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What Causes Gout

Written By: admin - Jul• 21•12

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes Gout and what can you do for it?
    My mother has gout in her foot, mostly her toes. What are the foods if any that they say to avoid? She says beef and high acid foods. What can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is caused by uric acid turning into crystals kind of like needles and stabbing into an area generally somewhere on the foot, but it once hit me in the hand.

      I suffer from it and I do mean suffer.

      I had an attack just 2 days ago on both sides of my ankle and it felt like someone took a hammer to both ankles and whacked away..it is excruciating and I read it gets worst with time. I had another attack about six weeks ago.

      Both of these came since I became a vegan (no animal food including eggs and dairy)

      In fact, one when I was on a juice fast consuming nothing but produce, so I am not so sure about that diet thing they tell you..

      It is the only thing I find is so pressing and painful that I must take a medical drug

      I do not take the daily one as someone took me it reaked havoc with them and I am afraid to take daily drugs, but when I get an attack I do take Colchicin..usually 3 of them and it goes away.

      Sometimes I take an anti- inflammatory drug. I am afraid to take this NSAIDs drug as my mother died and suffered on kidney dialysis which increases one's risk of heart attacks greatly. She had no prior heart problems and then 9 heart attacks in a year.

      Her doctor told her her kidneys were destroyed from taking motrin an antiinflamatory for arthritis. I am scared to take it as just diagnosed with diabetes which can destroy the kidneys too but the pain is so intense, I have to.

      Some say sour cherry juice and even all kinds of cherries/cherry juices help. My chiropractor said this helped one of his patients but it did not help me but then I did not do it consistently. One could take turmeric organic tincture as an herbal anti-inflammatory,

      However, I recently found out that there is hope of helping my diabetes, gout and other things.

      I am working towards this as it is hard to change one's lifestyle having became a vegan giving up all junk and fast foods and daily exercising etc and including juicing and a lot of produce and raw foods but am not there yet. I do see my blood sugar numbers dropping and my weight on the changes I have made so far.

      here is where your mom should go and read all the testimonies under gout

      http://www.hacres.com/testimonies/testimonies.asp?strterm1=&strterm2=Gout&submit1=Search

      the book is called the hallelujah diet..

      one could also substitute I think gabriel's cousens diet in his lean green crusine book as it also had successes on disease and is similar., yet somewhat different.

      Ask her to take the challenge and try it for 6 weeks and see what happens.

  2. QUESTION:
    What causes gout? I suffer from this quite severely and it comes on without warning.?
    I would love to know if anyone has a remedy without prescribed medicines.
    Thanks for any advise in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Never had it myself , but know those who did. I understand it comes from uric acid forming crystals in the flesh and causes hellacious pain. I am told cherries, cherry juice, cranberries and cranberry juice is a good remedy for the gout. My buddy found out he got it from drinking beer, and a fair amount of it. His darling bride said" maybe you should stop drinking", his immediate and firm reply was " it don't hurt THAT bad". He is funny. And sore.

  3. QUESTION:
    What causes gout and is it serious ?
    Is gout brought on by poor diet and alcohol,or is it in your genetic makeup ? My father had it,and now i fear i may have it too.Im not overweight,im a moderate drinker,and i would say my diet is fairly healthy,i exercise daily and im quite an active person,so what do you think ?

    • ANSWER:
      A "poor diet" in gout terms means any food or drink that
      1) dehydrates the body,
      2) adds purines to the body (which turn into uric acid),
      3) restricts the body from getting rid of uric acid

      So to say alcohol causes gout, well alcohol isn't going to add uric acid to your system, but it will dehydrate the body and restrict the body from getting rid of uric acid.

      Yes, I don't doubt that your genetic makeup could affect your body's ability to over produce or under expel uric acid.

      Here's my standard answer for gout questions on here, I've refined it to cover many topics over the past few months...

      Fellow gout sufferer here. I've discovered that there's a ton of people out there that get gout and just are not sure what to do. What can I eat, what meds are there, how do I avoid this, what causes gout, etc. So here's my information that I've learned in 10 years of fighting gout, and I seem to be getting it under control.

      Best website I’ve found so far: www.best-gout-remedies.com.

      For gout attacks, indomethacine and/ or colchicine. You'll need scripts from your dr. for these.

      For the rest of your life, do these things: drink lots of water, 1 oz for every 2 lbs of body weight, each day. Once or twice a day, sip on 8 oz of water mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Helps the body be more alkaline (opposite of acidic) and get rid of uric acid.

      Take allopurinol every day. Very inexpensive and no side effects, you’ll need a script for this. Helps the body get rid of uric acid.

      Take celery seed pills. These may help the liver not to create so much uric acid. For diet, stay away from things that dehydrate the body, like beer and coffee. Don't eat organ meats, high fructose corn syrup. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, cottage cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt in smoothies mixed with orange juice and fruit. Drink fruit juices that are 100% juice, V8 Fusion is my favorite, it comes in many flavors.

      Educate yourself on foods that are high in purines, avoid these foods as the body turns purines into uric acid.

      Good luck to you!

  4. QUESTION:
    What causes Gout and how can I alleviate it and prevent the attacks from occurring?
    How can I alleviate Gout

    • ANSWER:
      Essentially gout is caused by one of two things:

      1) Too much uric acid is produced
      2) Not enough uric acid is excreted

      Prevention is aimed at the these two:
      1) Either drugs to limit uric acid production; or take in less purine in the diet (which is a precursor) for the uric acid
      2) Drugs to increase excretion of uric acid

      Depending on the severity of the cause of (1) and/or (2) natural remedies and dietary change may be sufficient; if its more severe, then medications are needed.

  5. QUESTION:
    What causes gout after gastric bypass? Is it due to eating too much protein. Sometimes I get 75-95 grams?
    I had gastric bypass surgery, now I get 75-95 grams of protein a day. Should I cut back on the protein?

    • ANSWER:
      "What causes gout after gastric bypass? Is it due to eating too much protein." -- Gout is gouty arthritis, a kind of arthritis. It's caused by excess uric acid in the blood and this excess uric acid can form solid crystals that lodge in joints, particularly in those of the great toe. Your chances of getting gout are higher if you are overweight, drink too much alcohol, or eat too much of the foods that are high in purines. Some medicines, such as diuretics, can also bring on gout. Uric acid is the end product of the metabolism of purines. Your gout is not a result of having had bypass surgery.

      "Should I cut back on the protein?" -- Not unless advised to by your doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    What causes gout and how to prevent getting it?

    • ANSWER:
      Its caused by a build up of uric acid in the joints. Its caused by rich foods and alcohol.
      Prevention is moderation in food and drink;

  7. QUESTION:
    What causes gout and what can u do to prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a natural by-product of the metabolism of purines, which are found in many foods high in proteins such as red meat, legumes, shellfish, sardines, anchovies and food extracts such as vegemite and marmite.

      However it is not always food that is the cause of high uric acid levels. Recent studies have indicated strongly that there is a genetic component to gout, and that some people are more susceptible to hyperuricemia (high uric acid) than others. Being overweight is also a significant risk factor.

      There are drugs available that lower your uric acid level, such as allopurinol. Generally doctors will advise that you need to be on this for life. There can also be some side-effects of medication, and some people just don't like taking medication.

      Modifying your diet to remove the risk factors (the high purine foods) is essential. The more of the purines in your diet, the more is available for conversion into uric acid, and the more likely it is that you will have an attack.

      And if you are overweight, losing some of that weight will lower your risk of gout attacks. Don't go crazy though. Shedding weight too quickly can trigger gout attacks.

  8. QUESTION:
    What causes gout and what is the solution for it?

    • ANSWER:
      The cause of gout is an inflammation in your joint resulting from an accumulation of urate crystals. Uric acid is a waste product formed from the breakdown of purines. These are substances found naturally in your body as well as in certain foods, especially organ meats — such as liver, brains, kidney and sweetbreads — and anchovies, herring, asparagus and mushrooms. Normally, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine. But sometimes your body either produces too much or excretes too little of this acid. In that case, uric acid can build up, forming sharp, needle-like crystals (urate) in a joint or surrounding tissue that cause pain, inflammation and swelling. Crystal deposits also cause another condition, known as false gout (pseudogout). But rather than being composed of uric acid, pseudogout crystals are made of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate. And while pseudogout can affect the big toe, it's more likely to attack large joints such as your knees, wrists and ankles. For gout attacks, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve, others), may provide relief. Keep in mind that these medications can cause side effects, including stomach pain, bleeding and ulcers. What's more, NSAIDs have a ceiling effect — a limit as to how much pain they can control. This means that beyond a certain dosage, they don't provide additional benefits. For severe cases, your doctor may prescribe a corticosteroid drug such as prednisone. Although steroids can provide dramatic relief, they can also cause serious side effects, including thinning bones, poor wound healing and decreased ability to fight infection. Sometimes doctors inject cortisone into the affected joint, but this approach can still cause side effects, and shots are generally limited to no more than three a year. Once the acute attack is under control, your doctor may recommend preventive treatment to slow the rate at which your body produces uric acid or to increase the rate at which it's excreted.

  9. QUESTION:
    What causes gout exactly?
    My brother has gout in his lower big toe and the doctor said obesity,alcohol and seafood are major causes but my brother is NOT overweight, doesn't drink at all and hates seafood.Is there other contributors out there? Is it hereditry?

    • ANSWER:
      Uric acid

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms and causes af gout?
    I have some serious pain in my big toe but it doesn't seem that swollen, Also I do suffer from acute arthritis but the pain seems different than that. Any help or info would be appreciated
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Does it feel so painful that you would think it was broken?
      My arthritis turned out to be gout and was only diagnosed when I went to a GP on holiday! He took one look and said "That's gout go and see my nurse and get a blood test"
      It was positive.
      I was astounded!
      He gave me a prescription for Allopurinol and I've taken it ever since.
      I'm teetotal and steer clear of purines
      It doesn't necessarily come from your diet-your body is producing the uric acid itself.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of gout and what preventive measures can be taken to avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is caused by the built up of uric acid in the bloodstream. The high levels of uric acid in the blood are caused by protein rich foods. Alcohol intake often causes acute attacks of gout and hereditary factors may contribute to the elevation of uric acid, e.g. inborn errors of purine-pyrimidine metabolism. Typically, persons with gout are obese, predisposed to diabetes and hypertension, and at higher risk of heart disease. Gout is more common in affluent societies due to a diet rich in proteins, fat, and alcohol. It is not rare, however, to find gout among the poorer classes, who drink large quantities of alcohol, and whose food is insufficient in quantity and quality.

      There is medical treatment you can get for gout and prevention called acute attacks, for further info on this read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gout

      But my father has this problem, and I basically told him to drink heaps of water to dilute the acid, which neutralizes the pH.

      Stay away from purines
      Read meat
      Reducare sugar intake
      Reduce alcohol

      To lower uric levels:
      Have celery
      Cheese
      All dairy products
      Tart cherries

      Don't take aspirin, it makes it worse.

      If you appy heat pack over the gout, it helps to ease the pain.

      Hope it helped.

  12. QUESTION:
    WHAT CAUSES FLUID ON THE, AND COULD IT CAUSE GOUT IN THE FOOT ?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    What causes gout aka Cancer?
    Or are gout and cancer two different diseases?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a form of arthritis (an inflammation of the joints) that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling (inflammation) in some joints. It usually affects one joint at a time.

      The large toe is most often affected, but gout also can affect other joints in the leg (knee, ankle, and foot) and, less often, joints in the arm (hand, wrist, and elbow). The fingers are rarely involved and the spine is almost never affected.

      What Are the Symptoms of Gout?

      The symptoms of gout include:

      Sudden, intense joint pain, which often can wake a person from sleep.
      Swollen joint that is warm to touch.
      Red or purple skin around the joint.
      If someone has gout on and off for years, eventually uric acid crystals may accumulate in the body to form gritty nodules called "tophi." These nodules can appear as lumps under the skin near joints, at the rim of the ears or in the kidneys.
      Uric acid comes from the natural breakdown of the genetic material in cells, RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). Some foods contain large amounts of uric acid, especially red meats and organ meats (such as liver and kidneys), as well as some shellfish and anchovies.

      Uric acid in normal amounts remains dissolved in the blood and easily passes through the kidneys, leaving the body as waste. However, uric acid in high amounts makes a person more likely to develop gout.

      The amount of uric acid in your blood can change depending on what you eat, your overall health, how much alcohol you drink and what medicines you are taking, as well as in response to a sudden illness.

      What Causes Gout?

      Gout was once incorrectly thought to be a disease of the rich and famous, caused by consuming too much rich food and fine wine. Although diet and excessive drinking contribute to gout, they are not the main cause of the condition.

      Gout results from abnormal deposits of uric acid crystals in the joint cartilage. The crystals are later released into the joint fluid.

      Not everyone with high levels of uric acid will develop gout. The kidneys' ability to rid the body of uric acid is partly determined by heredity. Yet, just because someone in the family suffers from gout does not mean everyone in that family will have the disease. This risk varies from person to person.

      How Frequent Are Gout Attacks?

      Gout attacks can recur from time to time in the same joint. The initial attack may last several days to two weeks unless treated.

      Over time, gout attacks may occur more often, involve more joints, have more severe symptoms and last longer. Repeated attacks can damage the joint.

      Some people will have only a single attack. However, most people who have one gout attack will have at least a second attack, although it may not occur for several years after the initial onset. Others may have attacks every few weeks.

      Who Is Affected By Gout?

      Gout affects more than 2 million Americans -- most commonly men between the ages of 40 and 50, people who are overweight, people who frequently drink alcohol and people who use diuretics ("water pills") to lower blood pressure or treat heart failure.

      When gout affects women, it usually is after menopause, especially in women who are taking certain medications. Less often, younger people may be affected by gout if they have been taking certain medications for long periods of time, frequently drink alcoholic beverages or have certain genetic disorders.

      In addition to diuretics, there are some medications that reduce the body's ability to flush out uric acid, thus increasing the risk for developing gout. These medicines include:

      Anti-inflammatory medications made from salicylic acid, such as aspirin.
      Cyclosporine, a medicine used to suppress the body's immune system (Cyclosporine often is used to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs.).
      Levodopa, a medicine used to treat Parkinson's disease.
      Niacin, a vitamin that is part of the vitamin B complex and sometimes used to treat high cholesterol.
      How Is Gout Diagnosed?
      Gout cannot be diagnosed simply from a blood test, because many people have elevated blood uric acid levels but do not have gout. Rather, gout is diagnosed from the fluid of an inflamed joint. The fluid is observed under a microscope for uric acid crystals.

      Fluid is removed through a needle during a procedure called arthrocentesis. Extracting the fluid not only aids in diagnosing the condition, but it may also reduce pressure within the joint, thereby reducing pain.

      If crystals are not found in the fluid, the diagnosis of gout cannot be made with certainty. Occasionally, crystals may not be seen the first time, but may be seen if additional fluid is removed during a subsequent attack.

      Since gout can cause chronic joint pain and involve other joints, it is extremely important that an accurate diagnosis be made so your doctor can prescribe the appropriate treatment.

      How Is Gout Treated?

      There is no cure for gout, but it can be treated and controlled. Symptoms often are relieved within 24 hours after treatment has begun.

      The type of treatment prescribed will depend on several factors, including the person's age, type of medications he or she is taking, overall health, medical history and severity of gout attacks. Gout is mainly treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. These include:

      NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, are generally prescribed to treat sudden and severe gout attacks. They usually reduce inflammation and pain within hours.
      Corticosteroids (also called steroids), may be prescribed for people who cannot take NSAIDs. Steroids also work by decreasing inflammation. Steroids can be injected into the affected joint or given as pills.
      Colchicine is often used to treat gout and usually begins working within a few hours of taking it.
      Medicine that lowers uric acid levels, such as allopurinol (Zyloprim) or probenecid (Benemid), also may be prescribed to help prevent a gout attack. These drugs are recommended for people who have had multiple attacks of gout or kidney stones due to uric acid. The goal of lowering the blood uric acid is to slowly dissolve deposits of uric acid in the joint.

      Sudden lowering of the uric acid level may cause an attack of gout. To prevent attacks in people who are taking uric acid-lowering drugs, colchicine or an NSAID is temporarily prescribed.

      In addition, uric acid-lowering therapy (with allopurinol or probenecid) is not started during a gout attack, since sudden lowering of the uric acid can cause a new attack or prolong an existing one.

      What Are the Side Effects of Gout Medicine?

      Upset stomach, indigestion and headaches are the most common side effects of antiinflammatory NSAIDs. Taking these medications with food can help reduce stomach upset. NSAIDs also can cause vomiting, constipation, ulcers and bleeding in the stomach, although these side effects are not common.

      Side effects of corticosteroids include weight gain, increased appetite and mood swings. Corticosteroids can have serious side effects when taken for a long period of time. Possible serious side effects include osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) , diabetes , high blood pressure and decreased resistance to infection.

      Possible side effects from colchicine include diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps.

      The most common side effects of allopurinol and probenecid are upset stomach, diarrhea, headache or dizziness and a skin rash.

      Not everyone will develop side effects from gout medications. How often any side effect occurs varies from person to person. The occurrence depends on the dose, type of medication, concurrent illnesses or other medications the person may be taking.

      Some side effects are more serious than others. Before any medication is prescribed, your doctor will discuss with you the potential benefits and risks of taking the medication.

      Should I Change My Diet?

      Dietary changes for most people do not play a major role in controlling their uric acid levels. However, limiting certain foods that cause an increased production of uric acid -- such as red meats and organ meats (for example, liver and kidneys), as well as some shellfish and anchovies -- and reducing alcohol intake is often helpful.

      What Is the Outlook For People With Gout?

      Although there is no cure for gout, it generally can be controlled with medication. Controlling gout can help prevent permanent damage to the joint.

  14. QUESTION:
    what causes gout in the hands or legs?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a form of arthritis. When you get gout your body is producing to much uric acid and your body is not getting rid of the excess acid so then urite crystals form around the joints which swell and become red and cause tremendous pain. Your body naturally produces uric acid and sometimes just produces to much. Certain food can raise the levels of uric acid as well such as liver, heart, any organ meats, asparagus, anchovies are few that I know. Medications can also increase uric acid levels mainly low dose aspirin and some high blood pressure meds which is bad because another cause that can raise the levels are high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. But there are good medications available than help control gout.

  15. QUESTION:
    what are some of the main causes of gout.?
    if someone drinks a pint of rum a night would that cause gout to be severe. could you also give me a link to look at

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, drinking alcoholic beverages (like rum) will make gout worse.

      To reduce the pain and inflammation of a gout attack you should also try to:

      * Eat less seafood and red meat
      * Reduce the consumption of high fat dairy products
      * Eat less processed food such as white flour and refined sugar

      Also many people have reported a reduction in swelling and pain of the affected area after drinking an apple cider vinegar tonic (2 teaspoons in an 8 ounce glass of water) with each meal.

  16. QUESTION:
    what causes gout ? I have pain & swelling in bouth feet. My big toe joint hurts so bad I can hardly walk .?
    Should I take Indomethacin ?

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    Hi, has anyone had anything to do with Cherry Fruit Extract Capsules, and do they help with gout & arthritis?
    I have high Uric Acid which causes gout, and am taking a prescription drug - Allopurinol - which has side effects. What i read about Cherry Fruit Extract Capsules sounds good, but i cannot find where I can buy them in Australia. Any ideas, anyone?? Or is there another natural product that will do the same job - stabilise uric acid levels, reduce inflammation, promote joint health . . . Many thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Black Cherry juice, available at most health food stores, and eating fresh cherries helps a lot . Also drinking plenty of water helps your kidneys remove uric acid. Pineapple will help with the inflammation. Sometimes natural remedies will not do the trick. I have not heard of anyone having side effects with Allopurinol. What are they? Gout sucks, but watching your diet can help tremendously. Drink lots of water, it is good for controlling gout. If you like to have a couple drinks, Beer adds purines to system and slows down kidneys. Good Vodka slows kidneys but does not add purines (Purines increase uric acid)

      http://arthritis.about.com/od/gout/a/foodstoeat.htm

      Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    What causes gout? What are its remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for the question.

      Gout is generally caused by the overproduction or underscerection of a chemical called uric acid. Other factors that are poorly understood cause uric acid to deposit in the the synovial cavities of joints and cause a painful, inflammatory arthritis. A high serum uric acid is common, but not necessary, to precipitate an attack of gouty arthritis.

      There are classical risk factors for the development of gout: men older than 50; obesity; hypercholesterolemia; kidney faiure; alcohol consumption; and medications (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide). This disease is almost unheard of in young patients. If I see a young (20-30s) patient with a bonafide diagnosis of gout, I immediately think of cancer (e.g., lymphoma, testicular cancer), because cancer cells, by virtue of their rapid growth and turnover rate, produce purines to form DNA during cell replication, thus leading to excessive production of uric acid. By the same token, any patient who is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer (in particular lymphoma and tsesticular cancer), is also vulnerable to gouty arthritis because of the rapid desctruction of cancer cells, which "spill" purines into bloodstream and subsequently get metabolized to uric acid.

      The classic point of attack for a first episode is the first metatarsal phlangeal joint of the foot (podagra), but gout can attack any joint in the body (ankle, knee, wrist, fingers, etc.). The diagnosis is confirmed by the finding of monosodium urate crystals under polarized light microscopy obtained from a sample of synovial fluid from a joint cavity aspiration. Gout can also classically produce so-called "rate bite" erosions in bones.

      The tradtional treatment of choice for an acute gouty arthritic atack is the use of of so-called nonsteroidal antiinflammtory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and indomethacin. This would not be a good choice in patient who has pre-existing kidney failure. Another treatment option would be corticosteroids such as oral prednisone or an intr-artioular (inside the joint) injection of a corticosteroid (provided a single large joint is involved and the clinician is confident that an infectious arthritis is not also present). Another medical treatment, colchicine, has falllen out of favor because of its undesirable side effects.

      One the acute attack has resolved (usually at day 5-7), decisions can be made to prevent future gouty attacks. If acute flares are freuent, then the clinciacn and the patient may consider a mediction called allopurinol, which works by inhibiting the formation of uric acid in the body. Allopurinol is effective in patients who are either "overproducers" or "undersecretors" of uric acid. Of course, risk factors such as alcohol consumption, obesity, hypercholesterolemia can be modified. To help reduce the chemical precursors or "load" of uric acid, the patient's diet may be modifed to reduce "purine" intake (i.e., low in red meats).

      This is a very common problem in medicine. I see it a lot in my office.

  19. QUESTION:
    what causes gout and how do take care of it?

    • ANSWER:
      URIC ACID,or too much of it in your blood.It turns into crystals and irritates your joints,the Big toe being the first to "kop" it.I suffer from gout myself and can assure you its very,very painful.You can receive medication for it,and you can be put on a diet,certain foods trigger an attack,and "oh boy" are they painful.Contact your doctor to put you on medication,your going to need it.

  20. QUESTION:
    what causes gout?
    iv herd that its caused by drinking too much alcohol but just wondering if this was true

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link you can get the actual medical information from medical professionals,, not faith healers and their partners
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

  21. QUESTION:
    What causes Gout?

    • ANSWER:
      It is when uric acid builds up in the blood affecting the joints, most commonly the big toes. It causes swelling, redness & pain.

      Try to refrain from alcohol, fried, fatty foods.& red meat.

  22. QUESTION:
    what causes gout? and how is it treated?

    • ANSWER:
      I take Allopurinal. It works

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent a painful gout while taking a gout-inducing drug called Ethambutol for TB?
    How do I prevent a painful gout while taking a gout-inducing drug called Ethambutol for TB? I've taken Ethambutol for 5 weeks now, and have this severe gout pain for 5 weeks straight. What medicines should I take as an alternative to fight TB without inducing uric acid that caused gout?

    • ANSWER:
      I wish I knew what meds you could take to fight TB without giving your body excess uric acid (or keeping your body from getting rid of it).

      To fight gout, best website I’ve found so far: www.best-gout-remedies.com.

      For gout attacks, indomethacine and/ or colchicine. You'll need scripts from your dr. for these.

      Also, do these things daily: drink lots of water, 1 oz for every 2 lbs of body weight, each day. Once or twice a day, sip on 8 oz of water mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Helps the body be more alkaline (opposite of acidic) and get rid of uric acid.

      Take allopurinol every day. Very inexpensive and no side effects, you’ll need a script for this. Helps the body get rid of uric acid.

      Take celery seed pills. These may help the liver not to create so much uric acid. For diet, stay away from things that dehydrate the body, like beer and coffee. Don't eat organ meats, high fructose corn syrup. Avoid beer; red wine occasionally is ok. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, cottage cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt in smoothies mixed with orange juice and fruit. Drink fruit juices that are 100% juice, V8 VFusion is my favorite, it comes in many flavors.

      Educate yourself on foods that are high in purines, avoid these foods as the body turns purines into uric acid.

      Good luck to you!

  24. QUESTION:
    what causes gout?and how do i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      This one I can answer with complete knowledge. My husband has Gout. Let me see if I can break it all down for you. We always hear how people should avoid carbs and eat more protien. If you have Gout this is a BIG no-no. Foods that have protiens turn to purine. Purine raises the uric acid level in the body. People that have Gout cannot break down the Uric Acid. The Uric acid forms teeny little sharp crystals that settle in the joints. Quite often the first attack of Gout is a sore Big toe that is kind of hot and swollen. As the attacks progress, so does the location i.e. knee, hip etc. There are medication to take very much no guarentee they will help each individual, they usually cause severe diarrehea (not the easiest thing to deal with when you can't walk because you have an attack of Gout) and they will cause negative effects to your liver. My husband decided he will not take the medication which was a tough decision as he was in extreme pain for 3 weeks on crutches with a leg immobilizer. Oh, the medication can also take up to two weeks to begin working.
      So we went to an herbal shop and GNC and researched and found Devil's claw. At GNC it is 18 dollars a bottle. He takes this 3 times a day drinks lots and lots of water (dehydration will bring on an attack of Gout immeduately) and tries to avoid the foods that will trigger Gout. (there is not much that you can eat basically chicken, popsicles, jello and water)
      I hope this helps you if you have any more question email me oh he started taking the supplements last year in August and has not suffered once since then. Before that he had three attacks in 2005 so yes, we believe the natural herbs work and no ill side effects or damage

  25. QUESTION:
    how do you cure gout ? what causes gout ?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a type of arthiritis. It is caused by heightened levels of uric acid in the blood, which is caused by consuming certain types of foods and drinks that contain high levels of uric acid (certain alcohols, meats, vegetables) and it's also caused by the body's inability to properly clean out the uric acid in people with gout. Certain people are more prone to have gout, and usually it is genetic. If you have heightened levels of uric acid in the blood, the uric acid can build up and crystalize in the joints (ankles, knees, sometimes even the fingers, toes, or other joints) causing acute attacks or flare-ups, which can be very painful and even dangerous in the long-term. One way you can reduce your uric acid levels is by reducing your intake of the foods and drinks that contain high uric acid levels, but this doesn't always work because the uric acid levels can still be high enough to crystallize in the joints, especially in people who have severe gout or who are not able to substantially change their diet. Another way that is more fool-proof of ensuring that uric acid levels are low enough so that they don't crystallize in your joints is by taking a high enough dose of the medication called Allopurinol, which can be prescribed by your doctor. Allopurinol synthesizes the body's function of sufficiently getting rid of uric acid so you don't get acute gout attacks. If you do get an acute gout attack, Allopurinol won't get rid of the attack; it will only prevent future attacks. The best thing to do to deal with the pain of an acute attack is to take an anti-inflammatory pain-killer such as Aleve to deal with the pain and swelling until you can reduce uric acid levels so flare-ups don't occur in the future.

