - keep it warm, no topical pain relief creams will be able to get deep enough. Heat is the best option with a lot of water.

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