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    Laid up this weekend with gout

    First attack in almost 4 years. Very frustrating. Taking anti inflammatory drugs, drinking cherry juice, and cutting out beer. But I would rather be riding.

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    That stinks. I'm on allopurinol 300 mg daily and have my uric acid level under 6.0 mg/dL - no flare-ups in about five years. I had to give up beer and limit proteins to 25% or less to attain this. Hehe - I tried the cherry thing, too. Somehow I'd also had an idea that a maraschino cherry, as found in a banana split or in a cherry cordial, was what a cherry was. I was surprised that a natural cherry is a mouth-inverting sour yuk! Recently I was told that the allopurinol might not be needed much longer. The body eventually absorbs the uric acid crystals and as long as no more are being made, flare-ups can become impossible.

    Hang in there. This, too, shall pass. (But you do get to be a grouchy old buzzard with your foot propped up telling folks, "Don't bump me!")

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    had it in a big toe many years ago.
    like to died from pain.
    i eat much less red meat, now, and no more attacks.
    i feels fer ya.
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    been there, hope it clears up soon!

    my last bout, last summer, brought me over the edge so that anti inflammatories and cherry juice did nothing, had to go full on pharma with Colchicine. nasty on the tummy but it works. haven't signed up for a lifetime of allopurinol yet. but it may be in my future ...
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    I remember my first bout of gout... I went to the clinic and hobbled past 10 empty handicapped spaces to get it officially diagnosed.

    I have had a couple of recurrences, but the pill I take 1 per hour until symptoms disappears seem to work real well for me. Can't remember the name, but they slightly reformulated it recently, and so the generic is no longer available. After the first time, I don't hesitate to start medicating as soon as it starts to pop up again... which is only once a year or so... when I forget to avoid red meats and certain sea foods etc.
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    Sorry to hear, hope that if eases off quickly.
    As a fellow gout sufferer I can sympathise.
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    but you know what? gout never stopped me from cycling ...
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    but you know what? gout never stopped me from cycling ...
    Do tell. At the peak of the attack, I couldn't even get a running shoe on, let alone a cycling shoe.

    that said, this attack has me thinking about buying some SPD Sandals, just in case I have an attack on the eve of a big ride.
    Last edited by MRT2; 04-23-14 at 08:39 AM.

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    Feeling for you.

    I find that lemon juice helps, as does baking soda and water (disgusting taste, high in sodium)...
    I respond very fast and dramatically to the baking soda and water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Null66 View Post
    Feeling for you.

    I find that lemon juice helps, as does baking soda and water (disgusting taste, high in sodium)...
    I respond very fast and dramatically to the baking soda and water.
    hot? Cold? How much baking soda to how much water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    hot? Cold? How much baking soda to how much water?
    You're not gonna like this, but.

    I used a water glass and a teaspoon (rounded) mixed in.

    Salty as all get out, and will uh, clear your system (ahem).

    Took me from swearing when walking to having to re-tie shoes tighter in 20 minutes...

    <edit> room temp...

    Have water ready to chase it...

    <double edit>

    I only use this when it's bad...

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    Oh, and whatever you do, don't let yourself dehydrate on rides...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    Do tell. At the peak of the attack, I couldn't even get a running shoe on, let alone a cycling shoe.

    that said, this attack has me thinking about buying some SPD Sandals, just in case I have an attack on the eve of a big ride.
    I guess that wasn't a bad attack that I had. I hear what you are saying about putting shoes on. I have some that I prefer when I have an attack. One pair is extra large, another is stretchy. I use mini clips so I can wear whatever I want to bike.

    When it was really bad I could only wear flip flops. The triage nurse at the ER took one look at my foot in flip flops and saw me limping and knew right away. They were so nice. Even a lady in a wheelchair said she hoped I felt better soon. I felt so pathetic.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Null66 View Post
    Oh, and whatever you do, don't let yourself dehydrate on rides...
    No worries there. I am big on hydration. Since getting caught with just 2 small water bottles years back on a famous rural trail in Wisconsin, I now Always insist when I ride with the family that each person goes out with 2 full water bottles. My 12 year old son rolls his eyes and tells me nine of his friends pack water ever.

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