  26. QUESTION:
    what vegetables causes gout?

    • ANSWER:
      gout?

      Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful, inflamed joints. It is characterized by pain, swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) as well as stiffness in a joint or joints. Without treatment, gout attacks tend to recur and may cause severe damage to joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men. 1

      What causes gout?

      Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia usually does no harm, and most people with high levels of uric acid in the blood never develop gout. When uric acid levels in the blood are too high, uric acid may form crystals that accumulate in the joints. The exact cause of hyperuricemia sometimes goes undiscovered, although inherited factors (genes) seem to play a role. Gout can seem to flare up without specific cause or can be brought on by factors such as being overweight, eating meats and seafood that are high in chemicals called purines, taking certain medications (especially aspirin and diuretics), and drinking too much alcohol.

      What are the symptoms?

      Gout usually develops after a number of years of buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissues. The most common symptom of gout is a nighttime attack that produces swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain affecting a big toe (this symptom is called podagra). People who have gout may have a few very painful attacks in one or two joints, usually the big toe, foot, ankle, or knee joints. The attack can last a few days or as long as several weeks, and then the symptoms disappear completely. Another attack may not occur for months or years.

      How is gout diagnosed?

      A physical examination and complete medical history will help you and your health professional identify the cause of your symptoms. While several tests can support a diagnosis, the joint fluid aspiration test, which checks for the presence of uric acid crystals in the joint fluid, is considered most helpful. Your health professional will probably also do a blood test to measure the uric acid content in your blood.

      How is it treated?

      The goals of treatment for gout are rapid pain relief and prevention of future gout attacks and long-term complications, such as joint destruction and kidney stones. There are two parts to the treatment of gout:

      Reducing acute painful joint inflammation (a gouty attack) by using anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroids
      Preventing future attacks and long-term complications by:
      Eliminating causes such as certain medications
      Adjusting diet and alcohol intake
      Taking prescribed medication to lower the uric acid
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  27. QUESTION:
    What causing gout and how to cure?
    My mother is experiencing difficulties walking. She complained that her knees very painful. Especially now rainy season, the floor is getting cold everyday. Please, what is the remedy to this. I bought her some medicine from the pharmacy, three types of tablets but lately there is no effect to her gout. She lost her appetite and now taking only porridge but in a very little quantity.

    • ANSWER:
      Most probably your mother is having a combination of gout and arthritis. The reason why she feels the pain more during cold rainy season is because lower temperature slows down blow flow around the feet and the exposed surface of the feet is higher compared to other part of the body, as more heat lost from the feet, the drop of temperature will increase the formation of urate crystals in the joints which will eventually lead to pain sensation your mum is experiencing.

      Those drugs you get from the pharmacy are mainly pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs, none of them has anything to do with dissolving the uric acid crystals in the joint. The most effectively to reduce the frequency and severeness of her pain is to cultivate a habit of soaking the feet in the hot water for about 15 minutes 2 to 3 times in a day, especially during the cold morning and night time before she goes to bed.

      It must be soaking the feet only, because you need to create a temperature difference that promote the upward flow of blood from the feet. Higher temperature near the feet will 'push' the blood to flow upwards which will help the dissolving of the urate crystals hidden in the joints.

  28. QUESTION:
    What causes the gout? And how do you get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      The above poster is correct, uric acid build up causes gout to flare. Once you have it though, you are stuck with it. There are medications that can help but the main component in managing it is your diet. You will need to avoid things that are high in uric acid.....pork, green veggies, and cola are some major foods to avoid. The list goes on and on. Best thing you can do is go to the doctor and have a blood test that will confirm when the symptoms are active. Sometimes, you can have gout and the blood test will show very low uric acid levels so clinical observation is necessary as well. My mom has it and it is extremely painful and frustrating when something you love is on the long list of foods to avoid :(

  29. QUESTION:
    what kind or fish or fish oil that cannot cause gout?
    i am suffering from recurrent gout and i have low good cholesterol. omega 3fatty acid are found in fish oil but one cause of gout is excessive intake of protein and fish are reach in protein. Is there a tyoe of fish or fish oil that i can take without triggering my gout and helping to develope my good cholesterol?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you get gout,what causes it?
    What can i take for it

    • ANSWER:
      What is gout?

      Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful, inflamed joints. It is characterized by pain, swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) as well as stiffness in a joint or joints. Without treatment, gout attacks tend to recur and may cause severe damage to joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men.1

      What causes gout?

      Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia usually does no harm, and most people with high levels of uric acid in the blood never develop gout. When uric acid levels in the blood are too high, uric acid may form crystals that accumulate in the joints. The exact cause of hyperuricemia sometimes goes undiscovered, although inherited factors (genes) seem to play a role. Gout can seem to flare up without specific cause or can be brought on by factors such as being overweight, eating meats and seafood that are high in chemicals called purines, taking certain medications (especially aspirin and diuretics), and drinking too much alcohol.

  31. QUESTION:
    what foods cause gout medical condition?
    i know someone who was diagnosted with gout and is worried about a certain diet which could be helpful against fighting it or the other side could be harmful.any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Animal fats, high fat, rich foods cause the problem.

      Eliminate all animal foods. That includes butter and egg yolks. Then when the problem is corrected, eat them in moderation only.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the connection between sepsis, gout, hypertension and heart failure (CHF)?
    Someone was admitted to the hospital for sepsis and was put on drugs for gout, heart failure (CHF) and hypertension. Can heart failure cause sepsis or the other way around? Can gout cause sepsis or sepsis cause gout? and what connection does hypertension have with sepsis?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Gout can cause sepsis which can cause hypertension, which can cause congestive heart failure. Gout is a collection of uria crystals (nitrogenous waste) which increases the likelihood of infection in that area. Infection can travel into the blood stream causes sepsis. Which is early stages can cause an increase in blood pressure (hypertension) before it all drops. Hypertension can cause a VQ mismatch that can casue a backup of fluid in the heart (congestive heart failure).

  33. QUESTION:
    What medication can cause gout?
    I am trying to locate what types of prescription drugs can cause gout.

    • ANSWER:
      The list of possible medications or substances mentioned in sources as possibe causes of Gout includes:

      * Accure
      * Aldactazide
      * Amlodipine and Benazepril
      * Aspirin
      * Coversyl Plus
      * Cyclosporine - an immunosuppressant.
      * Dapa-Tabs
      * Diuretics
      * Dyazide
      * Edecril
      * Ethacrynic Acid
      * Indahexal
      * Indapamide
      * Insig
      * Isohexal
      * Isotretinoin
      * Isotrex
      * IsotrexGel
      * Levodopa - used for Parkinson's disease.
      * Lotrel
      * Maxzide
      * Maxzide-25
      * Moduretic
      * Nadide
      * Napamide
      * Natrilix
      * Niacin (vitamin B3) - excessive niacin can cause gout and high blood sugars.
      * Nicotinic acid
      * Oratane
      * Pyrazinamide
      * Pyrazynamide
      * Roaccutane
      * Salicylates
      * Salicylic acid
      * Spironazide
      * Spirozide
      * Zinamide

  34. QUESTION:
    I need gout remedies, foods to avoid with gout, treatment for gout without drugs or doctor, and gout causes?
    I have had gout for almost 3 years and gave up drinking because of it. And I have not had a gout attack in almost 3 years, until yesterday. Now I'm scratching my head wondering what has caused my gout to comeback. I didn't drink any alcohol. I'm looking for gout home remedies because I used to take the drug indomethacin for my gout relief, but that medication is so hard on the liver that I would rather look for a natural remedy. Any info is much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperglycemia, gout, urethritis, and gouty arthritis are some of the names it goes by. Gout can be activated by numerous factors, but there is always one primary cause that triggers it.

      The drug you were taking (indomethacin is the generic for Indocin and Indocin-SR) is a very powerful non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) and has some serious side effects - abdominal or stomach cramps, pain, or discomfort, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, or vomiting.

      Indomethacine can mess up your liver (I used to take it also) and should be immediately stopped if you have any of the following symptoms: bloody or black, tarry stools, brown urine, vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, yada, yada... (the list goes on and it's kinda scary). This medication only treats the symptoms of gout, not the underlying cause. That is why your gout attacks will most likely keep coming back - unless you change a few simple things that you put in your body.

      You said that you stopped drinking. That's good because booze causes elevated levels of uric acid (uric acid and the incomplete breakdown of it in the body causes uric acid crystals to form in your joints - most commonly in the joints of the big toe. This is gout). But you don't have to be a heavy drinker to get gout.

      Lots of very common everyday foods can cause your gout to flare up. The reason is because they contain high levels of something called purines. Purines can cause high levels of uric acid also. Here is just a short list of foods with high purine content:
      Beef liver
      Chicken liver
      Baker's yeast
      Mushrooms
      Sardines
      Shrimp
      Bacon
      Turkey
      Asparagus
      Spinach

      I remember when I used to get my gout attacks, they would always come after I ate seafood - sardines and shrimp (love em) in particular. So now I just watch my intake of certain foods and have not had any problems in the past year.

      Here are some other things that can trigger a gout attack that most people don't know about: aspirin, a drop in barometric pressure, stress, use of antibiotics, deficiency of vitamins B5, A and E, diuretics, surgery, fasting, dehydration...
      Kinda weird huh? I used to pop aspirin like they were candy, guess what - I was getting gout every month.

      How 'bout some home remedies for gout:
      Eat foods high in potassium
      Lots of fruits and veggies (except the ones high in purines)
      Lemon juice
      Cherries
      Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with meals (has to do with the ph of your body)
      High fiber foods
      Fish oil (most fish has high purines - but fish oil doesn't)
      Celery seeds (dosage is 500 mg - not for pregnant ladies)

      There is more but I'm running out of time. Gotta go pick up the kids. BTW, I saw your question listed in Google so I decided to come answer it. Hope I have been of some assistance to you.

      If you want a comprehensive guide for Gout, treatment of gout, causes, and natural remedies then go get this good ebook - it has helped me tremendously:

      http://cli.gs/get-out-gout

  35. QUESTION:
    What foods are the most effective for causing Gout ? I have been feeding my fat slob husband ...?
    nothing but swan, babby liver and chocolate covered white truffles for the past 6 years and nothing..

    • ANSWER:
      What more could a loving wife do? Maybe a double indemnity life insurance policy perhaps, in case of sudden untimely death..

  36. QUESTION:
    What are causes of gout? What can cause a flare up?

    • ANSWER:
      Buildup of uric acid in the body. Very painful but easy to treat.
      Cut back on organ meats, liver,etc., alcohol, sweets.
      If you continue to have attacks there are many pills (very safe) you can take and you will never have another attack

  37. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of gout?
    I got to learn and know with detail about gout, but I still didnt understand the following:
    1) what are the factors / causes that rise the uric acid in the blood?
    2) is gout a genitical diseas?
    3) is there any helpful fruits/foods to help reduce uric acid naturally?
    4) I got to know about GoutCleanse is the best medicine, (any recommendation) to it or other?
    5) how to avoid it and keep the uric acid at the average level?

    I will appreciate your answers with many thanks in adavnce,

    • ANSWER:
      These will answer most of your questions
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000422.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gout/DS00090

      But gout is cause when your body breaks down purines, which are found in proteins. If you eat a lot of meat, particularly organ meat [liver, etc.], asparagus or mushrooms, or some fish [sardines, herring] you have an increased chance of getting gout. It also associated with drinking alcohol. And it can be caused when your kidneys aren't working well and can't excrete enough of the uric acid in your blood.

      It can be genetic, and males are more likely to get it than females.

      The best thing to reduce the uric acid is to avoid the foods that I listed above, and alcohol.

      I never heard of the GoutCleanse. If this isn't something prescribed by your doctor, just something that's sold as a "natural remedy" I'd be very suspicious that it's not something just to separate you from your money. I looked it up on line, and saw it costs 9 at the site I looked at http://www.totalbodysource.com/prod1326.aspx?source=Shopping.com_Total+Body+Source [that's right, 9, no missing decimal points]. The first active ingredient I see is Triethanolamine salicylate, which is just a fancy term for asprin suspended in alcohol. The next is Methylsulfonylmethane, which is another pain reliver, but one website warns that some herbal/supplements that contain this have harmful impurities [http://www.medicinenet.com/methylsulfonylmethane_msm-oral/article.htm ]. The last ingredient is emu oil. That seems like high priced snake oil to me.

      So as I said before, your best option is to avoid the foods that can increase your blood levels of uric acid and to have your doctor check your kidney function [can be done through simple blood and urine tests].

  38. QUESTION:
    Why doen't wine cause Gout?
    Scientists have found that wine has no effect on gout yet beer and spirits are one of the main causes. What's the difference?

    • ANSWER:
      Because wine is the nectar of the gods.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why is it that after a few drinks of alcohol, my lower legs & feet get hot and painful?
    It doesn't seem to matter what type of alcohol I drink. The temporary heat is usually in my calves & feet but I usually get lingering pain in my knees for several days. I've seen a doctor but they offered me no good answers. Someone suggested it may be elevated levels of Uric Acid which causes Gout - but I don't ever get any swelling like you would expect from Gout. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      well, alcohol dissolves fatty tissue, which is why you get that burning/warm sensation in your throat and stomach when you drink it.. I can only assume the same thing is happening to the blood vessels in your lower body...

      when I used to drink, if I drank too fast I'd have the same sensation in my chest, specifically around my heart.. I later learned that was probably caused by the alcohol entering my blood stream and "burning" the tissue in my heart...

      actually, come to think of it, the exact same thing happens to a girl I know, she says her lower body gets "hot"...

  40. QUESTION:
    What are purine foods that cause gout?

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    My Fiancee's toes have been hurting her a bit- is this caused by gout?
    I don't think that she externally hurt her toes, so it sounds like the pangs were coming from the inside of her toes.

    Could this be a symptom of gout? Or what else might the problem be?

    • ANSWER:
      could be gout, or just really sore feet. has she been walking a lot?

  42. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have gout at 15?
    my dad has had gout, and yesterday and today i woke up with extreme pain in the joint in my big toe. I have been drinking lots of soda and eating lots of bad things recently because of exam review and i heard that it can cause gout. What can i do to stop the pain

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible, but very very unlikely. Sympathy pain would be more likely if your dad is having a flare up. Try soaking your foot in hot water.

  43. QUESTION:
    GOUT help!?
    Can anyone recommend a home remedy for my husband's gout please? We know all the conventional dietry advice. For example we know that high purine foods cause gout and which those are. Someone recently told us that turkey causes their gout and we have avoided it which has brought considerable improvement to the condition. Also he has cranberry juice to help. The problem is, what to do when he has an outbreak in order to stop it escalating. Is there something he can do or eat please?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is. Tart cherries or cherry juice. A daily dose will help to prevent it and a few doses when he has a bout will help as well.
      It can reduce uric acid within an hour or less. You can also buy tart cherry in a dried capsule form though the fruit or juice is still better. It also helps with other muscle pain and can actually help the body heal faster from workouts. It's a natural anti-inflammatory agent.

  44. QUESTION:
    my husband has gout.NOTHING help+he can eat basicly nothing without getting swollen feet,ankles or fingers?
    He will get windy with a tummy ache.The moment this happens we start to look at what kind of "wrong" food he ate.He can't eat any green vegetables, bread, cake, ANY cool drinks,fruits,wheat, meat,mince,fish,fried food,onions,tomatoes.What causes gout.Too much Protein? In lack of magnesium or phosphates? What other minerals can help.He drinks "Iberogast" liquid drops, Salm fish oil and Milk thistle.He had kidney stones, some 14 years ago. Is it possible that stress can trigger gout? Spastic colon? It is very painful and he drinks lots of water because it can get very hot-he is a farmer

    • ANSWER:
      Has he been to the doctor? My dad had disabling gout but with a cocktail of medications its completely gone. Gout is caused by buildup of uric acid crystals in joints. Medications that decrease the formation of uric acid can relieve symptoms. Basically he must see a doctor for this treatment.

  45. QUESTION:
    how many medical drugs do you currently take..what are they for (also need natural gout treatments)?
    do you feel taking a lot of medical drugs causes unknown interactions

    I am pretty old and take none regularly but when I get an excruciating gout attack, I break down and take 3 or 4 pills over 2 days which makes it go away. I had one a few days ago and it felt like someone took a hammer to my ankle 20 times and I had to user a wheelchair to take a medical test at the hospital and could barely get tot he elevator from my car.

    Other than cherries/juice what natural treatments might help gout. I am a vegan and only mess up once in a while. I thought it was meat connected but someone told me the other day it was related to eating fruit..have you ever heard that

    sorry two questions

    1 how many prescription drugs or otc drugs do you take daily or very often and why of you want to say

    2 natural gout help and does fruit cause gout/excess uric acid.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't take any prescription drugs or OTC drugs. I do take natural supplements daily for overall health.

      Alfalfa Complex can be very effective in dealing with the pain associated with gout. It's a natural anti-inflammatory, high in chlorophyll, helps reduce uric acid and has anti-stiffness factors.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  46. QUESTION:
    What effect does Resveratrol have on a gout flare up? Red wine originally triggered my gout...?
    ...condition.
    It is my understanding that Resveratrol is similar to the main healing ingredient in red wine?
    Does Resveratrol help or hinder healing from gout?

    I know fish oil caps cause serious gout flare ups because there is no one regulating supplements they publish no side affects.

    It is another money not health driven industry.

    • ANSWER:
      Resveratrol is found in many different plants, including peanuts and Japanese Knotweed and dark skinned fruits such as pomegranates, blueberries, and cranberries. Resveratrol is also found in grapes, fueling many articles on the health benefits of red wine. To be sure, if you over imbibe red wine, you will have side effects, though not from an overdose of resveratrol. To get the amount of resveratrol into your body that is normally used in studies, you would have to drink several bottles daily. Instead, manufacturers have developed resveratrol supplements, and they are available in varying dosages and strengths. While long-term side effects of resveratrol supplementation in humans are not yet known, many positive side effects have been reported by both scientists and resveratrol users. However, there are some points to keep in mind.

  47. QUESTION:
    what are some home remadies for gout?
    I have sever swelling caused from gout , im taking meds for it , but since i have been taking the meds. the doctor prescribed, my gout symtoms have become worse. I s there any thing that i can take that is natural , that will help my gout.
    I know cherry juice is good , but is there any thing else.
    please help me find some kind of natural relief. the precription medication which i cant pronounce ,linsop or something like that dont give me any relief , in fact seems to make it worse. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some natural helpers of Gout.
      Apple Cider Vinegar
      ( take a tablespoon with a tablespoon of honey and a few tablespoons of warm water to melt the honey )
      Use organic vinegar that is foggy or has the sediment at the bottom. this is the mother which is good for you.
      The vinegar will change the acid in your blood stream and help expediate the gout getting out of your body.
      I use two teaspoons and water after every meal and haven't had Gout now since starting this cleanser.

      Another version is try Celery seed extract and celery oil... 3 gms celery extract equivalent to 3 gms dry seed and 2mls celery oil.. this flushed the system and is a natural anti-inflammatory.

      Eat 6 cherries every day
      eat plenty of berries
      there are a few methods, but I recommend to apple cider vinegar for gout...
      it tastes a little rank but it works for me.

      have a look at my site for more information...
      good luck

  48. QUESTION:
    help i have gout what causes this an what helps with pain an sorenes in feet?
    medical help needed

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is caused by too much uric acid, which gets deposited in the cartilage of joints. This leads to inflammation and red, swollen, painful joints.

      You need medication to control the disease. Allopurinol is the most commonly prescribed drug for gout.

      Read more about it here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gout

  49. QUESTION:
    what foods cause gout?
    what is the fastest way to reduce swelling from gout

    • ANSWER:
      "In general, foods that are high in fat and/or cholesterol are also high in purines. As a result, a gout diet is one that is low-fat and low-cholesterol. Specifically, it's been suggested that less than 30% of one's daily Calories should come from fat. Proteins can also have large concentrations of purines.

      Sweetbreads (organ meats) like kidney, heart, or liver, are especially bad for those suffering from gout. Even foods related to meat, like chicken or beef broth, caviar, and bouillon might produce high levels of uric acid.

      Dairy products and vegetables can also be high in purines. High-fat dairy, like whole milk, ice cream, butter, and cheese have been said to possibly cause gout and are recommended to be replaced with low-fat or non-fat dairy, or soy alternatives. Spinach, mushrooms, cauliflower, peas, and asparagus have been shown to be rich in purines and therefore can be foods that cause gout. In an unrelated food category, lentil beans and yeast increase the chances for a gout flare up. For this reason, beer, because it's derived from yeast and grains, can increase the level of uric acid in the body. Some health professionals recommend that alcohol be avoided altogether."

      * oysters
      * hearts
      * seafood
      * red meats
      * kidneys
      * gizzards
      * gravy
      * fish roe
      * mussels
      * lentils
      * alcohol
      * sardines
      * peas
      * anchovies
      * mackerel
      * game meats
      * tongue
      * mushrooms
      * herring
      * sweetbreads
      * lentils
      * spinach
      * scallops
      * shrimp
      * yeast
      * asparagus
      * beans
      * poultry
      * pork

  50. QUESTION:
    What cause GOUT? Partial or complete deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine ghosphoribosyltransferase?
    what cause of gout?
    I have already search some information about it but I don't fully understand.
    I know there are at least three different inherited defects that lead to severe hyperuricemia and gout: glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency; hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferasedeficiency; and elevated 5'-phosphoribosyl-1'-pyrophosphate synthetase activity.
    So, what cause gout, "complete" deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase or "partial" deficiency of hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase??

    Could someone tell me? Thank you!
    I know eating too much food containing purine would make uric acid deposit in joints make gout but what I ask is in biochemistry angle what cause gout, especially in the aspect about complete or partial HGPTRTase?

    • ANSWER:
      the basics of what causes gout - too much uric acid or too little uric acid excretion

      certain things can lead to an exacerbation of gout, such as too much alcohol intake, dehydration, diet (eg, offal)


What Causes Gout Attacks

Written By: admin - Jul• 21•12

Yes Stress, ultimately a huge killer of people worldwide.
Stress leads to many versions of cancer
Stress creates huge amounts of acidity in your body, so you dont want this little beastie flowing freely in your body as this could well lead to a gout attack.
You must help control this beast.
I KNOW, you cant, its too hard, and I have to meditate for years to learn how to de-stress. MAYBE BUT NO
Yes meditation is wonderful for stress reduction, and it can take years to master, but you can still meditate even in small amounts with a few classes in meditation. Or you can exercise by just walking at a nice pace and thinking about life and what you want to better yourself. Just taking your mind off anger producing thoughts can have a great benefit.

Foods to Eat

Olive oil
Tofu
Nuts
Avocados
These are excellent sources of unsaturated fats.
Some fatty fish, Flaxseed, nuts and seeds have rich essential fatty acids, which help with symptoms as they have anti-inflammatory properties.

Moderate amounts of protein a day (no more than 3 to 4 ounces of meat at the most.)

Replacing meat with soy is suggested, coupled with a low fat diet.

Foods high in Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) and vitamin C are beneficial, do not exceed 250mls of Vitamin C a day as 1000mls will cause the gouty deposits to break up and flow to more regions triggering another attack.

Celery and black cherries both help in reduction of uric acid levels.

Limit fats by a lean meat diet, skinless poultry. Keep away from deep fried food and desserts that are high in fat.

If you are going to eat oatmeal limit it to 2/3s of a cup raw, limit wheat bran to 1/4 cup raw daily and the same for wheat germ.

1/2 a cup or Asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, green peas daily.
Foods high in potassium, and flavonoids such as quercetin.

A great prevention is lots of SEX, as sexual activities reduce uric acid in fertile men. (A friendly statistic)

Lemon juice mixed with water is also helpful.

Just GO ON AND GET OUT THERE, try and walk or go to a gym,enhance your food lifestyle, lift some weights, get plenty of sleep and have a close look at what you put into your body. Try Ionized water to improve your health dramatically.

Go and find a Alkalized chart and select 80% out of the list for a meal and then go to the acid forming group and select 20% to add to your meal.
This should give you a nicely balanced meal plan.
Combined with exercise, stress reduction techniques and Ionized water you are well on your way to a better life ahead and most importantly less acid in your body means Less GOUT.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes Gout and how can I alleviate it and prevent the attacks from occurring?
    How can I alleviate Gout

    • ANSWER:
      Essentially gout is caused by one of two things:

      1) Too much uric acid is produced
      2) Not enough uric acid is excreted

      Prevention is aimed at the these two:
      1) Either drugs to limit uric acid production; or take in less purine in the diet (which is a precursor) for the uric acid
      2) Drugs to increase excretion of uric acid

      Depending on the severity of the cause of (1) and/or (2) natural remedies and dietary change may be sufficient; if its more severe, then medications are needed.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can any one tell me how you can control gout attacks from eating what type of food or what to stay away from?
    what type of food causes you to have a gout attack?

    • ANSWER:
      Red meat, especially liver. fish like sardines, and beer are the biggest causes of a gout attack. Anything high in protien can trigger an attack.
      Eating lots of Strawberries and Cherries will help to keep the symptoms from coming back. Also, drink plenty of water...dehydration will trigger an attack too!

  3. QUESTION:
    What should I make my dad for breakfast? (He has severe gout.)?
    Anyone who knows anything about gout should answer. I was wondering if I could use vegetarian sausage and make gravy with the oil that comes off it? Would that be okay? I know that pork is really bad for my dad, but he loves it. Would something like Gimme Lean cause a gout attack?! Thanks. I was also going to make eggs and pancakes.

    • ANSWER:
      You want to keep his meals simple. Keep away from fat, high purines, salt, alcohol and highly processed foods. If he is having gout attacks often, if might be an idea to cut meat from his diet for a while. Try to get his acidic levels down with herbal teas, fresh juices and fruit and veg. There are many articles on the gout website below.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me if drinking to much diet soda would cause an attack of gout?
    I am a over weight 43 year old female that has had gout attack for the last month and am not sure what to do about this. I am in the middle of dieting and have seen the doctor but was not told why this is happening over and over. I am on medicine but dont want to take it all the time. I dont eat red meat and try to stay away from salty foods. I do eat alot of fruit and have issues when eating oranges so dont know if that is one reason. Can anyone offer any advice on what foods are good to eat and what arent.

    • ANSWER:
      I really feel for u - i suffer from gout and it is soooo soooo very painful - macdonalds can set mine off, as can to much alcohlol. but that said, it sometimes doesnt, depends on whatever else i been eating. Gout is the irritation caused by needle like chrystal building up in the blood and ''stabbing'' at the area. This is why it gets inflamed. sugery substances can make the blood thicker if too much, making the blood slightly more concentrated, hence more crystals. id try drinking lots of water to to thin the blood a little, should even even it out. I drink lots of water, it help loads!!! hope this has helped. - good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    I need gout remedies, foods to avoid with gout, treatment for gout without drugs or doctor, and gout causes?
    I have had gout for almost 3 years and gave up drinking because of it. And I have not had a gout attack in almost 3 years, until yesterday. Now I'm scratching my head wondering what has caused my gout to comeback. I didn't drink any alcohol. I'm looking for gout home remedies because I used to take the drug indomethacin for my gout relief, but that medication is so hard on the liver that I would rather look for a natural remedy. Any info is much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperglycemia, gout, urethritis, and gouty arthritis are some of the names it goes by. Gout can be activated by numerous factors, but there is always one primary cause that triggers it.

