A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor because I had gout. Which happened to hit me right as I was getting over the flu.
For those who haven't had it, all I can say is hope you don't... It is a form of preventable arthritis that is caused by crystalization of uric acid in the joints, and typically hits middle aged males, in one of their big toes.
Mine was a relatively mild case, but I will be watching my diet (reducing proteins, increasing fluids and a few other precautions). Some of the main foods to avoid are my favorites, scallops and shrimp.
But there is good news. While I was there I got a mini-physical, and my blood pressure is good, 110/74 (it has typically been pretty good anyway, but this is even lower than usual) and everything else (other than weight) looks good.
I have a lady friend who always minimizes cycling as exercise, and today the Doctor said I should spend more time cycling... So, the great news is that I can now say that an increase in cycling is due to doctor's orders!