      The drug you were taking (indomethacin is the generic for Indocin and Indocin-SR) is a very powerful non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) and has some serious side effects - abdominal or stomach cramps, pain, or discomfort, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, heartburn, indigestion, nausea, or vomiting.

      Indomethacine can mess up your liver (I used to take it also) and should be immediately stopped if you have any of the following symptoms: bloody or black, tarry stools, brown urine, vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, yada, yada... (the list goes on and it's kinda scary). This medication only treats the symptoms of gout, not the underlying cause. That is why your gout attacks will most likely keep coming back - unless you change a few simple things that you put in your body.

      You said that you stopped drinking. That's good because booze causes elevated levels of uric acid (uric acid and the incomplete breakdown of it in the body causes uric acid crystals to form in your joints - most commonly in the joints of the big toe. This is gout). But you don't have to be a heavy drinker to get gout.

      Lots of very common everyday foods can cause your gout to flare up. The reason is because they contain high levels of something called purines. Purines can cause high levels of uric acid also. Here is just a short list of foods with high purine content:
      Beef liver
      Chicken liver
      Baker's yeast
      Mushrooms
      Sardines
      Shrimp
      Bacon
      Turkey
      Asparagus
      Spinach

      I remember when I used to get my gout attacks, they would always come after I ate seafood - sardines and shrimp (love em) in particular. So now I just watch my intake of certain foods and have not had any problems in the past year.

      Here are some other things that can trigger a gout attack that most people don't know about: aspirin, a drop in barometric pressure, stress, use of antibiotics, deficiency of vitamins B5, A and E, diuretics, surgery, fasting, dehydration...
      Kinda weird huh? I used to pop aspirin like they were candy, guess what - I was getting gout every month.

      How 'bout some home remedies for gout:
      Eat foods high in potassium
      Lots of fruits and veggies (except the ones high in purines)
      Lemon juice
      Cherries
      Take 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with meals (has to do with the ph of your body)
      High fiber foods
      Fish oil (most fish has high purines - but fish oil doesn't)
      Celery seeds (dosage is 500 mg - not for pregnant ladies)

      There is more but I'm running out of time. Gotta go pick up the kids. BTW, I saw your question listed in Google so I decided to come answer it. Hope I have been of some assistance to you.

      If you want a comprehensive guide for Gout, treatment of gout, causes, and natural remedies then go get this good ebook - it has helped me tremendously:

      http://cli.gs/get-out-gout

  6. QUESTION:
    weight loss and gout (gouty arthritis) .... help please!?
    My dad has gout and he's trying to lose weight and just be healthier overall.... He started eating healthier and limiting the types of foods that can trigger gout, but he just had another gout attack. After some research I found out that fasting and low calorie diets can bring on a gout attack because it'll increase uric acid levels and that's what causes the painful gout attacks.(i also read that over exercising can trigger attacks as well) Now i've been looking online for a while and different sources keep saying how important it is to lose weight if you're overweight with gout, but I don't know how he should do it? (since low calorie diets are out of the question)

    any ideas would be appreciated! thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Allopurinol is a drug that a physician can prescribe to control Gout and it is not expensive.
      Gout is perhaps the very most painful form of Arthritis. However, it is not life threatening although it does make playing Soccer really uncomfortable which, in my opinion, is just as bad.

  7. QUESTION:
    how many medical drugs do you currently take..what are they for (also need natural gout treatments)?
    do you feel taking a lot of medical drugs causes unknown interactions

    I am pretty old and take none regularly but when I get an excruciating gout attack, I break down and take 3 or 4 pills over 2 days which makes it go away. I had one a few days ago and it felt like someone took a hammer to my ankle 20 times and I had to user a wheelchair to take a medical test at the hospital and could barely get tot he elevator from my car.

    Other than cherries/juice what natural treatments might help gout. I am a vegan and only mess up once in a while. I thought it was meat connected but someone told me the other day it was related to eating fruit..have you ever heard that

    sorry two questions

    1 how many prescription drugs or otc drugs do you take daily or very often and why of you want to say

    2 natural gout help and does fruit cause gout/excess uric acid.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't take any prescription drugs or OTC drugs. I do take natural supplements daily for overall health.

      Alfalfa Complex can be very effective in dealing with the pain associated with gout. It's a natural anti-inflammatory, high in chlorophyll, helps reduce uric acid and has anti-stiffness factors.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  8. QUESTION:
    i was having an attack of gout constantly one after the other?
    seriously now after two years i found out what was the cause it was guinness ive been great for 5 months now so to make this a question.
    what the **** do they put into guinness ?

    • ANSWER:
      Purines cause gout.

      Alcohol drinks also contain purines. There is strong association between high consumption of alcoholic drinks and uric acid levels in the blood, and consequently gout.
      Below are estimates of purine content in alcoholic drinks analysed by British researchers.
      Purine content in alcoholic drinks (beer).

      Alcohol drink
      Total purine content

      (mg of purine/Litre)

      Traditional British beers20.3 - 27.5
      Guinness 23.8
      Lager beer 17.7
      Home-brewed beer 3.9
      Cider 0.4

  9. QUESTION:
    What is Hyperuricemia? And what does it do to the body besides Gout?
    I have numerous health difficulties. Diabetes puts me at risk for kidney damage/failure. I have had a gout attack in the past and Allopurinol caused migraines - resulting in Complex Migraine Syndrome which manifested in the temporary loss of motor function in my right hand.

    Stopping Allopurinol stopped my migraines... yet now my uric acid level has skyrocketed to 11.6. I understand 2.3 is normal.

    I am waiting until my doctor is available to me next week... and am currently in fantasticly hideous - all over body - pain that does not respond to prescription painkillers. ...A common occurance for my Fibromyalsia.

    All I know of Hyperuricemia is Gout.

    Are there other possible complications due to high levels?
    I already eliminated all imaginable foods with purines.
    What now?

    Thank you in advance.

    Peace.
    I (fortunately) am not currently experiencing a gout attack... but I will keep Celebrex in mind - I've been trying Ultram since my Diverticulosis won't allow me to deal with opiates.

    Peace!
    Thanks dear ones - I am anaphylactic allergic to seafood - so I don't consume any of those... and my urologist has forbidden me to consume cranberry juice because our local hard water plus high dose vitamin C are what are causing my large kidney stones. I do appreciate your suggestions, however.

    Peace.
    Thank you for the link George - it is WAY over my head - but I caught the problems with kidney failure and diabetic ketoacidosis... my Diabetes medication can permenantly damage kidneys - so the possibility of this being life threatening is there...

    Not a friendly situation! (Ok, Father God... need YOU on this, Sir!)
    Thanks Eds - That second link led me to a layman's term link that made some sence. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-hyperuricemia.htm

    I have a CD-ROM computer dictionary on Gout... this listing reminded me... so maybe I'll dig it out and search it too!

    I know the purine restrictions: no red meat, pork, turkey, organ meats, high fats, nightshade vegetables or full fat milk products.
    Nightshades: (the only thing in life I'm not allergic to! ) Eggplant, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.

    I eliminated red meat, & pork years ago. I'm allergic to milk. I rarely eat organ meats. ...all thats left is my veggies and turkey.

    With my allergies and Diabetes - that leaves no other foods! Sheesh...
    Thanks Isabella - I already drink MORE than 1/2 my body weight in water (ounces) to keep my kidney stones "floating" and not causing me pain. I've done that for years. ...but thank you for the info!

    • ANSWER:
      Uric acid is a wasts product formed from the breakdown (metabolism) of substances in food called purines. Most of the uric acid made by your body dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine. However, sometimes your body either produces too much or excretes too little uric acid.

      Causes of high uric acid levels in your blood (Hyperuricemia) include:

      1. Obesity
      2. Excessive alcohol use
      3. Diets high in purines (I listed some below)
      4. Certain medications, includng low-dose-asprin, diuretics and some high blood pressure drugs.
      5. Certain diseases that have a high cell turnover rate, such as leukemia, lymphoma or psoriasis.

      Intially, hyperuricemia may cause no symptoms. But if untreated, it can lead to:

      1. Gout
      2. Unic acid stones in the urinary tract
      3. Deposits of uric acid in the kidneys (uric acid nephropathy)
      4. Deposits of uric acid in the soft tissue (tophi)

      Treadment is directed at reducing uric acid levels and may include lifestyle changes such as:

      1. Avoiding alcohol
      2. Mantaining a healthy weight
      3. Losing weight if you're overweight
      4. Avoiding foods high n purines (Alcohol, organ meat like liver, beans, and some dark vegatable like spenich, salt and junk food. You need to drink a lot of water to flush out your kidneys.
      5. Discontinuing use of medications that may be causing elevated uric acid levels.

      In addition, you may need further testing to rule out conditions that may contribute to elevated uric acid levels--especially if levels don't rreturn to normal after lifestyle changes. Additonal treatment may include medications to lower uric acid levels. It is important to note that high uric acid levels are lso associated with an increased rick of heat disease. So it is important to retuce high uric acid levels.

      Blessings

  10. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms gout?
    I was doing some heavy research on gout. Just recently my boss just told me he has gout and how it causes pain when he walks etc. So I told him how my boyfried has pain in his feet and toes and when he gets up first thing in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time he is in huge pain. There are a lot of things that are pointing towards it. Diabetes runs in his family. He has the pain described. Of course he is like 99% of guys out there and likes to drink. On top of that he does eat rich food. It seem to also mainly affect his toe and which I read it is 95% of attacks. He also is affected by it badly some days and some weeks and then it is not as bad. I kinda been reading like a mad women about this on wikipedia. My concern is I love him so much that I want to make sure he ain't in any pain and it hurts so much to see him like this.

    So here are my two questions I am pondering. Do you think he might have gout? Would this be spotted in a physical as he recently had one? How can he inform his doctor that he thinks he might have gout (in which I am hoping he will after I tell him about what I found out)? I mean would he be turned away from his doctor by diagnosing his own symptoms? Plus, if his doctor did not find it, should he go to another doctor about this? I have already been telling him he should since he is in this huge pain and his doctor keeps telling him there is nothing he can do and offered a solution of inserts for his shoes.

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you know exactly whats wrong. i work in the nursing field and know some about it. if he eats alot of red meat it can affect it, as does drinking. the best bet would be for him to go to his doctor and explain his symptoms and go from there. they should do an mri or something in that field. they will tell him to stay away from those things that will bring on the pain. but if his doctor wont do anything then i would get a different doc. there is nothing wrong with making a suggestion about your health to the doc. it might actually help diagnose him better. good luck  :)

  11. QUESTION:
    My URIC acid level is anywhere from 9-11 over the past 7 years. I just had the worst gout attack of all time?
    Now I feel lower back pain and testicular pain with a touch of abdominal. I am wondering if it is kidney stones. I often have to force my urine, sometimes I go so much more than I have drank water in that recent time frame, all I drink is water and I have a very limited diet that strays to cheap potato chips twice a month maybe. What is causing this pain? I only take (0.6) mg of colchicine the past few days and only taking one pill a day doesnt normally cause me this much discomfort. I have the "dull tooth ache" feeling in my back with throbbing teste.

    Kidney stone or what?
    God Alan, ACAI berry is on the avoids for gout.

    • ANSWER:
      Sure sounds like it. You may well have uric acid stones. Most stones are calcium oxylate, but with your history, uric acid stones are a real possibility.

      Ask your doctor about a CT scan to look for stones.

  12. QUESTION:
    Kidney Disease?
    My dad (71 yrs old) was just told that his kidneys are functioning at 65%. How serious is this and would he have to go on dialysis eventually? He's been seriously ill within the past 10 months. It started with a stroke, then they installed a pace maker because of heart problems (IHSS), then his medicine caused internal bleeding (lost 9 units of blood), then he had emergency gall bladder surgery and has numerous gout attacks because of all the stress. Now we get this news. What are the options for this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no real options. Sometimes kidney function remains stable for a long period of time. Keeping your dad well hydrated (too much of anything is not good - you can die of water intoxication too, so use some good sense here) is important.

      Have a discussion with your doctor about any nephrotoxic medications he may be taking (anti-gout medications and some high blood pressure medications particularly) and consider alternatives.

      If he is diabetic he needs to be certain his sugars are below 180 at all times. The better control of his blood sugars to normal, the better his kidneys will respond. If he does not have a diagnosis of diabetes then he should be carefully screened for it.

      If there has not been an ultra sound to evaluate the renal artery flow, that should be done. It can be a source of kidney failure.

      If his blood pressure is over 130, systolic, then it requires better control.

      Special precautions should be used prior to any dye administration for imagining or cardiac catheterizations.

      I don't think the IHSS (Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis) is necessarily playing a role with this problem.

      Additionally with chronic kidney failure people often become anemic due to losing red blood cells through filtration. It therefore is important that his doctor keep tabs on this matter.

      Will he progress to total kideny failure? I don't know. Some people do fine with reduced kidney function over many years, without much change. Other's especially those with comorbid illness, like diabetes and hypertension, have continued decline in kidney function until they require dialysis. If you have further questions, it may be of benefit for you to visit a nephrologist with your Dad.

      I hope this helped. Good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    My feet feel like they are in hot water almost all the time, any ideas?
    I had a SEVERE attack of gout about a year ago and wonder if that caused nerve damage. I also have an oblong lump on the middle of my neck, next to my spine, about the size of a 50 cent coin. Could that put pressure on a nerve that causes the hot sensation in my feet and pain in my legs? I also get fairly severe headaches 1-2 times a month. I am a little scared of going to the doctor for fear of what he would find. I don't have insurance and certainly don't have money for a hospital stay!! Don't know what to do....

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor. I understand your money circumstances right now is very hard but the induration on your spine is not a very good sign and can cause alot of damage to your CNS (central Nervous System) when is the being of all your nerves into your entire body that sends transmissions to your brain to tell you if you are in pain or not. That can very well be the cause of the problems in your feet and the headaches it is very important for you to have an x-ray done before it gets worse, or could be a possible tumor which can either spread or cause more damage. Early detection of problems is easier for you to take care of the situation before it gets out of hand.

      Hope this helps

  14. QUESTION:
    A realistic list of purine free foods?
    I have recently been diagnosed with gout. The lists online are some what confusing, the only one food all agree on is that cherries are good for you, helping to prevent gout or help relieve an attack.

    Almost all sites say no whole grains, but don't specify which grains. Apparently rice is not bad? Corn? Barley? Asparagus is a big no-no as is cauliflower. Since I am allergic to apples, my fruit (aka fiber) intake is becoming quite condensed.

    After 4 weeks of no beef, dried beans, the above mentioned veggies and a ton of cherries, I can walk almost pain free.

    The only bad side affect has been I have developed some thing odd in my brain that causes me to pass out. There are "barrier receptors" in the brain that tell your heart to pump more oxygen when needed and mine are malfunctioning due to be semi-sedentary for so long before the gout was diagnosed (app 3 months). I fall down, a lot.

    Anyone have any lists of approved foods or info about this barrier brain receptor thing?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My husband suffers with gout also. When watching his diet along with eating cherries no long worked. My husband talked to his doctor about it and he gave him a prescription for Allopurinol. My husband is now gout free. Hope this helps!

  15. QUESTION:
    Can someone please proof read my piece and give me feedback ? please make any corrections and add ideas. Thank?
    This is a response I have to write for my class. Its about and interesting article called the itch I will include the website and you can read it if you like http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/…

    After reading the itch I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M and my fathers experiences are very similar, the doctors treated them both like Ginny pigs and were not able to figure out what caused there illness or a treatment to for their illness. My father’s right foot had gotten very swollen like the size of a football turned red and was warm to the touch; he was not able to put any pressure on his right foot at all. My brother and I decided to take my father to the emergency room because he was not able to bare the pain. The doctors initially had diagnosed my father with gout; Gout is a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The doctors then released my father from the hospital and prescribed him with pain medication, the same night my father’s condition had gotten worse and we had to take him back to hospital. The doctors notified us that they were going to keep my father overnight to perform several tests to figure out what caused the symptoms to get worse. After a few days my father was again released from the hospital with the same condition and with more prescription drugs. Three days later my father was having unbearably pain and we had to take him into the emergency room, once again the doctors were stunned to see us their and were left clueless they could not figure out what was the cause of the swollen foot. Once again they performed more tests and came up with a second diagnoses, this time they said my father might have an infection in his foot but they were not sure and would have to do more tests and Mri’s to find out if it was indeed was an infection . After performing many tests they still were not able to get a definite answer and many different doctors would be called and they would come in and ask the same questions repeatedly. When did your foot start to get swollen? What do you think caused this problem? So on and so fourth, the doctors the decided that it was an infection in the right foot and they would have to perform surgery. My father was desperate he was tired of being in bed and to be in the hospital time after time and was very frustrated why the doctors were not able to find a cure for his problem. A few days later the surgery was performed on the right foot and the doctors said “there is no infection found in the foot” yet it remained swollen. As doctors were not able to find a cure to M’s itch they were not able to find a cure for my father’s swollen foot and basically treated them as Ginny pigs because they found there problems out of the ordinary and it gave them a chance to experiment with them, they basically took chances not knowing the outcome, they did not think to see if what they were doing would cure the patient or make their symptoms worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm seeing lots of spelling problems:
      After reading "The Itch", I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M. and my father had similar experiences. The doctors appeared to treat them both as guinea pigs and were not able to determine what caused their illnesses or provide appropriate treatment for their conditions. My father's right foot had become swollen, red, painful, and warm to the touch. He was not able to bear any weight on his foot. My brother and I decided to take him to the Emergency Room as he could no longer bear the pain. The doctors initially diagnoses him as having Gout, a medical condition which usually presents with recurrent attacks of Acute Inflammatory Arthritis. The doctors then discharged my father from the hospital with a prescription for pain medication. Later that evening, my father's condition worsened, and he returned to the hospital. The doctors informed us that they would admit my father overnight in order to perform several tests. After a few days, my father was again released from the hospital with the same symptoms and with more prescription medications. Three days later, my father was having unbearable pain and he returned to the Emergency Room once again. The doctors were stunned to again see us and they were unable to determine why his foot remained swollen and painful. Once again, they performed tests and presented a second diagnosis of a possible infection. They were not certain of this however and decided that more testing would be required. After performing an MRI and additional testing, they still had no definitive answer. Many different doctors were consulted and all asked the same questions: "When did your foot start getting swollen?" "What do you think caused this problem?", and so forth. His doctors then determined that surgery was required for this possible infection. My father was desperate. He was tired of being in bed and of repeatedly being in a hospital. He was very frustrated that the doctors could not find a cure for his problem. A few days following his surgery, he was told that there was no infection found in his foot, however, his foot remained swollen. Just as the doctors were unable to find a cure to M.'s itch, they were unable to find a cure for my father's swollen foot and treated both my father and M. as guinea pigs. Because their problems were out of the ordinary, it gave the doctors the opportunity to experiment with them. They took chances, not knowing the outcome and they did not appear to consider if what they were doing might cure the patient or cause their symptoms to worsen.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can someone please proof read my piece and give me feedback ?
    This is a response I have to write for my class. Its about and interesting article called the itch I will include the website and you can read it if you like http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all

    After reading the itch I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M and my fathers experiences are very similar, the doctors treated them both like Ginny pigs and were not able to figure out what caused there illness or a treatment to for their illness. My father’s right foot had gotten very swollen like the size of a football turned red and was warm to the touch; he was not able to put any pressure on his right foot at all. My brother and I decided to take my father to the emergency room because he was not able to bare the pain. The doctors initially had diagnosed my father with gout; Gout is a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The doctors then released my father from the hospital and prescribed him with pain medication, the same night my father’s condition had gotten worse and we had to take him back to hospital. The doctors notified us that they were going to keep my father overnight to perform several tests to figure out what caused the symptoms to get worse. After a few days my father was again released from the hospital with the same condition and with more prescription drugs. Three days later my father was having unbearably pain and we had to take him into the emergency room, once again the doctors were stunned to see us their and were left clueless they could not figure out what was the cause of the swollen foot. Once again they performed more tests and came up with a second diagnoses, this time they said my father might have an infection in his foot but they were not sure and would have to do more tests and Mri’s to find out if it was indeed was an infection . After performing many tests they still were not able to get a definite answer and many different doctors would be called and they would come in and ask the same questions repeatedly. When did your foot start to get swollen? What do you think caused this problem? So on and so fourth, the doctors the decided that it was an infection in the right foot and they would have to perform surgery. My father was desperate he was tired of being in bed and to be in the hospital time after time and was very frustrated why the doctors were not able to find a cure for his problem. A few days later the surgery was performed on the right foot and the doctors said “there is no infection found in the foot” yet it remained swollen. As doctors were not able to find a cure to M’s itch they were not able to find a cure for my father’s swollen foot and basically treated them as Ginny pigs because they found there problems out of the ordinary and it gave them a chance to experiment with them, they basically took chances not knowing the outcome, they did not think to see if what they were doing would cure the patient or make their symptoms worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I have incorporated the corrections into the text below:

      After reading "The Itch," I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M's and my father's experiences are very similar. The doctors treated them both like guinea pigs and were not able to figure out what caused their illnesses or treatments for their illnesses.

      My father’s right foot had gotten very swollen, like the size of a football turned red and was warm to the touch; he was not able to put any pressure on his right foot at all. My brother and I decided to take my father to the emergency room, because he was not able to tolerate the pain. The doctors initially had diagnosed my father with gout, which is a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The doctors then released my father from the hospital and prescribed him with pain medication. Later that same night my father’s condition got worse, and we had to take him back to hospital. The doctors notified us that they were going to keep him overnight to perform several tests to figure out what caused the symptoms to get worse. After a few days my father was again released from the hospital with the same diagnosis and with more prescription drugs.

      Three days later my father was having unbearable pain, and we had to take him into the emergency room. Once again the doctors were stunned to see us there, and they were left clueless. They could not figure out what was the cause of the swollen foot. They performed more tests and came up with a second diagnosis. This time they said my father might have an infection in his foot, but they were not sure and would have to do more tests and MRIs to find out for sure.

      After performing many tests they still were not able to come up with a definite answer, and many different doctors were called and they asked the same questions repeatedly. When did your foot start to get swollen? What do you think caused this problem? So on and so forth. The doctors then decided that it was an infection in the right foot and they would have to perform surgery. My father was desperate. He was tired of being in bed and in the hospital. He was also very frustrated with why the doctors were not able to find a cure for his problem. A few days later the surgery was performed on the right foot and the doctors said “there was no infection found in the foot,” yet it remained swollen.

      Similarly, as doctors were not able to find a cure to M’s itch, they were not able to find a cure for my father’s swollen foot and basically treated them as guinea pigs, because they found their problems out of the ordinary. Their conditions gave them a chance to experiment with them. They basically took chances not knowing the outcome; they did not think to see if what they were doing would cure the patient or make their symptoms worse.

      [There needs to be more of a conclusion. Perhaps a statement of how a patient should respond to being treated in such a manner by the doctors. How did your dad respond after the surgery to be told there was no infection? What was the ultimate outcome? Are we to accept our role as guinea pigs because doctors are more educated in medicine than we are or should we expect more from them? Would it be better for them to say, "We don't know what's wrong."?]

  17. QUESTION:
    Why does my foot feel like it is going to Explode? OUCH!!?
    am in my 30's and overall pretty healthy and have been experiencing EXTREME foot pain on and off for about five years. I went to a podiatrist a year ago and he just said I needed his custom orthotics for 700 dollars and the pain will go away. Well it didn't even come close to going way. Normally I will get a flare up every week to every couple of weeks that will last from 3-14 days if I take 800 mg. Ibuprofen every 4 hours. It's like a bump that forms on any joint in the foot or ankle and it usually gets very red and hot with white dots that start to appear. The pain is easy to describe- it is an intense pain that feels like if you stuck it with a needle it would explode! Sometimes when I'm on the computer and I cross my ankles too long the next day my ankle will usually get attacked maybe from the heat? I have had slightly higher uric acid #'s in the past however my last test was normal. Doctors always give me colchicine, prednisone, and indocin and tell me it should go away shortly. In the past one doctor said he almost thinks it's not gout because the medication should work within a couple days. The weird thing is that sometimes the pain will be unbearable and I have to lay in bed for 5 days then all of a sudden my foot feels incredibly good like nothing even happened. It's like an on and off switch- PAIN!!!-NO PAIN!!! I got an XRAY a while back and there are no broken bone at all. The last time I went to the doctor I almost missed my appointment because it took me an hour to walk from my car to his office. When I got there he laughed, and said looks like your in pain... He didn't know what to say either. He told me to take celebrex and to call him if my stomach starts to bleed. Can gout be so aggressive like this hitting different joints in the feet and ankles constantly? I tried the cherry extract and cranberry juice in the past for months with no relief? Also, I stay away for foods that create uric acid and I don't drink alcohol anymore. Does anyone have anything similar or have any advice where to go next? I don't think it's that complicated but it seems the doctors don't care about what is causing it. I'd rather find the cause than numbing it and be disabled in my 40's. Any suggestions? Sorry about the long post I'm just so frustrated with this pain.
    Thanks so much for your reply Dr. Shah, I will give that I try and get back to you. Also I don't have any other pain in my body, it just targets any spot on my feet or ankles. Would that be typical arthritis? Also, is arthritis typical so early in time? Why just feet and ankles? Just seems weird to me. However, the pain feels like gout but sometimes after Ibuprofen I can just walk it off after 3-4 days.....

    • ANSWER:
      my dear, i am feeling very bad about you and your complain and pitty on those doctors who are treating you and giving you such medicines which will never cure this disease. you are taking just a palliative treatment that means those medicines will just give you temporary reliefe only. if you really wish to get rid of your gout as you termed it, you should go for homeopathic medicines or ayurvedic medicines which will defenately help you.
      some of the name i am writing here try to take it and if you feel better with those medicines just continue with it or else get back to me again or ask question again i will try my level best to help you out.
      belladona200 c 2dram 10-10-10 this is the best suiting medicine for your symptoms along with it you can add biochemic combination no. 19 4-4-4 atleast for 20 days then after tell me about the progress of disease and if you find RHEUM AID tab then it will work as pain killer instead of your all the allopathic medicines.
      generally i need to see your x-ray reports also, is there any calcification in the bones or any reducing in space of joints
      you should go for RA test, its a blood test and also go for Ca+ level checking whethere it has been reduced or not and if reduced that means you belongs to osteoporotic level and if so then you should add any of calcium medicines in your daily medications like CP6X or HOMEOCAL like that
      so hope you got your proper answer, in future any further query feel free to ask anything regarding your health,
      bye
      all the best
      take care
      and do your regular exercises

  18. QUESTION:
    I feel really depressed and scared ?
    I have a brother in New York and we live 600 miles away from each other. I miss him dearly, I used to hang out with him all the time and we were best friend like brothers. It really makes me depressed, I miss him so much. He has no cell service, and I remember the past. I miss the past so much, seriously, I'm tearing up typing this right now. I miss when he lived with me and we used to play dragonball z video games all the time.
    My mom had a seizure like 2 months ago, my grandpa, great grandma and granddad died within the 2 years. It caused me major anxiety and depression. I'm watching home alone 2 and it reminds me of when the times were good and everything was fine. My uncle just had a heart attack and hr had to have 3 stents put in. All this stuff is scaring me so bad, how life can be so messed up.
    I really worried about my mom, because she has been stressed. I help her out by giving her massages and helping her when she's stressed. She was sad today and cried (first time I seen her cry in a while ) , about her brother because he had that heart attack. My moms mom was worried about my mom and her son. My mom was sad because of the fact her mom was sad and worried. We got in a recent car accident , it was the other persons fault (rear end) but he's paying for the damage. We didn't get hurt, it was minor.
    But to top this off, I have major anxiety and vision problems, I need glasses. It's been really stressful the past 2 years. I miss my brother so much along with my grandpa and I just can't help to cry. I miss the old days before 2008. I used to be so care free about life and was always happy. It caught up to me.
    I could type more but it's already really long..sorry about that. What can I do to relax ?
    I have been worried about gout blind even though I'm not. I don't have a major eye disease and I haven't had any eye injurys.
    I just feel so scared about everything :,(

    • ANSWER:
      You are not alone, its good that you're trying to talk about your feelings. When I feel overwhelmed, I try to focus on feeling comfortable with myself first and not getting worried about the details around me. I find that this helps to center myself, this helps to take the edge off. Hope this helps.


What Causes Gout And Symptoms

Written By: admin - Jul• 21•12

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Causes of Ovarian Cancer

Women who have not had children are slightly more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who have, although the risk is still very low. Having two or more children may provide more protection than just one.

Breast feeding your children may slightly decrease your risk.

Starting your periods early or having a late menopause slightly increases your risk of ovarian cancer.

If a woman has ovarian cancer and her daughter develops ovarian cancer, the daughter will probably develop the cancer at a relatively young age (younger than 60 years).

Family history: A woman's risk for developing ovarian cancer increases if she has a first degree relative (like sister, mother, grandmother) that suffered from ovarian cancer. The risks do not necessarily increase because of a family history ovarian cancer - but when the inherited genetic mutations are present. However, a woman's risk for ovarian cancer can be tied to a family history of breast or colon cancer. Also the risk for ovarian cancer is indirectly proportional with the age of the relative that suffered from ovarian cancer.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

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Abdominal/pelvic discomfort or pressure

Back or leg pain

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Changes in bowel function or urinary frequency

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Treatments for Ovarian Cancer

Surgery is the preferred treatment and is often needed to diagnose ovarian cancer.

Studies have shown that surgery performed by a specialist in gynecologic oncology results in a higher cure rate.

Chemotherapy is used as after surgery to treat any remaining disease. Chemotherapy can also be used if the cancer comes back.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms and causes af gout?
    I have some serious pain in my big toe but it doesn't seem that swollen, Also I do suffer from acute arthritis but the pain seems different than that. Any help or info would be appreciated
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Does it feel so painful that you would think it was broken?
      My arthritis turned out to be gout and was only diagnosed when I went to a GP on holiday! He took one look and said "That's gout go and see my nurse and get a blood test"
      It was positive.
      I was astounded!
      He gave me a prescription for Allopurinol and I've taken it ever since.
      I'm teetotal and steer clear of purines
      It doesn't necessarily come from your diet-your body is producing the uric acid itself.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of gout, and what causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      People usually have 'attacks' of gout - it may affect you for a period of time and then go away eventually, even without treatment. The symptoms include:

      * severe pain in the joint(s) that develops within a few hours - the pain may be so severe that even the light pressure of bedclothes can feel unbearable
      * red and shiny skin around the joint - in some cases the skin will peel
      * fever

      Without treatment, an attack usually lasts up to about two weeks. With treatment, this can be reduced to two to seven days.

      Left untreated, attacks of gout may become more frequent and last longer.

      Gout is caused if you have too much urate in your body.

      Urate (also called uric acid) is a chemical which everybody has in their blood. It travels in the clear part of the blood (the plasma) in the form of a salt.

      Urate is normally harmless and the body usually passes excess urate out of the body through the kidneys into the urine.

      However, in people who are prone to gout, the level of urate can:

      * build up - if the kidneys do not excrete urate fast enough
      * rise if the body produces too much urate - this can happen due to other illnesses such as blood disorders or because of diet - see "Risk factors" below

      If the level of urate is too high, it can form tiny crystals that collect in the tissues, particularly in and around joints.

      Not everybody with high levels of urate gets gout and some people get gout but do not have high levels of urate.

      The exact reason why some people develop gout and others don't is not currently known, but there are risk factors.
      Risk factors

      There are certain factors that can affect your likelihood of getting gout. You are more likely to have gout if you:

      * are a man, as the plasma urate level normally tends to be higher in men than women
      * consume high levels of a substance called purine in your diet
      * drink lots of alcohol, which interferes with how your body passes out urate
      * take certain medicines, such as diuretics, which increase the flow of urine from the body
      * have a family history of gout
      * have a family history of kidney disease causing the kidneys to not pass enough urate out in the urine
      * are overweight
      * have a medical condition such as psoriasis which can sometimes cause your body to produce too much urate - Psoriasis
      * have high blood pressure - High blood pressure
      * injure a joint
      * have a surgical operation
      * have some chemotherapy drugs

  3. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms gout?
    I was doing some heavy research on gout. Just recently my boss just told me he has gout and how it causes pain when he walks etc. So I told him how my boyfried has pain in his feet and toes and when he gets up first thing in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time he is in huge pain. There are a lot of things that are pointing towards it. Diabetes runs in his family. He has the pain described. Of course he is like 99% of guys out there and likes to drink. On top of that he does eat rich food. It seem to also mainly affect his toe and which I read it is 95% of attacks. He also is affected by it badly some days and some weeks and then it is not as bad. I kinda been reading like a mad women about this on wikipedia. My concern is I love him so much that I want to make sure he ain't in any pain and it hurts so much to see him like this.

    So here are my two questions I am pondering. Do you think he might have gout? Would this be spotted in a physical as he recently had one? How can he inform his doctor that he thinks he might have gout (in which I am hoping he will after I tell him about what I found out)? I mean would he be turned away from his doctor by diagnosing his own symptoms? Plus, if his doctor did not find it, should he go to another doctor about this? I have already been telling him he should since he is in this huge pain and his doctor keeps telling him there is nothing he can do and offered a solution of inserts for his shoes.

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you know exactly whats wrong. i work in the nursing field and know some about it. if he eats alot of red meat it can affect it, as does drinking. the best bet would be for him to go to his doctor and explain his symptoms and go from there. they should do an mri or something in that field. they will tell him to stay away from those things that will bring on the pain. but if his doctor wont do anything then i would get a different doc. there is nothing wrong with making a suggestion about your health to the doc. it might actually help diagnose him better. good luck  :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Gout and drinking alcohol?
    When a friend of mine drinks alcohol over a certain amount, no matter whether or not he gets buzzed or drunk, he gets a pounding headache and his joints start hurting really badly, everything from wrist to elbow to knee, shoulder, ankle, etc etc.

    Someone told him it might be gout, anyone else have any idea what could cause such symptoms? He normally does not have joint pain otherwise.

    • ANSWER:
      What you describe is not gout.

  5. QUESTION:
    i need homework help!!!!! please!!! =]?
    okay sooo i need help.
    answer as many as you can k (=

    1) What is the difference between compact and spongy bone?

    2) List, describe, and give an example of the three types of joints.

    3) Name the three types of spinal curvature and describe their physical characteristics.

    4) What is a greenstick fracture?

    5) What does reduction mean?

    6) What is a fatty emoblism and when might it occur?

    7) Describe the symptoms, causes, and treatment of gout.

    answer as many as you can.
    & thank you in advance! (=

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    How do Vegans stay Gout free and free from Iron Deficiency ?
    Symptoms of gout include enlarged and stiff joints in the body, frequently found in ankles of older folks and long term (ten years or more) vegans who eat mostly beans, caused by high Uric acid build up. Doctor’s advice is to stay clear of beans.

    If this a myth or another medical symptom,
    - how does a body get gout process beans that are often the related cause of high uric acid ?
    - Is there a method of cooking beans like lentils and dhal to reduce likelihood of uric acid build up ?
    - what does one eat to make up for iron deficiency ?
    What does your boyfriend say about uric acid and gout ?

    • ANSWER:
      Take a look at the Vegan Society's site:

      http://www.vegansociety.com/html/food/nutrition/iron.php

      As well as iron, calcium can be lacking in a vegan diet since its richest source is dairy produce.

      A simple blood test for ferritin levels will say whether iron is low before anaemia sets in.

      Supplements for both iron and calcium are cheap, but they should not be taken within four hours of each other as one interferes with the absorption of the other.

  7. QUESTION:
    What exactly is Gout and?
    Does it usually happen in one part of the body? What are symptoms and what causes it? Exactly WHAT is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout occurs when there is an overproduction of uric acid in the body. Genetics can also play a role. It can also occur as a complication of other conditions. Other potential causes include surgery, stress,crash diets, sudden and severe illness, chemotherapy, joint injury, high blood pressure, and excessive exercise. Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe but can occur in your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. The pain typically lasts five to 10 days and then stops. The discomfort subsides gradually over one to two weeks, leaving the joint apparently normal and pain-free. The affected joint or joints become swollen, tender and red. Lumps (tophi) may be found under the skin around the elbows, heels or ears. There is no exact way to prevent attacks of gout, but if you have gout your doctor may prescribe certain medications to reduce the risk or lessen the severity of future attacks. You can read more about gout here
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/gout/ffgout.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    Gout relief symptom - Does gout affect the fingers, or is it only the toe that swells up?
    The ring finger of my right hand tends to swell up often. I don't wear a ring and there's no injury to cause it. The swelling gets a little dark but eases after a few days. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a painful condition that occurs when the bodily waste product uric acid is deposited as needle-like crystals in the joints and/or soft tissues. In the joints, these uric acid crystals cause inflammatory arthritis, which in turn leads to intermittent swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joints.

      Gout initially affects the joints of the big toe (a condition called podagra). But many other joints and areas around the joints can be affected in addition to or instead of the big toe. These include the insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows. Chalky deposits of uric acid, also known as tophi, can appear as lumps under the skin that surrounds the joints and covers the rim of the ear. Uric acid crystals can also collect in the kidneys and cause kidney stones.

      The important thing to understand that gout can be 'controlled' not 'cured'.

  9. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! What type of cherry juice do I drink for Gout?
    I believe I do have Gout, I hear that cherries is good to eat and cherry juice to drink as well, but I'm not sure what type of cherry juice does it have to be natural or??..
    I read about Gout and it shows that it usually starts on your toes, well, mine did but I usually just get one swollen finger, Usually when you have arthritis doesn't all you fingers swell? I always just get one of my fingers, not all at once. Like right now my middle finger is wselled like a plump sausauge. I have not been diagnosed for it but I have a feeling I do have it cause of my symptoms. Ill go to the Dr. as soon as my insurance kicks in, but for now any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated:)
    2 hours ago - 1 week left to answer.
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    23 minutes ago

    First two answers were very informative, is it normal for me to have Gout? I'm only 34yrs old, when I read about it, it shows that women in thier 50's are the ones it hits the most.. I'm still kinda young.
    Again, any info would be appreciated:)

    • ANSWER:
      It started in my husband's foot at age 18. The cherry juice helps him a lot. You have to get the pure kind, not pomegranite-cherry or cherry-white grape or anything like that. They have it at Trader Joe's, if they have that where you live, but cherries are seasonal, so stock up. Also, it's important to drink it as soon as you start to feel the pain. It is much more effective taken preventively rather than as a remedy once you are in severe pain. The health food store sells supplements, but he hasn't tried those yet. The doctor prescribes anti-inflammatory's, also more effective taken at the first sign of pain.
      Cut down on alcohol and meat, especially organ meat.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Gout?
    I have been having a lot of issues with my knee flaring up. I used to flare up and cause a little bit of pain, and when I would lay off of it, it would get better, the last flare up that I had was horrible. My knee felt as if it were on fire, like Icy Hot times ten! It swelled up and felt very warm. It is tender to touch and feels somewhere between a sunburn and a bruise.
    I have noticed that it is much worse with increased activity and at night.
    Also, the pain is radiating, it moves into my hip, the back of my thigh, my shin and sometimes my foot.

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a reaction of the body in response to accumulation of a natural waste-product called uric acid. Normally uric acid is excreted from the body through urine, but when it starts accumulating due to any blockages in the elimination system, it starts forming needle-like crystals in the joints of the body. These crystals lead to inflammation and pain in the joints, which is commonly described as gout. The big toe, knees and wrist joints are the parts where gout is normally seen.

      Gout treatment normally involves a three step approach. The first step is control of pain through the use of analgesics such as Tylenol. This is followed by treatment with NSAIDs, colchicines and corticosteroids to bring down the inflammation. Once the inflammation is under control, drugs are administered to treat the root cause of accumulation of uric acid. There are a number of different drugs used for this including Anturane, Benemid, Colchicine, and Zyloprim.

      As the drugs force the removal of uric acid from the body, their most common side effect is excessive urination, which could lead to dehydration and a lack of fluids in the body.

      http://www.pharmacy-tech-resources.com/Arthritis-Medications.html

  11. QUESTION:
    what is this symptoms of.?
    ok my foot was really itchy it caused some swelling first on the top of my foot but, it went away and then at the bottom of my foot and around my toe. people tell me it could be athletes foot but it has none of the other symptoms such as scaling or flakey skin or any kind of skin abnormality that occurs w/ athletes foot....so maybe it could be early signs? but im not sure. i also came accross some thing called neuropathy but, from what im reading it says it occurs in diabetics. but im not diabetic....ive also checked out gout but nothing corrolates w/ that.....is this athlete's foot? or is there any other infection that could cause this. again the symptoms are itching, swelling, and pain

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Can someone please proof read my piece and give me feedback ? please make any corrections and add ideas. Thank?
    This is a response I have to write for my class. Its about and interesting article called the itch I will include the website and you can read it if you like http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/…

    After reading the itch I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M and my fathers experiences are very similar, the doctors treated them both like Ginny pigs and were not able to figure out what caused there illness or a treatment to for their illness. My father’s right foot had gotten very swollen like the size of a football turned red and was warm to the touch; he was not able to put any pressure on his right foot at all. My brother and I decided to take my father to the emergency room because he was not able to bare the pain. The doctors initially had diagnosed my father with gout; Gout is a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The doctors then released my father from the hospital and prescribed him with pain medication, the same night my father’s condition had gotten worse and we had to take him back to hospital. The doctors notified us that they were going to keep my father overnight to perform several tests to figure out what caused the symptoms to get worse. After a few days my father was again released from the hospital with the same condition and with more prescription drugs. Three days later my father was having unbearably pain and we had to take him into the emergency room, once again the doctors were stunned to see us their and were left clueless they could not figure out what was the cause of the swollen foot. Once again they performed more tests and came up with a second diagnoses, this time they said my father might have an infection in his foot but they were not sure and would have to do more tests and Mri’s to find out if it was indeed was an infection . After performing many tests they still were not able to get a definite answer and many different doctors would be called and they would come in and ask the same questions repeatedly. When did your foot start to get swollen? What do you think caused this problem? So on and so fourth, the doctors the decided that it was an infection in the right foot and they would have to perform surgery. My father was desperate he was tired of being in bed and to be in the hospital time after time and was very frustrated why the doctors were not able to find a cure for his problem. A few days later the surgery was performed on the right foot and the doctors said “there is no infection found in the foot” yet it remained swollen. As doctors were not able to find a cure to M’s itch they were not able to find a cure for my father’s swollen foot and basically treated them as Ginny pigs because they found there problems out of the ordinary and it gave them a chance to experiment with them, they basically took chances not knowing the outcome, they did not think to see if what they were doing would cure the patient or make their symptoms worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm seeing lots of spelling problems:
      After reading "The Itch", I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M. and my father had similar experiences. The doctors appeared to treat them both as guinea pigs and were not able to determine what caused their illnesses or provide appropriate treatment for their conditions. My father's right foot had become swollen, red, painful, and warm to the touch. He was not able to bear any weight on his foot. My brother and I decided to take him to the Emergency Room as he could no longer bear the pain. The doctors initially diagnoses him as having Gout, a medical condition which usually presents with recurrent attacks of Acute Inflammatory Arthritis. The doctors then discharged my father from the hospital with a prescription for pain medication. Later that evening, my father's condition worsened, and he returned to the hospital. The doctors informed us that they would admit my father overnight in order to perform several tests. After a few days, my father was again released from the hospital with the same symptoms and with more prescription medications. Three days later, my father was having unbearable pain and he returned to the Emergency Room once again. The doctors were stunned to again see us and they were unable to determine why his foot remained swollen and painful. Once again, they performed tests and presented a second diagnosis of a possible infection. They were not certain of this however and decided that more testing would be required. After performing an MRI and additional testing, they still had no definitive answer. Many different doctors were consulted and all asked the same questions: "When did your foot start getting swollen?" "What do you think caused this problem?", and so forth. His doctors then determined that surgery was required for this possible infection. My father was desperate. He was tired of being in bed and of repeatedly being in a hospital. He was very frustrated that the doctors could not find a cure for his problem. A few days following his surgery, he was told that there was no infection found in his foot, however, his foot remained swollen. Just as the doctors were unable to find a cure to M.'s itch, they were unable to find a cure for my father's swollen foot and treated both my father and M. as guinea pigs. Because their problems were out of the ordinary, it gave the doctors the opportunity to experiment with them. They took chances, not knowing the outcome and they did not appear to consider if what they were doing might cure the patient or cause their symptoms to worsen.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can someone please proof read my piece and give me feedback ?
    This is a response I have to write for my class. Its about and interesting article called the itch I will include the website and you can read it if you like http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all

    After reading the itch I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M and my fathers experiences are very similar, the doctors treated them both like Ginny pigs and were not able to figure out what caused there illness or a treatment to for their illness. My father’s right foot had gotten very swollen like the size of a football turned red and was warm to the touch; he was not able to put any pressure on his right foot at all. My brother and I decided to take my father to the emergency room because he was not able to bare the pain. The doctors initially had diagnosed my father with gout; Gout is a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The doctors then released my father from the hospital and prescribed him with pain medication, the same night my father’s condition had gotten worse and we had to take him back to hospital. The doctors notified us that they were going to keep my father overnight to perform several tests to figure out what caused the symptoms to get worse. After a few days my father was again released from the hospital with the same condition and with more prescription drugs. Three days later my father was having unbearably pain and we had to take him into the emergency room, once again the doctors were stunned to see us their and were left clueless they could not figure out what was the cause of the swollen foot. Once again they performed more tests and came up with a second diagnoses, this time they said my father might have an infection in his foot but they were not sure and would have to do more tests and Mri’s to find out if it was indeed was an infection . After performing many tests they still were not able to get a definite answer and many different doctors would be called and they would come in and ask the same questions repeatedly. When did your foot start to get swollen? What do you think caused this problem? So on and so fourth, the doctors the decided that it was an infection in the right foot and they would have to perform surgery. My father was desperate he was tired of being in bed and to be in the hospital time after time and was very frustrated why the doctors were not able to find a cure for his problem. A few days later the surgery was performed on the right foot and the doctors said “there is no infection found in the foot” yet it remained swollen. As doctors were not able to find a cure to M’s itch they were not able to find a cure for my father’s swollen foot and basically treated them as Ginny pigs because they found there problems out of the ordinary and it gave them a chance to experiment with them, they basically took chances not knowing the outcome, they did not think to see if what they were doing would cure the patient or make their symptoms worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I have incorporated the corrections into the text below:

      After reading "The Itch," I immediately thought of the experiences I witnessed when my father was ill. M's and my father's experiences are very similar. The doctors treated them both like guinea pigs and were not able to figure out what caused their illnesses or treatments for their illnesses.

      My father’s right foot had gotten very swollen, like the size of a football turned red and was warm to the touch; he was not able to put any pressure on his right foot at all. My brother and I decided to take my father to the emergency room, because he was not able to tolerate the pain. The doctors initially had diagnosed my father with gout, which is a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The doctors then released my father from the hospital and prescribed him with pain medication. Later that same night my father’s condition got worse, and we had to take him back to hospital. The doctors notified us that they were going to keep him overnight to perform several tests to figure out what caused the symptoms to get worse. After a few days my father was again released from the hospital with the same diagnosis and with more prescription drugs.

      Three days later my father was having unbearable pain, and we had to take him into the emergency room. Once again the doctors were stunned to see us there, and they were left clueless. They could not figure out what was the cause of the swollen foot. They performed more tests and came up with a second diagnosis. This time they said my father might have an infection in his foot, but they were not sure and would have to do more tests and MRIs to find out for sure.

      After performing many tests they still were not able to come up with a definite answer, and many different doctors were called and they asked the same questions repeatedly. When did your foot start to get swollen? What do you think caused this problem? So on and so forth. The doctors then decided that it was an infection in the right foot and they would have to perform surgery. My father was desperate. He was tired of being in bed and in the hospital. He was also very frustrated with why the doctors were not able to find a cure for his problem. A few days later the surgery was performed on the right foot and the doctors said “there was no infection found in the foot,” yet it remained swollen.

      Similarly, as doctors were not able to find a cure to M’s itch, they were not able to find a cure for my father’s swollen foot and basically treated them as guinea pigs, because they found their problems out of the ordinary. Their conditions gave them a chance to experiment with them. They basically took chances not knowing the outcome; they did not think to see if what they were doing would cure the patient or make their symptoms worse.

      [There needs to be more of a conclusion. Perhaps a statement of how a patient should respond to being treated in such a manner by the doctors. How did your dad respond after the surgery to be told there was no infection? What was the ultimate outcome? Are we to accept our role as guinea pigs because doctors are more educated in medicine than we are or should we expect more from them? Would it be better for them to say, "We don't know what's wrong."?]

  14. QUESTION:
    Is this true? My husband's 2mm kidney stone isn't what's bothering him?
    My husband has had 2 CT scans in the past 3 months both of which show a 2mm kidney stone. He he's been to the ER for the usual symptoms (lower back and flank pain, blood in urine, fever, chills) and the urologist we took him to a few days ago scoffs at him. His blood work was normal and the CT showed that there was nothing else going on. When we gave the urologist the CD of the CT scan he told us he didn't see anything that would be bothering him and he's acting like my husband is just trying to get pain meds (he never asked for them either, I asked them to give him something for the pain). When I told him that I saw the stone on the CT myself, he said, "well yes there's a tiny stone but that wouldn't be causing his symptoms". I'm so frustrated. My husband is not a big baby and what's going on with him looks exactly like what people feel with stones. One of the ER docs said sometimes a stone can move then go back into the kidney over and over and I think that's what is happening. But the urologist is acting like a 2mm isn't big enough to bother him. I'd like to hear about other people's experiences. What can I do for him? He has Lortabs for pain, which don't seem to help much. Does the lemon juice/olive oil mixture really work? Don't know what the stone is made of though, probably calcium or uric acid. He is Japanese and has a family history of stones and gout if that makes a difference. Is a 2mm stone really too small for him to feel? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      The ureter would differ in its diameter down its length and a 2mm stone may become stuck or slowly scrape down causing alot of pain.
      Mine was fairly small, yet I passed out several times from the pain(and I was fine with natural, drug-free childbirth).
      The stone ended up becoming stuck half way down so I tried the olive oil/lemon juice concoction which was fairly foul and drank lots of water afterwards. All that happened was that I became very bloated and didn't pass much urine. I then tried Coke(as it has caffeine-diuretic) and after drinking a few litres, I ended up passing the stone which by then had broken up into tiny sand-like pieces.

  15. QUESTION:
    Any guess on what I might have? Bulging disc? Snapping hip syndrome? Cursed? :) ?
    My left hip hurts all the time and the pain runs down my leg. The pain is so bad that I feel like literally cutting off my leg so I don't have to feel the pain in those little nerve endings. Almost every morning, my left hip makes a little popping noise when I get up and pain shoots down my leg. I can't sleep on my back most nights, it's just too painful and keeps me awake. Sitting down is a trial and when I do end up sitting for a couple minutes and standing up again, my leg gets that dead leg, tingling sensation, you know, when blood circulation is cut off and comes rushing back. No idea what I have, too many diagnoses out there and the last time I went to the doctor, over a year ago, he wasn't very helpful in treating me. Kept trying to get me to take gout medication when I know I didn't have gout (cause my sister-in-law's dad has gout so I know what symptoms comes with the development of gout).

    • ANSWER:
      Find a better doctor!!! I would recommend seeing either a general orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist. Make sure they are Board Certified. If you have a primary care, ask them to give you some names. They are in the business of finding out which specialists are the best. Otherwise, subscribe to something like Angie's List which allows people to rate doctors to find someone with a good patient rating. Ask around in your area. It is not impossible to find a good doc.

      Btw, a bulging disk is unlikely to mimic pain like snapping hip syndrome. Snapping hip syndrome usually occurs on the front surface of the hip (groin pain) or on the outside bony area; bulging disk pain clearly occurs in the low back and usually refers down the back of the leg.

  16. QUESTION:
    Symptoms listed, please help with identifying my Dad's health problem?
    Dad is 45 years old
    6 ft tall
    125 kgs + (so over weight)
    Gets very little exercise
    Drinks between 12 - 20 beers a night!! - is currently on medication for the gout this is causing.
    Eats very few fruit and vege and barely drinks water!

    SO ASIDE FROM THE OBVIOUS, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY WHY MY DAD IS GETTING PAIN IN HIS LOWER STOMACH.
    Apparently it's been going for over a month - every now and again he gets pain in his stomach which makes him feel very nauseated, sick and feels like hunger pains.
    Please help he is so stubborn and won't listen to any thing I tell him about eating better and getting more exercise etc...what could this be????

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything, cancer, ulcers, and alcoholics usually have pancreatic problems and also cirrhosis of the liver.

      If he doesn't want to take care of himself, he's a fool.

      You can't dictate to him, just try to encourage him to get help, both for this physical problem, which is undoubtedly exacerbated, if not caused by, his alcoholism.

  17. QUESTION:
    Chronic Gout? No insurace. Terrible Pain?
    Hey my mother is disabled. she retains alot of fluid like in her ankles feet and legs and sometimes when its real bad in her belly. she cannot recieve medacaid for 2 years..thats the waiting period..so she has no healthcare. theres a clinic i can take her to for blood pressure pills and her lacix for peeing off the fluid but about 6 months ago..maybe less she started getting these pains in here legs...i did research online and cross reff. her symptoms and self diagnosed her with gout. chronic gout now because she had several flare ups within the last few months...see what happens is she takes the lacix.. a pill that makes her pee every 5 mins and then she sheds like 40 pounds in 2-3 days...which i think the rapid weight loss causes the uric acid build up and the gout comes. my question is how can help her she's hobbling around on one foot in tremendous pain..i feel so bad..but i cant take her to a doctor..any home remedies i can mix up..or anything?

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  18. QUESTION:
    Strange painful symptom on left foot?
    I have been experiencing pain on my left foot. Sometimes, but not all of the times, when I stand up on my left food, I feel like a needle sticking into the first falangi of my finger of my foot. The foot looks great, no swelliness, no redness, nothing. The pain originates from the attachment of the finger to the rest of the foot that is right next to the toe and if I press trying to massage the area it hurts but the more I massage it the better it gets. Plus if I go walk my dog it hurts initially as I walk...but then the pain goes almost all away. What this could be related to? Circulation? Tendons? I think its not gout cause my toe is actually doing fine. I thought about poor circulation...I sit on a chair in front of a computer for work 10 hours a day...sometimes more, but can poor blood flood be so painful? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      If this has been happening for a long time, say, weeks and weeks, then I would say go to a doctor.

      But if it just started, and you are walking ok on it, I think you will probably be Ok. Try wearing comfortable shoes to work or school, like sneakers. Foot problems are almost always from shoes. If you wear heels, etc. your foot needs a rest from them. If your shoes are too flat, say flip flop sandals, they are too flat and aren't giving you enough cushion for your feet.

      You may have damaged a nerve, but rest it and it will grow back I think. I doubt if it's circulation. You could have pulled a tendon. Only you know what your feet have been through lately. Be good to them they are the only ones you will get and they have a lot of miles and years to carry you! Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    can anyone help me with a physiology question? I'm stuck on #2 heres the assignment. Help is appreciated
    1. Bob is under a lot of stress at his job and at home. He begins to feel discomfort and a burning sensation in his abdomen after a meal, and after consulting a doctor finds that he has developed a duodenal ulcer. He doesn’t understand how being nervous would cause the ulcer, and asks you to explain. What would you tell him?

    2. Leon has gallstones. His doctor puts him on a diet low in fat. Why?

    3. Barb has Crohn’s disease, a regional inflammation of the intestine. The disease is thought to have some genetic basis, but the actual cause is as yet unknown. When the disease flares up, she experiences abdominal pain, weight loss, and anemia. Which part(s) of the intestine is (are) probably involved, and what is the cause of Barb’s symptoms?

    4. What symptoms would you expect to observe in a person whose small intestine is blocked at the level of the jejunum?

    5. In a condition known as gout, blood levels of uric acid are higher than normal. Since uric acid is not as soluble as urea, some of the uric acid will precipitate out in joint capsules, causing local inflammation, pain, and ultimately damage to the joint. Individuals with gout are frequently treated by altering their diet. How can this help?

    • ANSWER:
      one of the causes of gallstones is a high fat diet, which means more cholestrol in the gallbladder, and less emptying of it.

  20. QUESTION:
    physiology help! - what part of the intestine is inflamed with crohn's disease?having trouble with # 3
    3. Barb has Crohn’s disease, a regional inflammation of the intestine. The disease is thought to have some genetic basis, but the actual cause is as yet unknown. When the disease flares up, she experiences abdominal pain, weight loss, and anemia. Which part(s) of the intestine is (are) probably involved, and what is the cause of Barb’s symptoms?

    4. What symptoms would you expect to observe in a person whose small intestine is blocked at the level of the jejunum?

    5. In a condition known as gout, blood levels of uric acid are higher than normal. Since uric acid is not as soluble as urea, some of the uric acid will precipitate out in joint capsules, causing local inflammation, pain, and ultimately damage to the joint. Individuals with gout are frequently treated by altering their diet. How can this help?

    • ANSWER:
      For # 3... I have Crohn's and had the same problems as "Barb" I underwent surgery to removed the inflamed portion and it was the ilium that was removed. This is the most common problem area for people with Crohn's although it can effect any area of the digestive system from the mouth to the anus. When the ilium is inflamed it causes malabsorbtion of minerals and nutirents such as iron and B12. This is what causes the anemia and the inability to absorb other nutrients and fats causes the weight loss...
      Hope this helps

  21. QUESTION:
    Experiencing pain in my joints, and sometimes numbness?
    I'm a 16 year old female and I have experienced joint pain in my ankles, elbows, wrists, and in my arms. Usually when I experience joint pain in my ankles its caused by the cold, for example walking on cold pavement or having my feet uncovered. My wrists hurt from time to time without a specific cause. Usually when my wrists hurt, there is a numbness in my arm, and it feels as if there isn't enough circulation (which I think there is enough circulation going through my body). This especially happens when I try to lay down, and I have to keep switching from side to side, and keep my arms straight. It makes it hard to sleep. This is not a daily occurance, but when it does happen it is especially irritating! I also usually get shooting pains through my nerves usually on my neck and shoulders, I'm not sure if that's related or not. I used to be prone to cramping in my ankles and feet, that has seemed to change for the better.

    Is it possible to have arthiritis at the age of sixteen? Or what could be other causes of this? My father has gout, but I've looked at the symptoms and they don't seem relivent. I'm in horseback riding which could be a cause, but I doubt it. I've been to the doctor but he didn't think anything of it.

    Any ideas about what it could be?
    Thanks in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      To rule out gout, get a blood test for uric acid levels, if it is high then you may have gout. But reading your problems you may have arthritis ( not sure which version as there are many). Riding may well shake up or enhance early onset arthritis, many of my friends who ride mountain bikes get it in their hands and knees due to the shaking and bumps of their sport. I would also get your iron levels checked as low iron can cause circulation problems.
      If you are lying down, you may have heart issues?
      I would speak to another doctor or maybe two and get at least 2 opinions, I would not waste any time with this. Your health is critical. One doctors opinion is not enough, especially with your symptoms and the doctor is not too concerned. Get rid of him and get a better doctor ( speak to two ).

      I have gout and your symptoms are not really gouty.

  22. QUESTION:
    I've had knee problems for the past 9 months or so. Anyone have a similar story with a good ending?
    Starting last November, my knee got really swollen. It was to the point where I couldn't bend it and the pressure of the fluid caused great pain. I've had x-rays, an MRI, and blood tests done that haven't pinpointed the exact cause. I've been seeing a rheumatologist because the doctors suspect I might have rheumatoid arthritis. The medication they gave me worked for a month or two, but my swollen knee is back. I've begun to wonder if the doctors really know what's wrong. I used Webmd and researched pseudogout and gout, which also match my symptoms. Anyone have any idea at all?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing for a year and a half. I had to switch to another orthopedic surgeon who gave me a steroid shot, and started on physical therapy. My knee got worse, so he went in and did arthroscopic knee surgery. They found A LOT of scar tissue, which most of the time it doesn't show up on MRI's and x-rays. I suggest you go see another doctor.

  23. QUESTION:
    my foot has been swollen over a year?
    It never causes any pain even if im working om my feet 12-14 hours a day. The swelling is only in my foot and ankle on one foot. Ive been to a clinic and to a foot specialist and neither had an idea of what could be wrong. had xrays and no fractures or sprians. It just stays swollen all the time some days more than others. When i first noticed it was swollen i kept it elivated and ice on it and it didnt help at all, tried a compression soak and it didnt help either. A friend told me it sounds like gout so i looked it up and a lot of symptoms show pain which ive never had in my foot. Anybody have any idea what it could be? Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Very sick, What kind of infection could this be?
    Sorry so long,
    About a month or so ago my dad came down with gout in his foot. At first he wasnt aware that it was gout until about a week and a half later it got so bad he went to the emergency room. They then gave him medication. A couple days later he came down with a 103 fever. That night it went away and came back the next night at 105 along with other symptoms, so he went back to the hospital and they kept him for two days to keep his fever down. (by that time the gout was gone) While in the hospital, he started getting a rash on his legs that itched very bad. They released him that day with medication to keep his fevers down. Over the next few days his rash got worse and was all over his whole entire body and was also still having fevers. He had to call an ambulence to come pick him up because he was in so much pain. He was in the hospital for about a week swollen with the rash, his fevers, and while he was in there started getting stomach pains and heartburn. Over the time in the hospital his rach and swelling went away. At first they thought it was scarlet fever, but came to the conslusion it wasnt. they also said he had an infection in his liver and kidney and the rash and swelling was an allergic reaction to the gout medicine. Now he is home and his skin is peeling and he has blisters. He is claiming he cannot eat anything because it causes pain in his stomach and he has bad heartburn. He is now limping on his same foot that he had gout on and says it hurts again.
    I feel like there is something really wrong with him and were not getting any answers. Anyone have any ideas what it could be or what type of person we can contact? He has been to three different hospitals numerous times and we have not really got any answers besides and allergic reaction to the gout medicine. He keeps having to change his prescriptions but not medical wont pay for it because they say they have already paid for too many prescriptions this month.

    • ANSWER:
      It does seem like an allergic reaction. Sometimes it can take months to get over something like this.

      Scarlet fever does cause peeling, but he would have a high fever if that was the case. An allergic reaction can also cause peeling.

      If it gets worse see the doctor again. Unfortunately, it may take a few more trips and weeks before he starts feeling better.

  25. QUESTION:
    Very sick, please help?
    Sorry so long,
    About a month or so ago my dad came down with gout in his foot. At first he wasnt aware that it was gout until about a week and a half later it got so bad he went to the emergency room. They then gave him medication. A couple days later he came down with a 103 fever. That night it went away and came back the next night at 105 along with other symptoms, so he went back to the hospital and they kept him for two days to keep his fever down. (by that time the gout was gone) While in the hospital, he started getting a rash on his legs that itched very bad. They released him that day with medication to keep his fevers down. Over the next few days his rash got worse and was all over his whole entire body and was also still having fevers. He had to call an ambulence to come pick him up because he was in so much pain. He was in the hospital for about a week swollen with the rash, his fevers, and while he was in there started getting stomach pains and heartburn. Over the time in the hospital his rach and swelling went away. At first they thought it was scarlet fever, but came to the conslusion it wasnt. they also said he had an infection in his liver and kidney and the rash and swelling was an allergic reaction to the gout medicine. Now he is home and his skin is peeling and he has blisters. He is claiming he cannot eat anything because it causes pain in his stomach and he has bad heartburn. He is now limping on his same foot that he had gout on and says it hurts again.
    I feel like there is something really wrong with him and were not getting any answers. Anyone have any ideas what it could be or what type of person we can contact? He has been to three different hospitals numerous times and we have not really got any answers besides and allergic reaction to the gout medicine. He keeps having to change his prescriptions but not medical wont pay for it because they say they have already paid for too many prescriptions this month.

    • ANSWER:
      I am no means a doctor but google stevens-johnson syndrome. It is a allergic reaction to meds and it is serious. But im not sayin he has that especially if some of his rash has cleared up. I saw something about this on the health channel last night. So definately look it up......Good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    Breast Enlargement Idea ~I'd like some feedback~?
    PLEASE READ, THIS IS VERY BENEFICIAL. I've spent hours upon hours reading different ways to increase breast size.
    The pills are worth hundreds of dollars, with only a slight chance of working, why would you do that? Also with breast enhancement pills, there are other ingredients in those pills the manufacture isn't making completely known, only after doing research on different pills have I found out what is in them. Some have little bits of harmful ingredients while others are completely filled. Some are made all natural, but still have that little hint of danger, and still, are all expensive.
    Breast Augmentation is something completely different. Costing a range anywhere from 00-,000. Going under the knife, leaves scars and sometimes unevenness. Would you really waste 00 on lopsided breasts? Good idea for some, not so for others. Either not having the money, or the dangers involved. They do say breast augmentation has gotten safer over the years, but still, there is ALWAYS a danger with any type of surgery.
    Between the pill and the surgery, I've considered one, then the other, then back to one. I'm unhappy with the size of my breasts, and I always have. I can easily have the money for surgery, but don't want the scars, I'm not wasting money on pills that can damage my health and have no affect on my bust.
    So, sitting and reading on what affects breast and their growth, I've read a few good things.
    -Estrogen is a hormone that comprises a group of compounds, including Astron, Estrada and Estrella. It is the main sex hormone in women and is essential to the menstrual cycle. Although estrogen exists in men as well as women, it is found in higher amounts in women, especially those capable of reproducing. Anyways, when you're pregnant your estrogen levels rise, and well, your breast are noticeably larger. After reading and confirming, estrogen is the main hormone connected with breast growth. If you want larger breasts, here's what you can do:
    Start eating different foods that have a higher level of estrogen. Apples, Cherries, Grapes, Tomatoes, and Pomegranates all have a good amount of estrogen. Apples especially. Alfalfa has high traces of phytoestrogens which is called dietary estrogens. Which means it acts like estrogen. Soy is also very high in estrogen, but a warning, soy extracts are BAD for you. If you are going to eat soy, cook your own soy, no soy extracts. Protein laden foods such as: fresh milk, fish, soy products, nuts and seafood, are also said to increase bust. Very last, flaxseed oil! Flaxseed oil is high in fatty acids and omega 3, 6+9. Very good to take for breast enhancement. And if in the end you don't see you bust grow, flaxseed oil capsules also:
    Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure, Counter inflammation associated with gout, lupus and fibrocystic breasts, Control constipation, haemorrhoids, diverticular disorders and gallstones, Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea, Promote healthy hair and nails, Minimise nerve damage that causes numbness and tingling as well as other disorders, Reduce cancer risk and guard against the effects of ageing, Treat menopausal symptoms, menstrual cramps, female infertility and endometriosis, Fight prostate problems, male infertility and impotence.
    All the food I've listed are healthy, and are not harmful to your health. Also, if you plan to change your diet, as with any diet do not do it in an extreme way. Slowly work the different foods into your already existing diet, this is best for you and your body.

    • ANSWER:
      I think that's great advice. You did a great job with the research, information and such.

  27. QUESTION:
    What's causing the pain in my hands and ankles?
    I have numbness and tingling in my fingers, along with sharp pains in the muscles of my hand when I do things like make a fist or stretch out my fingers. It's a very sharp pain, like the nerves or muscles are being torn.

    I also have swelling in my ankles and pain when I crouch. At night, if I sleep on my side I wake up with severe shoulder pain.

    What is causing this? My doctor checked for Lupus and rheumatoid, and it's neither. I checked carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms but they don't match up exactly (my wrist isn't really a problem). I'm 23, so it's not gout or anything. Can't figure out what is causing the pain and swelling.

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  28. QUESTION:
    What can cause severe hives and swelling?
    For the past four years my entire body has been covered with hives along with "knots" in my hands, feet, and face that come with a burning, deep itchy sensation. At times my feet will swell to three times their normal size; this is different from the knots that appear in that when my entire foot swells it is extremely tender rather than itchy, to the point of being unable to walk. The severity of this situation varies in severity but has never completely ceased in four years. I am a 21 year old female in great health aside from the hives and swelling. I have seen 27 different doctors in the past four years in hopes of finding a solution; or at the very least, a cause. I have undergone all standard allergy testing, the allergy patch test, a skin biopsy; as well as eliminating foods and soaps, etc. from my lifestyle one thing at a time hoping that it was simply an undiscovered allergy. I have gone through multiple sets of blood work, ultrasounds, fluid samples and exen xrays testing for most major diseases and cancers with similar symptoms; lupus, thyroid, heart disease, etc., I have also been told that it is not gout or anything of that nature.
    I am in constant discomfort and am desperately searching for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      what hospitals have you been to?
      try calling Loma Linda, California hospital it is a University hospital! thy are great at finding out problems out. like this one!!

  29. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my hives?
    For the past four years my entire body has been covered with hives along with "knots" in my hands, feet, and face that come with a burning, deep itchy sensation. At times my feet will swell to three times their normal size; this is different from the knots that appear in that when my entire foot swells it is extremely tender rather than itchy, to the point of being unable to walk. The severity of this situation varies in severity but has never completely ceased in four years. I am a 21 year old female in great health aside from the hives and swelling. I have seen 27 different doctors in the past four years in hopes of finding a solution; or at the very least, a cause. I have undergone all standard allergy testing, the allergy patch test, a skin biopsy; as well as eliminating foods and soaps, etc. from my lifestyle one thing at a time hoping that it was simply an undiscovered allergy. I have gone through multiple sets of blood work, ultrasounds, fluid samples and exen xrays testing for most major diseases and cancers with similar symptoms; lupus, thyroid, heart disease, etc., I have also been told that it is not gout or anything of that nature.
    I am in constant discomfort and am desperately searching for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure what could be causing it but, If your situation has lasted that long its probably something your always around or always eating.

  30. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of severe hives and swelling?
    For the past four years my entire body has been covered with hives along with "knots" in my hands, feet, and face that come with a burning, deep itchy sensation. At times my feet will swell to three times their normal size; this is different from the knots that appear in that when my entire foot swells it is extremely tender rather than itchy, to the point of being unable to walk. The severity of this situation varies in severity but has never completely ceased in four years. I am a 21 year old female in great health aside from the hives and swelling. I have seen 27 different doctors in the past four years in hopes of finding a solution; or at the very least, a cause. I have undergone all standard allergy testing, the allergy patch test, a skin biopsy; as well as eliminating foods and soaps, etc. from my lifestyle one thing at a time hoping that it was simply an undiscovered allergy. I have gone through multiple sets of blood work, ultrasounds, fluid samples and exen xrays testing for most major diseases and cancers with similar symptoms; lupus, thyroid, heart disease, etc., I have also been told that it is not gout or anything of that nature.
    I am in constant discomfort and am desperately searching for an answer.

    • ANSWER:
      In case you miss the other answer I posted to you, read the other submission.

  31. QUESTION:
    What could cause sudden joint pain and swelling in the hands and feet?
    Last week my friend said she thought she was getting arthritis because her knees were aching. I think she is around 41 and she is very active (meaning she is always moving, walking, hiking, etc.) Now the pain is in her feet, knees, and elbows. Her hands and feet are so swollen they are itching and she can't even make a fist. She thinks it's gout (I'm not sure how to spell that).
    She doesn't want to take anything for the pain because she is afraid it will mask the symptoms and she won't be able to describe her pain accurately to a doctor. I told her to take arnica for the swelling.

    She is drinking tons of water and not drinking soda.
    i don't even know if this is correct, but I told her to elevate both her legs and arms with pillows.

    Have you or anyone you know experienced something like this? Did it go away?

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to her experience of legs swelling and feeling MISERABLE!I After ruling out that I did not have DVT (blood clots) , t was thought to be that I had Lymphedema. And it is painful, itchy- just like you are describing.
      The treatment is Physical therapy and massage and compression.. thru a lymphadema clinic
      I could never get there so I tried some things on my own.

      I kept track of Intake and output for my Dr. (i do have a bladder problem (neurogenic) and I also have a Interstim implant - the first thing I think of is the darn thing isnt working.

      I cut out salt and chips and drink lots more water and juices.

      I get some TED hose ( this hurts) and / or ace bandages to help apply compression. and because of the pain, the Dr gives me some lidocaine creme and lidocaine patches. Really helps. I would also massage my legs and feet...

      and I would drink lots of water, and keep my feet elevated as well as cut out anyting that had salt in it. (i love salt- but now I do not use it)

      So this may be what she is developing and a possible treatment.

      The questions that may need to be answered are;
      Any surgeries, or injuries? Mine occurred after surgery and so they thought infection, so I was on some antibiotics.
      She may have a kidney problem .or underlying bladder infection.
      It may be from hormones or birthcontrol or a possible allergy to something she has eaten or had to drink.

      At anyrate, Swelling tells you that something is inflammed and she is retaining water. She may be better off going to the Dr and getting a Waterpill (diuretic- but they can give her some potassium tables (horsepills-lol) to take with it. I dont recommend anything over the counter!
      Diurex is horrible and can be harmful!

      At this point in time I think a visit to the Dr is necessary.

  32. QUESTION:
    I am having some health issues and my doctors can't figure it out. Any good doctors to email questions to?
    I am 15 years old, male, 6 foot, 200 lbs, and over the past month or so have been experiencing excruciating pain in my flanks. At first we thought I had kidney stones, as the pain seemed to move from my kidneys to my bladder. However, we were unable to visualize any stones on CTs, MRIs, ultrasound, or X-ray. I have had multiple of each scan, and the only finding was a few flecks on the kidneys in one ultrasound. This is the second episode of this intense pain. All blood and urine tests have come back normal. A new urologist that I saw last week said that he thought this pain was being caused by fecal impaction, but a few days of laxatives and bowel movements at least twice a day have not changed the pain. The constipation he saw on an x-ray was probably caused by large doses of percocet, which is the strongest painkiller I am allowed to have (this only helps slightly).

    Two weeks after the first episode of this pain, which temporarily resolved itself, I began having headaches in the temples and behind the eyes. These headaches have not stopped since then, and I have had them for over a month. These headaches were diagnosed as cluster headaches, and while it is probably not related, I have included this info in case there is a possibility that one issue is causing the other.

    Two weeks into the headaches, I began feeling the flank, pain again. This pain radiates into my testicles, and increases with urination I have seen multiple urologists, a nephrologist, a neurologist, and other ER doctors. My primary has not been much help with this issue, but I have another appointment with him tomorrow. Each doctor I have seen has said that because the blood-work and urine came back fine, they can't and won't treat me.

    I really need help, any conditions you can find or think of that may be causing this pain, please let me know as soon as possible. My doctors are treating the lab-work, not the symptoms. Please get back to me, this is interfering with my schoolwork, and I will not finish out the year on time already because of what is going on.

    Thank you

    P.S. just some history-
    My grandfather has gout and high uric acid, but none of the tests have shown the same for me so far.

    Last February, I was sick for two weeks before I was diagnosed with appendicitis and had it removed. The morning after the surgery, I was diagnosed with lymphoma in my kidneys because of lesions seen on the CT scan with contrast (They couldn't see anything on the scans without contrast later). A biopsy guided by ultrasound-on which they could not see the lesions- revealed acute tubular necrosis. They gave no explanation, and after an MRI three weeks later, I was told that whatever was going on was resolving itself, and that all lesions on one kidney were gone, and most on the other were too, but not all of them. With the last MRI, the lesions could only be seen with contrast. Again, I am not sure if this is related, but it might be. My biggest question here is: should I do another scan with contrast and risk the radiation and damage? PLEASE help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow! That is quite something!

      To answer your biggest question - YES. The amount of radiation is minimal and the contrast material won't hurt you.

      What I would do is get one doctor to coordinate all the tests and send them to the nearest Mayo Clinic Diagnostic lab. You've heard the expression Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? If you had a coordinate to send off everything, then you would have some of the best minds to diagnose what your problem is.

      I am so sorry to hear about your pain. It really absorbs your whole mind, doesn't it?

      Please let me know what happens - I am truly interested.

  33. QUESTION:
    if you have/know about Lupus, please help!?
    My aunt was diagnosed with Lupus two years ago. She hasn't had any serious problems with it until about three weeks ago when she woke up screaming in pain from a burning sensation in her left elbow. Her whole arm was also swollen. We took her to the E.R. and they told her that her joint was inflamed and gave her some medicine for it and sent her home. Her arm got a little better but her elbow was still tender. We had to take her back to the emergency room last night because the knot on her elbow was larger and she was in so much pain all she could do was scream. They told her that she had a puss pocket between her joint at the elbow and that they didn't want to do anything about it in the E.R. because it could cause Staph, and they didn't want to risk it. They referred her to her regular doctor. This morning she went in and the doctor just mashed on it a lot and told her it was Gout, which is a type of arthritis. However, they called her tonight and told her that it wasn't Gout, but they didn't know what it is, so they couldn't do anything. If you have/know someone who has Lupus have you/they ever had this problem? What could it be? We've looked up some things online but nothing matches her symptoms. (Constant pain, burning sensation, swelling, tender, knotted.) Please help, she really needs relief.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother has Lupus. She gets things like this regularly. It could be a calcium deposit that has grown to massive size in her elbow. I would have her checked for Sjogren's syndrome. My mom's pains usually go away, but she has a constant pain of the skin and joints; sometimes even her scalp hurts. Lupus is a really hard disease to diagnose and learn anything about. My mother went for years from doctor to doctor until she was finally diagnosed. There's really not many ways to treat the pain that comes with Lupus. My best recommendation is the get your aunt tested for Sjogren's and try to find a doctor that specializes in autoimmune disorders.

  34. QUESTION:
    What could possibly be wrong with my fiancé?
    Signs, Issuses, Symptoms that my fiance has/has had off and on for the past 3 years since he first developed a kidney stone and had to have it surgically removed: tiredness, chills, chest spasms, occasional fever, sinus tachycardia (intermittent), kidney stones, muscle aches, back pain, feelings of anxiety that didn't arise until lately when he started getting worse, intermittent high blood pressure, burping lots, was diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency, GERD, chronic fatigue, a virus, and other illnesses but no one knows for sure what is wrong.

    He doesn't drink lotsof alcohol especially now, never does street drugs, does not drink coffee, tea, or energy drinks.

    He had asthma and allergies as a kid. He has been on nasacourt for years for his allergies. Now they put him on lorazepam, a beta blocker, and now a antidepressant. They can't figure out whats wrong and just keep pumping him full of drugs.

    They have ran all sorts of blood tests, nothing seems to be abnormal except his white blood cell count is now low and he has low phosphorous yesterday. he has seen several doctors and they can't find anything wrong. He can't go to work, doing almost anything makes him fatigued. He never had major issues with fatigue until he has his first kidney stone about 2.5 or 3 years ago and since then he has had these issues off and on. In the past he had an issue with his vitamin D level being low so they gave him meds for that.

    He's not a guy to stress out about stuff, he's usually pretty level headed and calm. I can tell he is getting frustrated now because of his illness though.

    We live in Canada just an FYI. I can't afford to support him as I'm a graduate student. I'm trying to find a job and finish my thesis which is causing me to stress which he picks up on.

    Any ideas for additional tests? He's had multiple blood tests (including thyroid levels, hyperactive thyroid runs in his family, same with migraines and gout). Urine tests have been relatively normal. Everything has been normal except for lately he has had a low white blood cell count and yesterday he had low phosphorous.

    I'm not 100% well myself, having had a chronic cough since last fall when I got sick with a suspected case of H1N1 followed by some sort of chest infection (which did not show up on x-rays). I think stress could be part of it, but it still doesn't explain all his signs and symptoms. Now I'm not a doctor but I think they are seriously missing out on something.

    We don't have money to go to the US or somewhere else to get this diagnosed and the doctors here can't seem to find what is wrong. he can't work which is terribly frustrating.

    Any ideas of what to test for?
    They won't do a full body CT-scan here in Canada... and we can't afford to go somewhere else to get one done.

    He has had a pelvic ultrasound done, he does have a kidney stone in his one kidney. He has had a holter monitor twice since he started having minor chest pain about 2.5 years ago. This has been going on for a long time but has gotten really bad in the last 2.5 months since he last passed a kidney stone (and of course was given hydromorphone for pain as well as tylenol 3's and some other pain meds, plus flomax). He was given a prescription a few weeks ago for Nexium after having a barium x-ray done.

    Poor guy!

    Also in the last 2.5 months he has went to the ER at least
    He has had chest x-rays, ct-scans but not an echocardiogram which he is waiting for.

    Everything appears normal on bloodwork with the exception of the low phosphorous yesterday and low white blood cell counts lately.

    They have ran an ECG on him a few times when he went to the ER and once they caught him having an "episode" of tachycardia on it (he got lucky!). The cardiologist does not think it is his heart but is something else.
    Also, he is not overweight. He is more skinny than anything.

    Since going on his medicines he has had cold feet and hands a lot. But I don't think the medicine side effects would be so bad as to cause chills so that he wants/needs 3 blankets or more when fully clothed and inside a warm house to feel warm.

    He drinks plenty of water.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Help. My left ankle is swollen and feels like its broken and I have not injured it.?
    Last week this started up. My left leg was in so much pain from my knee down. My knee I noticed was swollen in areas. Now thats gone but now the ankle is blown up. I have a hard time walking on it and the bone inside feels its being stabbed when I walk. When I sit I feel the throbbing pain. Its weird cause its only the left leg.

    I havent injured it. I work out eat well. Walk on the treadmill a lot. I do have weird kidney counts (really high or really low) but ive cut back on protein. ( I am hypoglycemic rare symptoms though) I went to a walk in clinic to check my uric acid as I read online that gout is one reason for this. But thte doctor says Im to young. (39 look 30).

    What could the reason be for this?
    I dont have red skin on the ankle. Its just puffy. And painful.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! What type of cherry juice do I drink for Gout?
    I believe I do have Gout, I hear that cherries is good to eat and cherry juice to drink as well, but I'm not sure what type of cherry juice does it have to be natural or??..
    I read about Gout and it shows that it usually starts on your toes, well, mine did but I usually just get one swollen finger, Usually when you have arthritis doesn't all you fingers swell? I always just get one of my fingers, not all at once. Like right now my middle finger is wselled like a plump sausauge. I have not been diagnosed for it but I have a feeling I do have it cause of my symptoms. Ill go to the Dr. as soon as my insurance kicks in, but for now any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated:)
    First two answers were very informative, is it normal for me to have Gout? I'm only 34yrs old, when I read about it, it shows that women in thier 50's are the ones it hits the most.. I'm still kinda young.
    Again, any info would be appreciated:)

    • ANSWER:

      Cherries If you are lucky enough to have fresh cherries, eating 6-8 cherries daily will relieve the symptoms of gout. This remedy was reported in 1950 by Dr. Ludwig W. Blau who cured his own gout. Frozen and canned cherries may also be used. When you feel an attack coming on, eat 20-30 cherries immediately. Cherries are rich in compounds that prevent the destruction of collagen, which the body uses to form connective tissue. The connective tissue is damaged by gout. Cherries also have an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid and are high in anthocyanins which have high antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory action. For greatest effectiveness eat them between meals.

      1. Beef, it’s what’s for Dinner- Not if you are suffering from gout! You should avoid eating meats because all meats contain purines. Purines lead to higher levels of uric acid (cause of gout) in the blood stream and cause gout problems. We suggest eating no more than 6 ounces of meat, fish and poultry per day.

      2. Flush Uric Acid- Water is the main source of flushing anything! Think of your toilet in this case. A good way to flush the uric acid that causes gout is to drink enough water and eat enough water-soluble fiber. In other words, you should drink at least 12 glasses of water per day and eat 5-7 servings of fruits or vegetables.

      3. Reduce Alcohol- Kings drank an excess of alcohol and suffered from gout! Alcohol has been shown to inhibit the amount of uric acid the body can flush. Therefore, drinking too much alcohol can keep uric acid in the body. We suggest only 1-2 drinks per night and following it with a tall glass of water.

      4. Alfalfa- This herb is a great source of minerals and nutrients. But it also has been shown to neutralize uric acid in the body. Its simple and can be found in health food stores.


What Are The Symptoms Of Gout

Written By: admin - Jul• 20•12

Gout is regarded as one of the most extremely painful forms of arthritis and usually has a rapid onset. It is also one of the more frequently recorded medical illnesses in history. Caused by an inflammation of the joint, gout usually occurs in one area of the body - the big toe. One in every 200 adults suffer from gout, with the bulk of them being in the age bracket of 40-60 years. Most victims of gout are post-menopausal women, and though gout can attack the young, this is rare.

What are the symptoms of Gout?

Although the small joint at the base of the big toe is the most common site of an acute gout attack, joints that are found in the instep, knee, wrists, elbows ankles and fingers can also be affected. The infected area is usually warm, with swelling reddish discoloration, tenderness and excruciating pain resulting. The tenderness can be overwhelmingly, so much so that even a light touch can bring intense discomfort. Some individual's even develop a fever with gout attacks, but thankfully, many of these symptoms subside in a few hours or days. For a rare, unlucky few, the attack can last for weeks. Unexpected, repeated arthritic attacks could also occur.

What causes gout?

Although the direct cause of gout is still under debate, most doctors are arriving at the conclusion that gout is a genetic ailment that is facilitated by the body's inability to process uric acid. If your parents had gout, then you have a 20% chance of developing it. An abnormality in processing uric acid can produce numerous conditions like arthritis (gout attack) and kidney stones. Many patients develop elevated blood uric acid levels without any known catalyst.

Fast facts

1. British people are 5 times more likely to develop gout

2. American blacks are more likely to have gout than other populations, while African blacks are less susceptible

3. Alcohol consumption, beer in particular, may increase the risk of gout

4. Uric acid levels increase in men and at puberty and at menopause for women, so most men develop gout at an earlier age (30s to 50s) with women obtaining it post menopausal (50s to 70s)

Can Painwave X4000 help with gout?

It certainly can! The Painwave X4000 is a revolutionary, non-invasive way to treat the debilitating symptoms of gout. It does this by utilizing the body's own natural bioelectromagnetic ecosystem to kill the pain response. All you have to do is gently glide the Painwave X4000 over the affected areas to get almost instant relief from the swelling and inflammation associated with gout. You will be amazed at how much better you feel in just a short amount of time. Best of all, the Painwave X4000 has no side effect because it is non-invasive and drug free. With repeated use, the PainWave X4000 will improve circulation, cell activity and lymphatic movements. In the case of gout, the Painwave X4000 will effectively and efficiently eradicate your pain, possibly for good.

Note: This article is an informative guide that should only be used for gathering information regarding gout, not to perform a self-diagnosis. Only a medical practitioner can definitively ascertain if you have gout. If you have concerns in this regard, please contact your personal physician right away for a complete medical evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms gout?
    I was doing some heavy research on gout. Just recently my boss just told me he has gout and how it causes pain when he walks etc. So I told him how my boyfried has pain in his feet and toes and when he gets up first thing in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time he is in huge pain. There are a lot of things that are pointing towards it. Diabetes runs in his family. He has the pain described. Of course he is like 99% of guys out there and likes to drink. On top of that he does eat rich food. It seem to also mainly affect his toe and which I read it is 95% of attacks. He also is affected by it badly some days and some weeks and then it is not as bad. I kinda been reading like a mad women about this on wikipedia. My concern is I love him so much that I want to make sure he ain't in any pain and it hurts so much to see him like this.

    So here are my two questions I am pondering. Do you think he might have gout? Would this be spotted in a physical as he recently had one? How can he inform his doctor that he thinks he might have gout (in which I am hoping he will after I tell him about what I found out)? I mean would he be turned away from his doctor by diagnosing his own symptoms? Plus, if his doctor did not find it, should he go to another doctor about this? I have already been telling him he should since he is in this huge pain and his doctor keeps telling him there is nothing he can do and offered a solution of inserts for his shoes.

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you know exactly whats wrong. i work in the nursing field and know some about it. if he eats alot of red meat it can affect it, as does drinking. the best bet would be for him to go to his doctor and explain his symptoms and go from there. they should do an mri or something in that field. they will tell him to stay away from those things that will bring on the pain. but if his doctor wont do anything then i would get a different doc. there is nothing wrong with making a suggestion about your health to the doc. it might actually help diagnose him better. good luck  :)

  2. QUESTION:
    How to cure the symptoms of Gout? Anyone?
    My paps has gout in his left foot and no matter what he takes the swelling has been progressing for the last 4 days steadily and the pain too. He avoids all gout foods and has not eaten anything special lately. He is in his mid 50's.

    So far he has taken alka seltzer and today for the first time he took 2 Tylenol.

    • ANSWER:
      see an upper cervical specific chiropractor.

  3. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms for gout my foot aches and tingles a little.?
    i broke my ankle 2 years ago and every now and get a bit of pain i have had it xrayed and looked at and they say there is nothing matter with it .
    but it has just started aching alot around the foot and tingles a bit any help please.

    • ANSWER:
      Extremely unlikely to be gout. Gout is very painful and your foot only aches.

  4. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of gout, and what causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      People usually have 'attacks' of gout - it may affect you for a period of time and then go away eventually, even without treatment. The symptoms include:

      * severe pain in the joint(s) that develops within a few hours - the pain may be so severe that even the light pressure of bedclothes can feel unbearable
      * red and shiny skin around the joint - in some cases the skin will peel
      * fever

      Without treatment, an attack usually lasts up to about two weeks. With treatment, this can be reduced to two to seven days.

      Left untreated, attacks of gout may become more frequent and last longer.

      Gout is caused if you have too much urate in your body.

      Urate (also called uric acid) is a chemical which everybody has in their blood. It travels in the clear part of the blood (the plasma) in the form of a salt.

      Urate is normally harmless and the body usually passes excess urate out of the body through the kidneys into the urine.

      However, in people who are prone to gout, the level of urate can:

      * build up - if the kidneys do not excrete urate fast enough
      * rise if the body produces too much urate - this can happen due to other illnesses such as blood disorders or because of diet - see "Risk factors" below

      If the level of urate is too high, it can form tiny crystals that collect in the tissues, particularly in and around joints.

      Not everybody with high levels of urate gets gout and some people get gout but do not have high levels of urate.

      The exact reason why some people develop gout and others don't is not currently known, but there are risk factors.
      Risk factors

      There are certain factors that can affect your likelihood of getting gout. You are more likely to have gout if you:

      * are a man, as the plasma urate level normally tends to be higher in men than women
      * consume high levels of a substance called purine in your diet
      * drink lots of alcohol, which interferes with how your body passes out urate
      * take certain medicines, such as diuretics, which increase the flow of urine from the body
      * have a family history of gout
      * have a family history of kidney disease causing the kidneys to not pass enough urate out in the urine
      * are overweight
      * have a medical condition such as psoriasis which can sometimes cause your body to produce too much urate - Psoriasis
      * have high blood pressure - High blood pressure
      * injure a joint
      * have a surgical operation
      * have some chemotherapy drugs

  5. QUESTION:
    what r some of the signs and symptoms of gout arthritis?
    does gout arthritis affect your back if so what are some treatments that can be done

    • ANSWER:
      gout is usually caused by excess acid in body... and can attack any area, but usually effects the big toe (seriously) or feet. there are prescriptions for help,not cure.. best advice ; watch what you eat, drink and what causes the flareup.. usually spicy, sweets, etc.. also believe gout and arthritis are closely related ..the areas affected are -red-hot and swelling very pain full and sometime warm towels or hot water soaks will help calm down the attack..

  6. QUESTION:
    do any one know what a person can do to ease the symptoms of gout or to treat it?
    my grandma has gout and i hope there was a treatment that was over the counter or supplementary medicine that she could take.is there certain foods in the diet or herbal treatment that may help

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is the depositing of uric acid crystals in the joints. Usually in the big toe. Her doctor should have told her what she needs to do. If in doubt just google gout. No alcohol, no meats.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Gout?
    I NEED A WEBSITE TO FIND OUT!

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  8. QUESTION:
    My feet hurt. I was wondering what the symptoms of gout are?

    • ANSWER:
      You'd know it if you had gout. Gout is a build up of uric acid crystals in the joint spaces- it usually involves the big toe but can affect any joint. The area is swollen, red, and very painful. The pain is usually so bad that if a sheet touches it - it will send the person through the roof.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of gout ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bright red big toe that hurt like ???? and you can't walk on it.

      Best to go see the doctor over it.

      By the way while woman can get it, mostly me do.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do Vegans stay Gout free and free from Iron Deficiency ?
    Symptoms of gout include enlarged and stiff joints in the body, frequently found in ankles of older folks and long term (ten years or more) vegans who eat mostly beans, caused by high Uric acid build up. Doctor’s advice is to stay clear of beans.

    If this a myth or another medical symptom,
    - how does a body get gout process beans that are often the related cause of high uric acid ?
    - Is there a method of cooking beans like lentils and dhal to reduce likelihood of uric acid build up ?
    - what does one eat to make up for iron deficiency ?
    What does your boyfriend say about uric acid and gout ?

    • ANSWER:
      Take a look at the Vegan Society's site:

      http://www.vegansociety.com/html/food/nutrition/iron.php

      As well as iron, calcium can be lacking in a vegan diet since its richest source is dairy produce.

      A simple blood test for ferritin levels will say whether iron is low before anaemia sets in.

      Supplements for both iron and calcium are cheap, but they should not be taken within four hours of each other as one interferes with the absorption of the other.

  11. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of Gout ??

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Gout:

      Gout generally occurs in four (4) stages (asymptomatic, acute, intercritical and chronic) and has the following signs and symptoms:

      1)Asymptomatic stage - urate levels rise in the blood, but produces no symptoms
      2)Acute stage - symptoms usually lasting five to 10 days
      -sudden attack of joint pain
      -swelling
      -joints feel hot, tender and look dusty red or bruised

      3)Intercritical stage - symptom-free intervals between gout episodes. Most people have a second attack from six months to two years, while others are symptom-free for five to 10 years.

      4)Chronic stage:
      -persistently painful joints with large urate deposits in the cartilage, membranes between the bones, tendons and soft tissues
      -skin over the deposits develop sores and release a white pus
      -joint stiffness
      -limited motion of affect joint

  12. QUESTION:
    Gout relief symptom - Does gout affect the fingers, or is it only the toe that swells up?
    The ring finger of my right hand tends to swell up often. I don't wear a ring and there's no injury to cause it. The swelling gets a little dark but eases after a few days. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a painful condition that occurs when the bodily waste product uric acid is deposited as needle-like crystals in the joints and/or soft tissues. In the joints, these uric acid crystals cause inflammatory arthritis, which in turn leads to intermittent swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joints.

      Gout initially affects the joints of the big toe (a condition called podagra). But many other joints and areas around the joints can be affected in addition to or instead of the big toe. These include the insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows. Chalky deposits of uric acid, also known as tophi, can appear as lumps under the skin that surrounds the joints and covers the rim of the ear. Uric acid crystals can also collect in the kidneys and cause kidney stones.

      The important thing to understand that gout can be 'controlled' not 'cured'.

  13. QUESTION:
    My Fiancee's toes have been hurting her a bit- is this caused by gout?
    I don't think that she externally hurt her toes, so it sounds like the pangs were coming from the inside of her toes.

    Could this be a symptom of gout? Or what else might the problem be?

    • ANSWER:
      could be gout, or just really sore feet. has she been walking a lot?

  14. QUESTION:
    Methods that releave Gout pain?
    What are some of the methods you have used to releave gout symptoms?

    Thank you in advance for your help! *Ü*

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    Is gout a deadly disease?
    What are the symptoms of gout.

    • ANSWER:
      It is unlikely to kill you with all of the treatments available but if not treated it can lead to other infections which may be harmful.
      Its hard to tell when a gout attack may happen, the main symptom is severe joint pain (often in the big toe). But other symptoms are inflammation, red, shiny skin over the affected joint, peeling, itchy and flaky skin over the affected joint and swelling
      Check out this website -> http://www.beatinggout.com/2009/04/is-gout-dangerous/
      Hope this helps :)

  16. QUESTION:
    Mystery foot pain?
    For the past 3 weeks I have severe (right foot) pain. No injury. No problem with shoes. Most of the pain in on instep or outer side of foot. Pain wakes me in the middle of the night and is progressive. I have severe limp now.
    I see my doctor tomorrow.....probably will ask for xray and then MRI if xray is negative. Ligament tear maybe? But I do not remember any injury or stress on that foot. No gout symptoms....believe me ....I have thought of it all....I am in the medical field. Anyone else have similiar pain ....so I know what direction to go in? No pain on palpatation....no swelling or deformity.

    • ANSWER:
      No pain on palpation??? I never 'met' a foot that I couldn't elicit 'some pain' on palpation. If truly no pain, no mechanical dysfunction (e.g. subluxation/fixations or mysofascial trigger points, etc.), no vascular problem, etc., then it may be time to think neurological problems. Possibly a peripheral neuropathy originating in the foot, lower leg or spine.

      Also appropriate to consider general metabolic problems such as diabetes, B12 deficiency, etc. Of course, these would be 'expressed' as another type of peripheral neuropathy.

      And don't forget metabolic problems like carpopedal spasm caused by Magnesium deficiency.

      Note: without trauma, how would you get a 'ligament tear'?

      Best wishes and good luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the ingredients if you are suffering from Gout that you can take daily?
    I am suffering from severe osteoarthritis and I once was looking up info for my mom that was suffering from a gout attack at the time and there was a simple solution that you can make up such as apple cider vinegar, honey, and I believe ginger. As I searched for pain relief for my arthritis I noticed that my symptoms were alot like gout and there is a "Gouty Arthritis" listed among the different types of arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      I highly recommend a low carb way of eating for optimal health. This balances out hormones & lets the body function properly.

  18. QUESTION:
    Could this be gout? Doctor denies it but feels very similar?
    I have gout like symptoms since 3 years ago but my uric acid test is within normal range (last test was 3.7) and I'm a female in mid 30s. Doctor completely denies the possibility of gout and suspects shoes but I don't have "attacks" regularly and sometimes I can go without pain for months.

    What could it be?

    My symptoms are:

    • I only get attacks after I eat high calorie food or seafood (like shrimp)

    • I feel minor pain in my either side of big toes bottom part, that kind of feels like contraction which comes and goes (meaning, not a constant pain, like hurts every minute or two) for like 10 minute and completely goes away, may not return for weeks, months.

    • Pain is not that bad like other gout suffers describe. I can walk fine, it's just uncomfortable.

    • It only happens midnight - early morning, never during day.

    • Can happen in my knee.

    • No swelling or redness. When I don't have an attack, I can squeeze my toes and it feels fine.

    Attacks are getting milder and milder as time goes by with less frequency but I just would like to be completely gone but doctor can't tell what it is.

    Any suggestion?
    Particular food which triggers my attacks are: : Steak, Shrimp, Anchovies, Fried Food, which are high in purine.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not really gout, but it is definitely caused by the uric acid accumulation in the body. A common flaw of conventional medical practice is that the doctors only confirm you as having gout if your blood uric acid level is beyond the healthy range. But the problem is that each person body reacts differently towards the accumulation of uric acid.

      Under normal circumstances, the excess uric acid will be carried to the kidneys for disposal through urine. But if you do not drink enough water and consume too much of high protein or high purine diet, the kidneys will not be able to cope with the increased load of uric acid and your body will find some alternative ways to 'hide' the acid in the blood. Bear in mind that our blood pH must be maintained at mild alkaline in order for the bio-chemical reactions in the blood to take place.

      Thus, the blood has to either 'borrow' some alkalizing minerals (mainly calcium) from the bones to buffer the acids or to throw the acids out from the bloodstream to other parts of the body. The uric acid will first seep into interstitial fluid in the tissues and then further into the synovial fluid of the joint. If the concentration of the acid reaches the saturation point, it will crystallize and form tiny urate crystals that causes the gout reaction.

      Thus, in your case, the uric acid is accumulated in the muscles of your toe instead of within the joint, at least not for now. And since lower temperature can increase the formation of uric acid crystal, that's why you tend to experience the discomfort in the middle of the cold night and early in the morning when your feet is colder.

      Then same applies to how those foods triggered the attack. You are having gout, it is just located in a grey zone that the doctors do not know how to define it. The solution is simple and very effective, all it takes is some discipline to follow through.

      Soak your feet in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes every night before you sleep. Wear comfortable socks to keep it warm during your sleep. After a period of time, those tiny crystals will slowly melt away and dissolve into the blood for disposal. Oh ya! Drink water frequently to help flush out the acids. You will be free from gout soon. Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the problem with my foot?
    I'm 18 now, when I was in 5th grade (like 9 or 10?) I was riding a scooter and when I went to stop, my foot twisted underneath my scooter (so basically the top of your foot that you normally see was the part that was flat on the ground, and the sole of my foot was turned upward, underneath the scooter). My foot hurt really badly after that, I could barely walk, and 2 days later my mom took me to the doctor. He never even took an x-ray or anything, he just laughed at me, said I sprained my ankle and sent me off without medicine or crutches or anything. I'm not sure how long it took to notice, maybe a few months after the swelling went down though, my foot looked (and still looks) completely deformed. On the outer side of my foot (ankle side), there's a huge mass that juts out where my foot should be completely straight. It feels completely hard, like it could be bone. My dad swears that it couldn't have been my bone, he also kind of lives behind the idea that it's probably gout, but I've looked up the symptoms of gout and that's basically an impressive amount of pain. I don't feel any pain from this at all. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with my foot? I'd go to the doctor or hospital, but they're both really far away, so there's no point in going if I'm just going to be laughed at again.

    • ANSWER:
      I would have gone for a second opinion the second the doctor laughed at me. It sounds like it could have been a fracture that didn't heal properly. I would suggest finding a podiatrist and consulting with him/her. You never want to let something like this go, especially if you are this worried about it. Its probably fine, but why take the chance?

  20. QUESTION:
    My feet feel broken all the time?
    Ok, for the past few months, my right foot has felt like I broke it. The pain is bad when I first wake up, I can't walk for about 20 minutes or so. Now, both feet are doing it, but the left doesn't hurt nearly as bad. Last year, it all started with my heels, they felt like they were in pieces, I bought some insoles for heel fasciitis, and that problem eventually stopped. My mom told me it could be gout, she has some arthritis symptoms, including gout when she eats or drinks certain foods. I read about it, and something about uric acid, which made me think..I have had 2 kidney stones, and over 10 uti's in the past 8 years. And I am the biggest water drinker on the planet, always have been. I never had insurance, so just went to the er for those, never got a diagnosis, just really good pain meds:) . I do have insurance now, so I 'm wondering what kind of doctor I should see. Here is a little about me, if it helps narrow it down at all.
    I'm 23, female, had 3 kids since I was 14(no judging please, I'm married to the daddy:) so I am a little overweight, never lost it all from the kids. but wasn't when I had the first stone at 16. I'm working on that, seems like no matter what I do for however long, it doesn't take off more than a few lbs, (was told 3rd shift can do that) I have been on 3rd shift for 4 1/2 yrs..which none of these probs started til recently. I am on my feet all night. And I get about 5 hours of sleep a day, max. Arthritis runs in my family, but I am so young, not sure here. Thanks for reading!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get a book called :

      "The Inflammation Cure" by Immunologist William Joel Meggs.

      This doctor talks about foods that promote inflammation -bad - don't eat and foods that reduce inflammation-> eat these foods.

      This diet plan helps people with obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, some heart conditions, some cancers, 'fibromyalgia' and more.

      Email me if you want.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the disease 'Gout'?

    • ANSWER:
      The small joint at the base of the big toe is the most common site of an acute gout attack. Other joints that can be affected include the ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows. Acute gout attacks are characterized by a rapid onset of pain in the affected joint followed by warmth, swelling, reddish discoloration, and marked tenderness. Tenderness can be intense so that even a blanket touching the skin over the affected joint can be unbearable. Patients can develop fever with the acute gout attacks. These painful attacks usually subside in hours to days, with or without medication. In rare instances, an attack can last for weeks. Most patients with gout will experience repeated attacks of arthritis over the years.

      Uric acid crystals can deposit in tiny fluid-filled sacs (bursae) around the joints. These urate crystals can incite inflammation in the bursae leading to pain and swelling around the joints, a condition called bursitis. In rare instances, gout leads to a more chronic type of joint inflammation which mimics rheumatoid arthritis.

      In chronic (tophaceous) gout, nodular masses of uric acid crystals (tophi) deposit in different soft tissue areas of the body. Even though they are most commonly found as hard nodules around the fingers, at the tips of the elbows, and around the big toe, tophi nodules can appear anywhere in the body. They have been reported in unexpected areas such as in the ears, vocal cords, or (rarely) around the spinal cord!

  22. QUESTION:
    Obtaining information from medical records?
    When I was 15 years old I passed a kidney stone and supposedly it was sent out to determine what kind of stone it was. Now 15 years later I am having extreme gout like symptoms and would like to know the results so I can get proper treatment. My old family doctor retired, however I did find paperwork claiming they were sending out to get examined. This is as far as I can get. Is there any tools I can use that will be helpful? Maybe a online database if they had one back then?
    Thanks for any help! Chet

    • ANSWER:
      Because of the age of the recorded information probably not. The reason that I say that is because doctor's offices are allowed to destroy medical records after so many years of inactivity.

      However, since this retirement is pretty recent (from what I understand) check the local paper to see if there's an announcement in there anywhere within the past week or so saying when your previous family doctor retired. The reason I am recommending this is because usually there will be information stating who the records of that doctor got turned over to. They will be able to tell you if they have that record so that you can get that information.

  23. QUESTION:
    what are the signs or symptom's of gout?
    my toe joint on both toes feel like they are broken(they aren't).

    • ANSWER:
      you can have gout on any of your toes, but the great toe is the most common;; usually redness & swelling are the most prominent features..the redness & swelling usually cause a shininess to the skin..but the effects of weight bearing cause you to soar through the roof with pain...you've GOT to go to the doc, there is truly no way of getting relief except for medication...good luck!!

  24. QUESTION:
    Foot pain....?
    I'm asking this question for my dad (60).

    He's having some sort of foot pain, it's at the top of his foot, along the side of the top (not the side of the foot completely). Like from the small toe up toward the ankle. On both feet.

    I've asked him if he's had any foot injuries, he said no. I asked him if he's stepped wrong with both feet, he said no. He has several friends who have Gout and none of his symptoms point to Gout. I asked him to describe to me what exactly hurts and here's what he told me::

    - Hurts more in the morning when he gets out of bed. (Actual pain rather than soreness.)
    - Generally sore throughout the day.
    - Gets a little better the more he moves them.
    - Cramps in them at night. (They woke him up this morning.)
    - Yesterday morning the tops of his feet were sort of red but no swelling. This morning, no redness but cramps.
    It sounds like RLS (Restless Leg) sort of, but it's not in the leg.

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    (And please, no simple "Go to the doctor" answers, we know he needs to and should but he's low on money at the moment. I would just like a general idea)

    • ANSWER:
      i can tell you without a doubt it is not gout.
      it could be lots of things - but here is the run down on the most likely.

      it sounds really really like a form of arthritis - possibly rheumatoid which is symmetrical, always hurts more in the morning, or osteo which is a degenerative form from wear and tear, especially if he worked in a job with a lot of standing.

      could be extensor tendinits, from overuse

      you can get carpal tunnel syndrome which everone has heard of but you can also get tarsal tunnel syndrome which nobody has heard of which is the foot equivalent

      it could be a trapped nerve in his back or hip.
      diabetes, lupus, syphilis, psoriatic arthritis.
      he needs to have the area x rayed, then you will know for sure, most of the above can be diagnosed with a simple cheap x ray

  25. QUESTION:
    Here is a question for you ChemHeads?
    Rhubarb is rich in oxalic acid (H2 C2 O4). The comsumption of excessive amounts of rhurbarb has been known to cause crystallisation of the calcium oxalate in the body giving symptoms similar to gout.

    Oxalic acid reacts with oxidising agents such as KMnO4 according to this equation:

    2MnO4 + 5H2C2O4 + 6H3O === 2Mn2+ + 10CO2 + 14H20

    What Volume of a 4.00x10-2m KMno4 solution is required to react comtpletely with 0.982g of Oxalic acid?
    Thats because you haven't got a clue rick..

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  26. QUESTION:
    What are some good treatment options for gout?
    I've had battles with gout off and on for a couple of years. I don't know why but the attacks always get worse when the weather warms up even a little bit. I never have an attack in the winter. I quit drinking so that should help. I haven't seen anything about drinking soda but I swear that when I drink soda my gout gets real bad. I can't take antiinflammatory drugs and this other medicine I've taken in the past takes the pain away but makes me sicker than a dog. The only thing that seems to help is cherry juice but I can only find it at the health food store for like and it only lasts a couple of weeks. The cababage leaf thing was nasty and didn't do anything for my foot. I've had gout so bad I couldn't even walk from my car to the pharmacy to get my medicine. My question is what else works? Do I have to drink the actual cherry juice or could I take some sort of capsule? If you've had gout what has worked for you to prevent or cure the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I wrote this answer in a previous question :
      I use all of the following remedies.
      But curently I use the Apple Cider Vinegar and regular celery intake as per below.

      Cherry juice can work but it is full of sugar.
      Eat fresh cherries.
      I have a section in my Gout Aware site
      http://www.gout-aware.com

      Apple Cider Vinegar : 1 x tablespoon mixed with a table spoon of filtered water, make sure it is organic with "Mother" still in it , add honey to taste and take about an hour after a meal 3 times a day..this will regulate your pH levels and reduce them...clean your teeth also after using this as it stains..then after an attack reduce this to once a day.
      The vinegar also helps weight control.

      Drink Plenty of water ( filtered) 2 litres a day. This in its self can cease Gouty activity.

      Occasionally use Baking Soda ( small amounts only and not long term due to its salt content, 1 x teaspoon with a large glass of water only in the beginning of an attack )

      Celery extract and celery oil blends. ( every day )
      I use 3mg celery extract with 2 mls celery oil..

      always seek a medical opinion before starting any low purine diet or taking any herb or medicine.
      check your medicines for side effects as there are many for any gout pills supplied by a doctor or health practitioner

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the best medicine for gout?
    Gout is a form of arthritis. Swelling and pain on joints are symptoms of the disease.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't eat fast food fatass!

  28. QUESTION:
    Pain in big toe and fingers from pressure? HELP!?
    I sometimes have a pain in my fingers, usually my thumbs, and it hurt if I apply pressure to it in certain areas. I also have it right now in my big toe, and it hurts if I apply pressure to the tip of it downwards. I just read about gout, and the symptoms might fit, as it says about 75% of gout pain attacks occur in the big toe in men. I am 14 years old, almost, 15, I don't understand what this is, or why it is happening. If anybody could have an answer t would be greatly appreciated. I have had these kinds of pains for at least a few years, but for the past 2 weeks I had it in I think 3 different spots. it's really beginning to annoy me. Thanks

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  29. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with my elbow?
    I don't know what is up with my elbow...I am a 29 year old woman and the past few days my elbow has been killing me. I did not bang it on anything, i did not lift something too heavy...i did nothing to hurt myself, yet the past 2 weeks it has been sore and gradually getting more painful...and last night it got to the point i had a hard time picking up a gallon of milk. My brother has somthing called gout...but his symptoms are a lot different then mine, so i don't think it would be that...not sure though. Any suggestions as to what this may be

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  30. QUESTION:
    Chronic Gout? No insurace. Terrible Pain?
    Hey my mother is disabled. she retains alot of fluid like in her ankles feet and legs and sometimes when its real bad in her belly. she cannot recieve medacaid for 2 years..thats the waiting period..so she has no healthcare. theres a clinic i can take her to for blood pressure pills and her lacix for peeing off the fluid but about 6 months ago..maybe less she started getting these pains in here legs...i did research online and cross reff. her symptoms and self diagnosed her with gout. chronic gout now because she had several flare ups within the last few months...see what happens is she takes the lacix.. a pill that makes her pee every 5 mins and then she sheds like 40 pounds in 2-3 days...which i think the rapid weight loss causes the uric acid build up and the gout comes. my question is how can help her she's hobbling around on one foot in tremendous pain..i feel so bad..but i cant take her to a doctor..any home remedies i can mix up..or anything?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Apple cider vinegar with 'mother" ?? Do you use it?
    For what?
    Its very healthy to ingest it but right now i apply to skin as toner for acne and it works. Anyone else have success?

    In particular, Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to:
    Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
    Balance high cholesterol
    Cure skin conditions such as acne
    Protect against food poisoning
    Fight allergies in both humans and animals
    Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
    Strengthen the immune system
    Increase stamina
    Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
    Improve digestion and cure constipation
    Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
    Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections

    • ANSWER:
      yup, its great for everything, mrs Bragg says itl cure cataracts too.
      have you read her vinegar book?

  32. QUESTION:
    I've had knee problems for the past 9 months or so. Anyone have a similar story with a good ending?
    Starting last November, my knee got really swollen. It was to the point where I couldn't bend it and the pressure of the fluid caused great pain. I've had x-rays, an MRI, and blood tests done that haven't pinpointed the exact cause. I've been seeing a rheumatologist because the doctors suspect I might have rheumatoid arthritis. The medication they gave me worked for a month or two, but my swollen knee is back. I've begun to wonder if the doctors really know what's wrong. I used Webmd and researched pseudogout and gout, which also match my symptoms. Anyone have any idea at all?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing for a year and a half. I had to switch to another orthopedic surgeon who gave me a steroid shot, and started on physical therapy. My knee got worse, so he went in and did arthroscopic knee surgery. They found A LOT of scar tissue, which most of the time it doesn't show up on MRI's and x-rays. I suggest you go see another doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    does having gout affect parkinson's disease?
    A close friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He has told me before that he also has gout. I know Parkinson's is a neurological disorder and am not sure exactly what gout is, but does having one effect the other? How so? Will it make either of his symptoms more severe or no?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to have both gout and Parkinson's disease although the higher urate levels have been found to be somewhat neuroprotective and seem to reduce the risk.

      Gout is described as "a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis (red, tender, hot, swollen joint). It is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes and deposits in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues. Gout affects 1% of Western populations at some point in their lives."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gout

      One problem about uric acid is that while it is usually a powerful antioxidant, which is needed to fight the antioxidants felt by some to be at the root of PD, it can also act as a pro-oxidant.

      Gout is an arthritis is an inflammatory condition. It is interesting that there is a school of thought about Parkinson's disease which describes PD as an inflammatory condition. There are several descriptions about this chronic, progressive, incurable neurodegenerative disease family so this is not an "ah-ha" moment, just an observation at this time.

      A two year study at Harvard University Medical School found that people with gout had a lower risk of developing PD and that among those who did, their progression rate was lower.
      http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/69/17/1696
      and the press release:
      http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2007-releases/press06212007.html

      The problem for your friend might be that in treating the gout, the urate level would drop and the PD progression could change.
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081104132923.htm

      You can read more about the relationship in the article below:
      http://parkinsonsfocustoday.blogspot.com/2010/01/urate-too-much-of-good-thing-or-just.html
      where you will read about a Johns Hopkins study in which it was learned that a malfunctioning gene, ABCG2 appears to "cause the high concentrations of serum urate which crystallizes in body tissues within joints. The result of course is inflammation and pain. The process occurs when ABCG2 doesn't make the protein needed to move the urate from the kidneys and down the drain."

      They don't effect each other except in the way described above. They share the commonalities of pain. PD often involves low levels of urate while gout is the opposite. Treating gout might affect the PD progression.

      The question that comes to mind is about the PD diagnosis. It is certainly possible to have both conditions but there are differential diagnoses and your friend might want to consider getting a second opinion by a neurologist specializing in movement disorders.

      Another concern is the effect that gout has on the kidneys because of the stress which Parkinson's disease medications place on those same organs. Depending upon the PD treatment, and there should certainly be treatment as soon as possible, your friend should have regular tests for liver and kidney function etc.

      I wish your friend better health.

  34. QUESTION:
    i need homework help!!!!! please!!! =]?
    okay sooo i need help.
    answer as many as you can k (=

    1) What is the difference between compact and spongy bone?

    2) List, describe, and give an example of the three types of joints.

    3) Name the three types of spinal curvature and describe their physical characteristics.

    4) What is a greenstick fracture?

    5) What does reduction mean?

    6) What is a fatty emoblism and when might it occur?

    7) Describe the symptoms, causes, and treatment of gout.

    answer as many as you can.
    & thank you in advance! (=

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    What exactly is Gout and?
    Does it usually happen in one part of the body? What are symptoms and what causes it? Exactly WHAT is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Gout occurs when there is an overproduction of uric acid in the body. Genetics can also play a role. It can also occur as a complication of other conditions. Other potential causes include surgery, stress,crash diets, sudden and severe illness, chemotherapy, joint injury, high blood pressure, and excessive exercise. Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe but can occur in your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. The pain typically lasts five to 10 days and then stops. The discomfort subsides gradually over one to two weeks, leaving the joint apparently normal and pain-free. The affected joint or joints become swollen, tender and red. Lumps (tophi) may be found under the skin around the elbows, heels or ears. There is no exact way to prevent attacks of gout, but if you have gout your doctor may prescribe certain medications to reduce the risk or lessen the severity of future attacks. You can read more about gout here
      http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/gout/ffgout.htm

  36. QUESTION:
    Any guess on what I might have? Bulging disc? Snapping hip syndrome? Cursed? :) ?
    My left hip hurts all the time and the pain runs down my leg. The pain is so bad that I feel like literally cutting off my leg so I don't have to feel the pain in those little nerve endings. Almost every morning, my left hip makes a little popping noise when I get up and pain shoots down my leg. I can't sleep on my back most nights, it's just too painful and keeps me awake. Sitting down is a trial and when I do end up sitting for a couple minutes and standing up again, my leg gets that dead leg, tingling sensation, you know, when blood circulation is cut off and comes rushing back. No idea what I have, too many diagnoses out there and the last time I went to the doctor, over a year ago, he wasn't very helpful in treating me. Kept trying to get me to take gout medication when I know I didn't have gout (cause my sister-in-law's dad has gout so I know what symptoms comes with the development of gout).

    • ANSWER:
      Find a better doctor!!! I would recommend seeing either a general orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist. Make sure they are Board Certified. If you have a primary care, ask them to give you some names. They are in the business of finding out which specialists are the best. Otherwise, subscribe to something like Angie's List which allows people to rate doctors to find someone with a good patient rating. Ask around in your area. It is not impossible to find a good doc.

      Btw, a bulging disk is unlikely to mimic pain like snapping hip syndrome. Snapping hip syndrome usually occurs on the front surface of the hip (groin pain) or on the outside bony area; bulging disk pain clearly occurs in the low back and usually refers down the back of the leg.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the duration of temporary infertility when you take Colchicine?
    I am a gout sufferer, and have been taking colchicine to ease the pain, but I have read some where that this drug can make you temporary infertile. My wife and I are trying for a baby soon, but I am not sure how long this temporary symptom will last Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      Check with your pharmacist. They have access to all the side effect information on any particular drug and they know you and the drugs you take. They can give you an informed answer.

      Take care, be well and good luck on trying for a baby.

  38. QUESTION:
    What do these symptoms indicate?
    general tiredness and malaise for 3 months; waking in night with pins and needles in the hand and tingling; swelling of metacarpophalangeal joints in BOTH hands...

    Is it SLE, Psoriatic arthritis, septic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, pseudo-gout, gout or OA??

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  39. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP! What type of cherry juice do I drink for Gout?
    I believe I do have Gout, I hear that cherries is good to eat and cherry juice to drink as well, but I'm not sure what type of cherry juice does it have to be natural or??..
    I read about Gout and it shows that it usually starts on your toes, well, mine did but I usually just get one swollen finger, Usually when you have arthritis doesn't all you fingers swell? I always just get one of my fingers, not all at once. Like right now my middle finger is wselled like a plump sausauge. I have not been diagnosed for it but I have a feeling I do have it cause of my symptoms. Ill go to the Dr. as soon as my insurance kicks in, but for now any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated:)
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    First two answers were very informative, is it normal for me to have Gout? I'm only 34yrs old, when I read about it, it shows that women in thier 50's are the ones it hits the most.. I'm still kinda young.
    Again, any info would be appreciated:)

    • ANSWER:
      It started in my husband's foot at age 18. The cherry juice helps him a lot. You have to get the pure kind, not pomegranite-cherry or cherry-white grape or anything like that. They have it at Trader Joe's, if they have that where you live, but cherries are seasonal, so stock up. Also, it's important to drink it as soon as you start to feel the pain. It is much more effective taken preventively rather than as a remedy once you are in severe pain. The health food store sells supplements, but he hasn't tried those yet. The doctor prescribes anti-inflammatory's, also more effective taken at the first sign of pain.
      Cut down on alcohol and meat, especially organ meat.

  40. QUESTION:
    what is this symptoms of.?
    ok my foot was really itchy it caused some swelling first on the top of my foot but, it went away and then at the bottom of my foot and around my toe. people tell me it could be athletes foot but it has none of the other symptoms such as scaling or flakey skin or any kind of skin abnormality that occurs w/ athletes foot....so maybe it could be early signs? but im not sure. i also came accross some thing called neuropathy but, from what im reading it says it occurs in diabetics. but im not diabetic....ive also checked out gout but nothing corrolates w/ that.....is this athlete's foot? or is there any other infection that could cause this. again the symptoms are itching, swelling, and pain

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  41. QUESTION:
    Odd Symptoms: Hot, red, swollen, tingly?
    Okay, so for quite a while now I've been having these really odd symptoms happening to me. The three most common places this happens is my heels, my knees, and my right pinky toe and the whole side of my right foot. From time to time at random I will feel a very tingly sensation and I will notice the area is beat red and hot to the touch. It also seems swollen. It mostly happens on my right knee/foot but today it happened on the left heel and started having a very strong pain to it. I've been tested for blood clots, limes disease, and even gout but they have all come back negitive. I really want to know what is going on. Please help?

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  42. QUESTION:
    Odd Symptoms: Hot, red, tingly, swollen?
    Alright, I've already asked this question before, but now I have pictures. Okay, so for quite a while now I've been having these really odd symptoms happening to me. The three most common places this happens is my heels, my knees, and my right pinky toe and the whole side of my right foot. From time to time at random I will feel a very tingly sensation and I will notice the area is beat red and hot to the touch. It also seems swollen. It mostly happens on my right knee/foot but today it happened on the left heel and started having a very strong pain to it. I've been tested for blood clots, limes disease, and even gout but they have all come back negative. I really want to know what is going on. Please help?

    Knee cap when swollen: http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t25/dezzie309/eww.jpg

    Heel when swollen:
    http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t25/dezzie309/heel.jpg

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  43. QUESTION:
    What were your earliest pregnancy symptoms?
    My period is more than a week late I was wondering if it was possible to experience pregnancy symptoms this early?
    My boyfriend and I are only using the pull-out method, and its worked for 10 months now (obviously that is not the best birth control method, but we are both secure enough tht if I gout pregnant it would be welcomed and we'd be prepared).
    Lately I've been getting weird stomach aches, with cramping but not period-like cramping, this usually happens after I eat and lasts for a while.
    Also, just the last couple of days my lower back has been killing me!!!
    I took a test last Saturday and it was negative, so I don't know if I should take another test now, wait, or just accept that AF is on its way.
    I've looked on lots of websites to see their early pregnancy symptoms, but I want to know what real people's experiences were.
    There's been so many times when I thought AF was coming just from all the cramps I've been getting, but then it's never anything.
    Just today my breasts have started feeling really sore and heavy. Although this happens whenever I'm about to get my period too.
    It's so frustrating how every sign of pregnancy is also a sign of your impending period lol.
    Yeah, and I've definately been peeing more often. I feel like I've been going all the time, but I thought that was a sign that showed up way later?

    • ANSWER:
      My breasts got noticeably larger RIGHT away, like within 1-2 weeks of conceiving, before I even missed my period. They were also a bit sore. And I had to pee a lot, had increased appetite, extreme fatigue, and nausea. Most of these symptoms happened within the first week or two of conception. I didn't think that was possible so I thought I just have been farther a long, but when I got a pregnancy test at the doctor and they told me I wasn't far a long at all, I asked about how soon you could start experiencing symptoms and she said women can experience symptoms as soon as a week after getting pregnant. You should try taking another home pregnancy test and if it comes out negative but you still don't feel right and you still haven't gotten your period, you should go to the doctor for a pregnancy test. Sometimes women can get a false negative, or you might have concieved so close to the beginning of your next period that even though you missed it, you're not far along enough for a pee test to be accurate. Hope this helps!

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of...?
    Gout, and what is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this link:

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a symptom of an allergic reaction to tomato?
    Whenever i eat tomato within 15 mintues i feel tired, like really tired, and lightheaded, dizzy, my eyes go really weird, like if there is a light on in the room for some reason it flickers in my eyes, i ask my work mates and they say the light is fine. Am i allergic to uric acid? could it be gout? Its been happening for about 2 months, and i also have polycystic kidney disease.... is there some sort of connection there? I love tomato and i refuse to stop eating it, has anyone else experienced this before? and if so, how did you fix it?
    I can eat Napoli sauce, tomato sauce, sun dried tomatos and anything else containing tomatoes just not tomatoes themselves, and i eat salt in ridiculous amounts and its never bothered me, like i'll cover my food in salt, i just crave it all the time... If its cooked tomato i sorat have the same effect just not so bad

    • ANSWER:
      Could be anything from a mild rash to your airways swelling closed. Depends on each individual. Most allergic reactions get worse everytime you have one for that specific allergy.

  46. QUESTION:
    Should I worry about my husbands symptoms?
    My husband is currently suffering from gout, which he has from time to time. He is normally well in himself, it is just the swelling and pain in his foot that troubles him.

    This week he has actually become quite ill and I am not convinced it is due to gout.

    He is extremely tired, falls asleep as soon as he sits down at home or work, has lost his appetite and is suffering from excessive sweating, mainly at night but during the day too. We have to change the bedding at least once a night as it wringing wet. He is also itching, probably as a result of the sweating but I guess it may be another symptom.

    I have suggested he goes to our GP but he is reluctant to go.

    Any ideas what could be the problem?

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  47. QUESTION:
    Does anyone think they know what is wrong with my dad?
    It sounds like Gout, Diabetes or Congestive Heart Failure.
    His symptoms are:

    swollen and painful calves and feet.
    knee swelling and pain.
    sleep apnea.
    narcolepsy.
    fluid or mucus in the lungs.
    lack of oxygen to the brain (it seems as if he has lost his smarts and it gets worse the more time goes by).
    Shortness of breath.
    Weight gain and his belly button is popped out (he is an inny).
    Head congestion.
    Loss of feeling in fingers and toes.
    Severe coldness (he freezes when its 75 outside- he heats my mom and I out of the house).
    Poor circulation.

    He is very sick and refuses to see the doctor. We everyday, feel like he may be dead when we wake up...

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear this...

      You have done your own research well. What I will say, as a health care professional, is that he does not have much longer to live if he does not seek medical counsel soon.

      You and your mother need to talk to him reasonably. Does he want for you and the family to suffer because of his refusal to take responsibility for his health? Does he feel that it is a loving thing for him to do as a father and husband to put you all through this stress? Does he realize that although there may be a complex reason for his symptoms that they may be EASILY treatable and the longer he waits the smaller those chances get?

      The final option is to have him forcibly taken to have a mental evaluation. An adult that is this sick may need extra care.

      I pray the best for you and your family.

  48. QUESTION:
    Aunt's swollen feet, slurred speech? (more detail below)?
    Hi, I actually have a question not about me but about my aunt who refuses to seek medical treatment. (actually, hasn't been to a doctor at all in over 30 years!) She is 57, about 5'5", I'm guessing somewhere around 180 lbs or so (hard to tell). She has been drinking rather heavily and smoking for the majority of her life. Recently, within about the past year or so, we have noticed that her feet (and probably her legs, although she's usually wearing long pants) have become extremely swollen, and purple, skin very tight. More recently, probably within about the last 6 months, her speech has become slurred (even when we know she hasn't been drinking that day.) It seems like her face and stomach have become swollen also, and I don't believe it's just normal weight gain since she hardly eats at all- says she has "stomach issues", which we've determined is either nausea or pain, or both. Now she has a lot of trouble walking, needs support and seems to be in a great deal of pain. We are working on convincing her to get some medical treatment, but in the meantime, I'm wondering if you might be able to tell me what you think this could be?

    I have done internet searches on some of her symptoms, and have come up with cirrhosis or gout - neither explains the slurred speech though.

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  49. QUESTION:
    Experiencing pain in my joints, and sometimes numbness?
    I'm a 16 year old female and I have experienced joint pain in my ankles, elbows, wrists, and in my arms. Usually when I experience joint pain in my ankles its caused by the cold, for example walking on cold pavement or having my feet uncovered. My wrists hurt from time to time without a specific cause. Usually when my wrists hurt, there is a numbness in my arm, and it feels as if there isn't enough circulation (which I think there is enough circulation going through my body). This especially happens when I try to lay down, and I have to keep switching from side to side, and keep my arms straight. It makes it hard to sleep. This is not a daily occurance, but when it does happen it is especially irritating! I also usually get shooting pains through my nerves usually on my neck and shoulders, I'm not sure if that's related or not. I used to be prone to cramping in my ankles and feet, that has seemed to change for the better.

    Is it possible to have arthiritis at the age of sixteen? Or what could be other causes of this? My father has gout, but I've looked at the symptoms and they don't seem relivent. I'm in horseback riding which could be a cause, but I doubt it. I've been to the doctor but he didn't think anything of it.

    Any ideas about what it could be?
    Thanks in advanced.

    • ANSWER:
      To rule out gout, get a blood test for uric acid levels, if it is high then you may have gout. But reading your problems you may have arthritis ( not sure which version as there are many). Riding may well shake up or enhance early onset arthritis, many of my friends who ride mountain bikes get it in their hands and knees due to the shaking and bumps of their sport. I would also get your iron levels checked as low iron can cause circulation problems.
      If you are lying down, you may have heart issues?
      I would speak to another doctor or maybe two and get at least 2 opinions, I would not waste any time with this. Your health is critical. One doctors opinion is not enough, especially with your symptoms and the doctor is not too concerned. Get rid of him and get a better doctor ( speak to two ).

      I have gout and your symptoms are not really gouty.

  50. QUESTION:
    Arthritis question?
    The doctor's think it's gout but aren't sure. These are my symptoms:
    *Swelling moves from joint to joint rapidly.
    *The swelling stays for a day or two and is extremely painful/unable to move.
    *It swells red and is hot to the touch.
    *I've used all of the prescribed arthritis and gout medicine and nothing works.

    Have you experienced this or know what it sounds like. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      If the swelling is substantial it can be checked for gout but taking a sample of the fluid from the swelled joint and testing the fluid for uric acid. The swelling would have to be substantial to do this. If the sample taken has blood in it then the test won't work.

      Regardless whether it is gout or arthritis both are inflammatory conditions. An enzyme called serrapeptase is used to treat inflammation and should work. The second link tells of 62 year old woman who suffered from arthritis and gout for 17 years but after 12 weeks on serrapeptase + MSM and trace minerals she was off all medications [drugs].

      The best source for trace minerals is seafood according to the 3rd & 4th links below. Trace minerals can also be found in supplements such as Concentrace and Plankton


What Are Purine Rich Foods

Written By: admin - Jul• 20•12

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are purine rich foods?
    I heard that's another word for protein or something, but none the less, what are they? Thanks for answering.

    • ANSWER:
      Foods very high in purines include:

      hearts
      herring
      mussels
      yeast
      smelt
      sardines
      sweetbreads

      Foods moderately high in purines include:

      anchovies
      grouse
      mutton
      veal
      bacon
      liver
      salmon
      turkey
      kidneys
      partridge
      trout
      goose
      haddock
      pheasant
      scallops

  2. QUESTION:
    What are Purine rich food?Are they responsible for increase in Uric Acid?

    • ANSWER:
      Purines metabolize to form uric acid and you find them in foods such as red meat, liver, kidney, heart, beer, beans and peas.

      You can see further details in a web search for "purine rich foods" + "uric acid".

  3. QUESTION:
    I have gout and i am doubtful about what sort of foods i must eat?what are the foods i must avoid?
    im finding a lot of results about purine rich foods.if possible do provide a list of foods that have high concentrations of purine or links regarding this.

    • ANSWER:
      Foods To Avoid

      Diets which are high in purines and high in protein have long been suspected of causing an increased risk of gout (a type of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the body which form crystals in the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation).

      In this specific study, though, not all purine-rich foods were associated with an increased risk of gout. There was no increased risk associated with a diet which included:

      * peas
      * beans
      * mushrooms
      * cauliflower
      * spinach

      Even though these foods are considered high in purines. Choi's team also found that low-fat dairy products decrease the risk of gout and overall protein intake had no effect. Ultimately, diets shown to be connected to gout are the same kinds of diet linked to cardiovascular disease.

      Foods very high in purines include:

      * hearts
      * herring
      * mussels
      * yeast
      * smelt
      * sardines
      * sweetbreads

      Foods moderately high in purines include:

      * anchovies
      * grouse
      * mutton
      * veal
      * bacon
      * liver
      * salmon
      * turkey
      * kidneys
      * partridge
      * trout
      * goose
      * haddock
      * pheasant
      * scallops

  4. QUESTION:
    Excess serum accumulation of uric acid can lead to a type of arthritis known as gout?
    Excess serum accumulation of uric acid can lead to a type of arthritis known as gout. This painful condition is the result of needle-like crystals of uric acid precipitating in joints and capillaries.

    Elevated serum uric acid (hyperuricemia) can result from high intake of purine-rich foods, and/or impaired excretion by the kidneys. Saturation levels of uric acid in blood may result in one form of kidney stones when the urate crystallizes in the kidney. These uric acid stones are radiolucent and so do not appear on an abdominal plain x-ray or CT scan. Their presence must be diagnosed by ultrasound for this reason. Very large stones may be detected on x-ray by their displacement of the surrounding kidney tissues. Some patients with gout eventually get uric kidney stones.[citation needed]
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    What is serum or purine-rich foods?How can uric acid make crystals ?

    • ANSWER:
      Serum means in the blood, it is not a food. Liquids like blood can hold a certain amount of a dissolved solid like uric acid. If there is more uric acid in the blood than it can hold, crystals of excess uric acid will form.
      from wikipedia food sources of purine
      Purines are found in high concentration in meat and meat products, especially internal organs such as liver and kidney. Plant based diets are generally low in purines [1].

      Examples of high-purine sources include: sweetbreads, anchovies, sardines, liver, beef kidneys, brains, meat extracts (e.g., Oxo, Bovril), herring, mackerel, scallops, game meats, and gravy.

      A moderate amount of purine is also contained in beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, green peas, lentils, dried peas, beans, oatmeal, wheat bran, wheat germ, and hawthorn.

  5. QUESTION:
    What can cause elevated serum uric acid?
    Elevated serum uric acid (hyperuricemia) can result from high intake of purine-rich foods, and/or impaired excretion by the kidneys. Saturation levels of uric acid in blood may result in one form of kidney stones when the urate crystallizes in the kidney. These uric acid stones are radiolucent and so do not appear on an abdominal plain x-ray or CT scan. Their presence must be diagnosed by ultrasound for this reason. Very large stones may be detected on x-ray by their displacement of the surrounding kidney tissues. Some patients with gout eventually get uric kidney stones
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    What do you mean by uric acid stones are radiolucent and so do not appear on an abdominal plain x-ray or CT ? Where doo these stones take place in the human body.

    • ANSWER:
      That means that these crystallized kidney stone (which is caused by elevated serum uric acid) is not likely to be seen on a general abdominal x-ray where other kind of kidney stone will.

      Kidney stones are usually found in kidneys.


Webmd Gout Treatment

Written By: admin - Jul• 19•12

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is one of the hottest cosmetic trends in the nation. In a time when skin rejuvenation and youthfulness is of the utmost importance, Fractional CO2 lasers can give people the skin they want and do much good without the need for surgical procedures. Other forms of treatment like Smartxide DOT CO2 treatments are also beneficial, but there are drawbacks to both types.

Overview

The process of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is simple on the surface but slightly more complicated underneath. The fractional CO2 laser used breaks up a beam into several smaller beams with space in the middle. The space has a function as well as the beams themselves. The beams cause skin damage to an extent that the skin "orders" the production of more collagen and consequently leads to facial rejuvenation. The spaces between the beams promote the healing process because if the entire area is damaged by the beams proper healing will be slower and more frustratingly painful.
Smartxide Dot CO2

DOT therapy, or Dermal Optical Thermolysis, is a form of skin treatment that is said to be outshining fractional CO2 lasers in effectiveness. The downtime and recovery/healing time of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is much more than one could get from a Smartxide DOT CO2 treatment. The process is basically the same, only a pre-set laser setting decides where to perform it and does it. DOT may be a fit name, because Smartxide DOT CO2 treatments create thousands of tiny microscopic holes in the skin, immediately urging the skin to tighten up and produce collagen, leaving the skin looking firmer and more beautiful than ever.

Fraxel Repair

Fraxel repair is a form of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing in which the dermatologist and patient together decide on a portion of the skin to be damaged by the fractional CO2 laser. During the process, the laser damages the determined portion of skin and leaves a good area of skin around each part to help healing come more quickly and with less pain. Fraxel repair is relatively new (first debuted in 2008) and it is still being determined how effective and safe it is, but it is estimated that women from their 30s to their 50s with mild to moderate lines and wrinkles, as well as acne scars and unwanted discolorations can have these problems solved with Fraxel repair without having to have surgical facial procedures like face lifting.

Downside

There are a couple of concerns with these types of facial rejuvenation, however. The long recovery or downtime that is required after a procedure like this is often slightly painful and unseemly. For up to three weeks after the procedure is done it is likely that the patient will not be fully healed. On top of that, it is possible for extreme redness to last for up to three months afterward, and the threat of infection from a procedure like this is not small and should be taken very seriously when considering this type of procedure.

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Uric Acid Women

Written By: admin - Jul• 19•12

Choking often occurs with night time acid reflux, but silent acid reflux can also cause choking, coughing, and other throat related issues. Although commonly referred to as silent reflux, the actual term for this particular form of acid reflux is Laryngopahryngeal reflux (LPR).

What is LPR? Laryngopharyngeal reflux is similar to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in that it occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) weakens and opens, allowing acid to reflux into the esophagus. However, the main difference is that the primary symptom of GERD is heartburn, while the primary symptoms of LPR typically occur in the throat.

Most people are aware that acid reflux usually occurs when the LES, the lower sphincter in the esophagus located between the esophagus and stomach, malfunctions. However, what is not as commonly known is the esophagus actually has another sphincter called the upper esophageal sphincter (UES). The UES is located where the esophagus meets the throat. When both the LES and UES fail, silent acid reflux is the result.

What is the difference between LPR and GERD? As was previously mentioned, LPR results when stomach acid makes it past both of your sphincters and pools in your throat, or reaches your mouth or the back of your nose. GERD is when acid makes it past the LES and remains in the chest and does not pass through the UES.

The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, which occurs after a person has experienced repeat episodes of reflux, and the acid has burned away the protective lining that coats the esophagus. Although some LPR sufferers experience heartburn, this isn’t a common symptom, because the refluxed digestive juices do not remain in the esophagus long enough to cause damage. This is often why LPR is referred to as silent acid reflux, because most people don’t associate the symptoms they experience from laryngopharyngeal reflux with acid reflux.

What are the symptoms of LPR? Symptoms almost always occur in the throat and are usually felt because, unlike the esophagus, there is no protective lining in the throat.

Common symptoms that may be experienced include:

- Chronic cough
- Asthma-like symptoms
- Regurgitation
- Sour or bitter flavor in the mouth
- Frequent need to clear the throat
- Consistent mucous in the throat
- Burning sensation or pain in the throat
- Sore throat
- Hoarseness and possible loss of voice
- Difficulty swallowing
- Post-nasal drip
- Pain in the ear and/or consistent ear infections
- Nausea
- Heartburn

A silent acid reflux sufferer may experience some or all of these symptoms.

What should I do if I think I have LPR? If you think you may be suffering from laryngopharyngeal reflux, you should visit your doctor for an examination and diagnoses. Your general practitioner (GP) may send you to an otorhinolaryngologist (a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat disorders, also known as an ENT specialist).

You can expect to have different tests done, such as a fiberoptic endoscopy, a special test that is designed to visualize the full length of your throat, and is often used to diagnose LPR. Other tests you may experience for further diagnosis include barium swallow or dual pH probe studies. It is imperative that you have LPR diagnosed and treated, because it can cause just as serious damage as untreated GERD.

How is LPR treated? Silent acid reflux is primarily treated with the same methods as GERD. The reason is because the goal is to reduce acid to treat symptoms and prevent acid reflux from occurring. Thus, treatment typically involves lifestyle changes (I.E. eliminating foods and beverages 00004000 that trigger acid reflux, quitting smoking, losing excess weight, not eating before bed, etc.), and may include antacid medication or surgery depending on the severity of LPR and the frequency of acid reflux attacks.

Remember that you should always consult your doctor first before starting any method of treatment. Do not self-diagnose silent acid reflux, because the symptoms you are experiencing may be related to another condition altogether. Always seek a professional diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what to eat in daily meal & breakfast of uric acid patient?
    I am uric acid patient,women 45 years old I want to know that what to eat in daily brekfast & meal to maintain my health & acure cure frm this deseas

    • ANSWER:
      There are books issued from ICMR Hyderabad on nutritive value of Indian foods and other book is therapeutic diets.
      These books are available any city where the book seller sells the books for Medical & Nursing students. You will get correct, authentic information in simple english.

      For URIC acid situation, I would suggest you to visit a dietician for therapeutic diet planning, SMS medical college jaipur has dietician department they give free consultation.

  2. QUESTION:
    why do men have higher levels of uric acid compared to women?

    • ANSWER:
      is that so? could it be the reason why i have more problems on rheumatism than my wife?

      could it be that women have more efficient excretory system? women, aside from the normal excretion man have they excrete by the process of menstruation. i hope my guess is of help. If not then sorry.

  3. QUESTION:
    what happen if a pregnant woman has a uric acid?
    what happen if a pregnant woman has a uric acid.please answer it.

    • ANSWER:
      It puts the mother at very high risk for preeclampsia.

  4. QUESTION:
    Do men with uric acid problem ave problems with impregnating women?
    and also painful bones problems even though they do take medication.
    i mean are they fertile to reproduce?

    • ANSWER:
      That is a good question for a fertility specialist.

  5. QUESTION:
    how possible that the cause of my cramp middle finger is uric acid my friend told me it was the cause?
    before i told my doctor that i was encountering cramps in my middle finger but she keep on telling that it was natural pregnant woman use to encounter different kinds of pain....but it was really pain every time i tempt.to closed my fist.

    • ANSWER:
      A build up of uric acid in your joints is more commonly known as gout and is extremely painful and if left untreated which in your case is not possible being pregnant will spread.

      Try changing your diet avoiding high protein foods such as red meat

  6. QUESTION:
    Men with uric acid problem...can they impregnate a woman? or painful bones.?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can still impregnate a woman if you have a uric acid problem. One thing has nothing to do with the other. When you speak of a uric acid problem, does that mean you have gout? Gout is a painful condition that affects the joints, usually that of the big toe. Have you been to a doctor? Gout can be treated very successfully. Don't suffer with the pain. It has nothing to do with the bones -- it 's the joints or the connective tissue. See your doc.

  7. QUESTION:
    May i know what causes some women to have high blood pressure during pregnacy and what causes toxins?
    Before this pregnacy my sister lost her baby during child birth.The doc said she had toxins and her uric acid was high.Is it safe for her to have another baby am worried please advise. She is 43years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone over the age of 40 is considered a high risk pregnancy first off. High blood pressure during pregnancy is caused by 1 of 3 things...

      Chronic hypertension: A woman can have high blood pressure before she gets pregnant. Sometimes a woman has high blood pressure for a long time before she gets pregnant, but she doesn't know it until her first prenatal check-up.

      Preeclampsia: This condition can cause serious problems for both the mother and the baby. It only happens in the second half of pregnancy. It causes high blood pressure, protein in the urine, blood changes and other problems. (The only cure for this type of high blood pressure is delivery of the baby)

      Transient hypertension: Some women just get high blood pressure near the end of pregnancy. They don't have any other signs of preeclampsia.

      As far as Toxins go, I am not sure what you are referring to, but I will take a guess most toxins would be an environmental toxin that the mother was exposed to in the early stages of pregnancy, but pre-eclapsia, can cause a dangerous state for both mother and baby.

      Here is some more information I thought you might find helpful

      What Are the Effects of High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy?
      Although many pregnant women with high blood pressure have healthy babies without serious problems, high blood pressure can be dangerous for both the mother and the fetus. Women with pre-existing, or chronic, high blood pressure are more likely to have certain complications during pregnancy than those with normal blood pressure. However, some women develop high blood pressure while they are pregnant (often called gestational hypertension).

      The effects of high blood pressure range from mild to severe. High blood pressure can harm the mother's kidneys and other organs, and it can cause low birth weight and early delivery. In the most serious cases, the mother develops preeclampsia--or "toxemia of pregnancy"--which can threaten the lives of both the mother and the fetus.

      What Is Preeclampsia?
      Preeclampsia is a condition that typically starts after the 20th week of pregnancy and is related to increased blood pressure and protein in the mother's urine (as a result of kidney problems). Preeclampsia affects the placenta, and it can affect the mother's kidney, liver, and brain. When preeclampsia causes seizures, the condition is known as eclampsia--the second leading cause of maternal death in the U.S. Preeclampsia is also a leading cause of fetal complications, which include low birth weight, premature birth, and stillbirth.

      There is no proven way to prevent preeclampsia. Most women who develop signs of preeclampsia, however, are closely monitored to lessen or avoid related problems. The only way to "cure" preeclampsia is to deliver the baby.

      How Common Are High Blood Pressure and Preeclampsia in Pregnancy?
      High blood pressure problems occur in 6 percent to 8 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S., about 70 percent of which are first-time pregnancies. In 1998, more than 146,320 cases of preeclampsia alone were diagnosed.

      Although the proportion of pregnancies with gestational hypertension and eclampsia has remained about the same in the U.S. over the past decade, the rate of preeclampsia has increased by nearly one-third. This increase is due in part to a rise in the numbers of older mothers and of multiple births, where preeclampsia occurs more frequently. For example, in 1998 birth rates among women ages 30 to 44 and the number of births to women ages 45 and older were at the highest levels in 3 decades, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Furthermore, between 1980 and 1998, rates of twin births increased about 50 percent overall and 1,000 percent among women ages 45 to 49; rates of triplet and other higher-order multiple births jumped more than 400 percent overall, and 1,000 percent among women in their 40s.

      (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/hbp_preg.htm)

      Best of Luck,
      Kimberly...RRT

  8. QUESTION:
    Why do I have a high enzyme count in my liver? I am pregnant.?
    My bp, uric acid and every other test is normal. My enzymes in my liver are elevated though. My doctor will be doing more tests in 2 weeks. I am not a closet drinker, not a drug user, have never had a blood transfusion-- so its not hepatitis (and I have had my vaccines for two of the hepatitis viruses.) I am currently 29 weeks pregnant. Any help? My doctor is also having me take 400 mg of magnesium and a baby aspirin daily as in the past studies have shown that women who have taken magnesium in their second birth, who have already had one birth with preclampsia, very few had it again.

    • ANSWER:
      Never heard of that. Usually when your enzymes are elevated you have other signs too. Perhaps because of the magnesium and the baby Tylenol you are not seeing the blood pressure be elevated but could still be getting preeclampsia. I had it with #2 and #3 and my doctor never put me on those. (She did get fired for this pregnancy though so...) I hope when you get the other tests done that they come out great. Good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    i vomited without a reason today morning?
    Today morning i felt a bit nausea, then i ended up vomiting, m a 55 year old woman. Last nite i took some medicines for my toe pain...(muscular), which i normally do. TRAMADOL tablet with a paracetamol CROCIN. Today i vomited for no reason...i took Zyloric also. Allupinol tablets. for my Uric acid.

    could it be the medical reaction? but i always take TRAMADOL. and Zyloric too, and i never vomit... why this time?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you answer any of these?
    any answers would help. thanks

    2. The body gains solutes from all of the following processes except ________.

    a.secretion by cells

    b. metabolism

    c. respiration

    d. sweating

    3. All of the following metabolic waste products are removed primarily by the urinary system except ________.

    a. carbon dioxide

    b. uric acid

    c. ammonia

    d. creatine

    4. The structure that carries filtrate from the kidney to the bladder is the ________.

    a. ureter

    b. urethra

    c. nephron

    d. distal tubule

    5. The kidney's central cavity is called the ________.

    a. kidney medulla

    b. renal pelvis

    c. renal capsule

    d. kidney cortex

    6. The structure of the nephron which receives the substances filtered from blood is the ________.

    a. glomerulus

    b. Bowman's capsule

    c. loop of Henle

    d. collecting duct

    7. In a nephron, the glomerulus is located between the ________ and the ________.

    a. Bowman's capsule, loop of Henle

    b. afferent arteriole, efferent arteriole

    c. efferent arteriole, peritubular capillaries

    d. proximal tubule and distal tubule

    8.Which nephron structure is not correctly paired with its function?

    a. glomerular capillaries, filtration

    b. loop of Henle, urine concentration

    c. proximal tubule, secretion

    d. Bowman's capsule, reabsorption

    9.Reabsorption returns all or most of the ________ in nephron tubules to the blood.

    a. water

    b. glucose

    c. amino acids

    d. all of the choices

    10.Urinary secretion maintains the body's acid-base balance through secretion of excess ________.

    a.
    water

    b.
    hydrogen ions

    c.
    potassium ions

    d.
    urea

    11.In the nephron, cells of the ________ prevent water from escaping.

    a.
    peritubular capillaries

    b.
    proximal tubules

    c.
    descending loop of Henle

    d.
    distal tubules

    12. Which hormone produced in the brain increases water reabsorption in the distal tubules of the nephron?

    a.
    renin

    b.
    aldosterone

    c.
    ADH

    d.
    diuretic

    13. The "thirst center" in the brain monitors ________.

    a.
    the amount of saliva produced by salivary glands

    b.
    the juxtaglomerular apparatus

    c.
    blood pH levels

    d.
    blood volume

    14. The kidneys control the body's acid-base balance by ________.

    a.
    excreting bicarbonate buffer

    b.
    forming new bicarbonate buffer and adding it to the blood

    c.
    excreting excess H+ ions

    d.
    all of the choices

    15. Kidneys excrete excess H+ ions by combining them with ________.

    a.
    phosphate ions

    b.
    ammonia (NH3)

    c.
    bicarbonate

    d.
    all of the choices

    16. Glucose in urine may be a sign of ________.

    a.
    hepatitis

    b.
    urinary tract infection

    c.
    diabetes

    d.
    hypertension

    17. Which disease affecting the urinary system is more frequent in women than in men?

    a.
    kidney stones

    b.
    polycystic kidney disease

    c.
    bladder infection

    d.
    glomerulonephritis

    18.Symptoms of kidney-function impairment include ________.

    a.
    nausea

    b.
    fatigue

    c.
    memory loss

    d.
    all of the choices

    19. A hemodialysis machine ________.

    a.
    selectively exchanges solutes across a membrane between the patient's blood and a chemical solution

    b.
    replaces the patient's blood with a balanced chemical solution

    c.
    adds a balanced chemical solution to the patient's blood

    d.
    transfuses cross-matched blood to the patient

    • ANSWER:
      d
      a
      a
      a
      d
      b
      d
      a
      b
      no idea
      c
      either B or D
      not sure about 14
      or 15
      C
      C, bladder infections
      don't know 18
      A

      P.S. You don't learn anything from letting other people do your homework for you, but I like the challenge and did it anyway.

  11. QUESTION:
    Urinary review question?
    Urinary System Review

    1. The main function of the urinrary system is:
    a. absorb nutrients
    b. remove waste products form the blood
    c. make blood cells
    d. remove carbon dioxide

    2. The outer portion of the kidney is called the:
    a. cortex c. medulla
    b. hilus d. pleura

    3. The structural and functional unit of the kidney is called:
    a. renal tubule c. nephron
    b. renal corpuscle d. Bowman’s capsule

    4. A cup like, double walled structure with an inner filtering membrane best
    describes the
    a. glomerulus c. renal tubule
    b. Bowman’s capsule d. loop of Henle

    5. The composition of the filtrate can be altered by the
    a. glomerulus c. renal tubule
    b. Bowman’s capsule d. renal corpuscle

    6. The process of filtration occurs at the
    a. convoluted tubule c. loop of Henle
    b. Bowman’s capsule d. renal tubule

    7. Reabsorption of filtrate is carried out by the
    a. convoluted tubule c. renal tubule
    b loop of Henle d. glomerulus

    8. Which of the following is not normally found in urine?
    a. urea c. water
    b. uric acid d. glucose

    9. Occasionally, renal ______develop and disrupt normal flow.
    a. calculi c. distension
    b. stones d. a and b
    10. The ureter carries urine from the
    a. bladder to urethra c. kidney to bladder
    b. bladder to kidney d. ureters to urethra

    11. Women have more problems than men with urinary tract infections due to the fact the
    a. ureter is so short and close to the anus
    b. bladder is so small
    c. urethra is so short and close to the anus
    d. bladder is larger

    12. The hormone ADH works on the:
    a. distal convoluted tubule to promote water loss
    b. distal convoluted tubule to promote water reabsorption
    c. on the loop of Henle to promote water reabsorption
    d. Bowman’s capsule to promote water reabsorption

    13. Inflammation of the renal pelvis is called
    a. leptospirosis c. pyelitis
    b. nephritis d. renalitis

    14. Diuretics will cause body fluids to become
    a. hypertonic c. hypotonic
    b. hypoosmotic d. isotonic

    15. The basic principle behind dialysis is:
    a. passive diffusion across selectively permeable membranes
    b. active diffusion across selectively permeable membranes
    c. active diffusion across impermeable membranes

    16. Blood volume and pressure increase due to a series of changes initiated by the enzyme
    a. ADH c. rennin
    b. angiotensin II d. carbonic acid

    • ANSWER:
      It's so funny when people try to cheat on assignments. You should be able to find everything in there on wikipedia. Why are you asking someone else to do it for you?

  12. QUESTION:
    Have any of you had high blood pressure during pregnancy or had to take Labetalol? I need advice please!?
    I have had hypertension for years that has went untreated due to not having insurance previously & Im now 9 weeks pregnant & my dr prescribed Labetalol to keep in under control. I did some research online & read that its a category C, crosses the placenta, hasn't been tested on pregnant women & only on lab animals who did give birth to animals w/ birth defects, plus many alarming other things including side effects that sounded not so pleasant. I didnt take the medication because my biggest worry is the safety of my baby & I dont feel that this medication is completely safe. I came in for an appt today w/ my dr & my blood pressure was 152/96 & I had to reveal to her that I havent taken the medication yet in which she scolded me like a little kid & told me the dangers of having hypertensio & getting preeclampsia, having seizures, stroke etc. I also had a 24 hr urine done & the protein & uric acid levels were higher than normal so Im thinking I need to start taking this medication, but Im worried about the safety of my child. Have any of you had high blood pressure during pregnancy & did you take this medication? Did your pregnancies turn out ok? I just need some real advice from women who have been through this please! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I always had chronic hypertension and while I was pregnant, my high blood pressure stayed the same so my doctor gave me a list of types of food to avoid and to do my best to stay stress free. My doctor kept an eye out to make sure my baby is growing at a normal rate.

      I didn't have to take high blood pressure medicine - Nifedipine, until I was 26 weeks because my doctor said it will slightly lower my blood pressure and will help lower the risk of any labor complications.

      Any blood pressure medications has a slight risk but as long you continue to follow doctors orders and go to your doctor's visits, I'm sure you will be fine.

      If you still have questions or doubts about the medication you are taking, ask your doctor but I remembered my doctor mentioned Labetalol that it is a common medication prescribed to pregnant women because it's the safest.

      Congratulations and best of luck :)

  13. QUESTION:
    I'm a 42 year old female.?
    I discovered that I have a black and blue big toe and now I'm afraid I have gout. Is that possible? Web MD describes gout as joint problems caused by too much uric acid in your blood and you form crystals in your joints. I have had occaisional pain in my big toes, but thought it was realated to my bunion problem. I noticed last night that my big toe just started swelling and feeling extremely hot, like someone was burning it -or like a bee sting......for no apparent reason....I didn't stub my toe - I wasn't walking outside barefooted...I didn't drop anything on my toe....then the swelling went down a little and I didn't think about it again! Went to work this morning, was fine all day, it didn't hurt at all. Got home from work, took off my shoes and socks and my toe is black and blue! Web MD suggests drinking water and losing weight. It also says gout usually occurs in older men. I am a 42 year old female and I weigh approximately 135 pounds. Are there any 42 year old women out there that have ever had gout? I'm freaking out!

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get enough calcium and protein in my diet?
    Hello to everyone reading.

    My husband and I are both healthy eaters. We both enjoy a healthy, balanced diet and exercise. However, I have an issue. While I love most fruits and vegetables, and get my daily intake, I absolutely hate milk, and most dairy products. Also, meat turns my stomach a lot of the times, because I am have the Mirena, and I take an estrogen supplement, because of my Endmitriosis.

    The estrogen seems to give me a bit of nausea sometimes, mostly concerning meat and eggs. The smell of them cooking causes my stomach to turn. I know that beans, and peas, and other vegetables contain protein, and iron. However, because of the Endomitriosis, I tend to be a bit anemic, so meat is a necessity for me. I cannot take iron pills, because I also have an issue with my kidneys, I make uric acid stones, and iron pills can make them worse, as can soy.

    Also, I despise milk. I do not like the taste of it at all, so I bought some chai syrup, which I love. I add a tablespoon of it to my milk, and I can drink it. Though, it is quite sugary. Is that completely ruining the benefits of drinking milk? I force myself to eat yogurt, but I am not a huge fan of it. I do take a calcium supplement, but with my hormonal issues, I need my bones to be in the best shape they can be, for my old age, lol.

    So, my questions are...

    1) How can I make sure I get enough protein and iron?
    2) Does the sugar in the chai syrup completely cancel out the benefit of drinking the milk?
    3) What other ways can I make sure I get enough calcium?

    BQ: Any women out there who have insane hormonal issues, who might be reading this. Have you ever had your hormonal supplements make you sick, and unable to eat certain things? If so, how did you get past it?

    Thank you to everyone who reads. Please, do not tell me to talk to a doctor, I have already obviously done that, I am just looking for new/other ideas.

    Please and Thank you! :D

    • ANSWER:
      try a Whey protein supplement. The bioavailabilty of it is approximately 98% as where a chicken egg is approximately 90 when cooked. Soy tends to upset the stomach any way. But soy does have its benefits for menopausal women such as helping with hormone levels. Daily recommended intake for calcium is 700 to upwards of 3000mg a day. I would recommend no more than 1500-2000 really cause you can develop kidney stones. As for the syrup in your milk its a great alternative to Chocolate syrup. And its probably sucrose based which is better than fructose. besides milk there are supplemental pills that range from 100-250 mg. A daily mumultivitamin specifically for women is also available. I recommend the GNC women's one to all my female personal ttraining clients because of the slow disintegration rate so it gives you a constant influx of vitamins and minerals.
      You can try supplementing with soy isoflavone too to help with hot flashes and what not.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why am I hypertensive wherein I am not fat, nor I dont smoke.?
    I am 51 year old woman, 104 lbs and 5'2" tall, I'm having high blood pressure like..130/90, sometimes 140/80 where in I am not fat at all, and my cholesterol, triglycerides, uric acid, are in normal level and I am not diabetic. I don't smoke not drink alcohol at all. What can possibly cause my being hypertensive?

    • ANSWER:
      In your case, its probably that your arteries, veins and blood vessels has lost their flexibility. In other words, your system has lost some of its pliability and the arteries have stiffened a bit. This is completely reversible with exercise program.

      One important thing your failed to mention is exercise. I mean the cartio type of exercise where the heart is stressed.

      What that exercise will do over a period of time is to improve the flexibility of your heart and arterial system. And, it will greatly lower your heart beat per minute.

      As an example, I know of a lady with about the same conditions as yours who went on a cartio exercise program and lowered here blood pressure from an average of 128/92 down to 118/75 and a heart beat of about 60. She did that in the scope of two months.

      So I would say that missing from your ability to lower your blood pressure is exercise, noting more.

      On blood pressure, you need a lot of measurements, taken at various times of day. Then add those up and average that number. That will give a good indicator of direction your blood pressure has taken. Blood pressure at best, is a crude measurement wherein one tries to measure pressure deep in the arm of an artery buried about 2 inches below muscle. So lots of measurements are need to establish an average reading that is meaningful.

  16. QUESTION:
    Need help with figuring out kidney stones?
    Ok so I have kidney stones, MANY kidney stones, last exam they lost count of how many I had in each kidney. We have done blood test, and the analyzed a stone and it is an oxalate stone (calcium). My blood says I have high uric acid , normal is 2.5 to 6 for woman and I am at a 6.5 and it also shows up in my urine. My calcium levels are normal. So..... Uric acid would cause uric acid stones and would never have calcium stones. Why is my uric acid somewhat high and where are the calcium stones coming from if my calcium levels are fine??? sooooo confused!

    • ANSWER:
      There are things that you may be eating or drinking that depletes the body of calcium. When too much calcium is pulled out of the body it goes into the kidneys and this can form stones - calcium oxalate.

      For instance, soda can deplete the body of calcium, meaning if you are taking supplements or getting calcium in your food, it will pull it out of the body. THere are different foods that do this.

  17. QUESTION:
    I need a professional's opinion on this hematology report.?
    The report reads:

    HEMATOLOGY

    Wbc count: 20.2
    Rbc count: 4.0
    Hemoglobin: 12.7
    Hematocrit: 35.1
    Plt count: 197

    Differential

    Neutrophils (segs): 78 50-70 %
    Bands: 0 1-6 %
    Lymphocytes: 21 20-40 %
    Monocytes: 0 2-10 %
    Eosinophils: 1 1-5 %
    Basophils: 0 0-2 %

    Others:
    Rbc Morphology: Normal

    CHEMISTRY

    Uric Acid: 6.6 Male 2.5-7.5 mg/dl
    Female 1.5-6.8 mg/dl

    Fasting Glucose: 72 65 - 109 mg/dl - Normal
    110- 125 mg/dl - Impared Glucose Tolerance
    >126 mg/dl - Diabetes

    SEROLOGY

    Rheumatoid Factor; Negative

    ***I'm not really sure what's going on but I need you to take a look at the Wbc count (White Blood Cell count).
    This is for a 50 year old woman

    thx

    • ANSWER:
      WBC count is high. Usually it indicates infection. Her neutrophils (white cell) are also high. Neutrophils usually raised in bacterial infection. Does she has fever?

  18. QUESTION:
    I need a doctor's/ med student opinion on this hematology report?
    The report reads:

    HEMATOLOGY

    Wbc count: 20.2
    Rbc count: 4.0
    Hemoglobin: 12.7
    Hematocrit: 35.1
    Plt count: 197

    Differential

    Neutrophils (segs): 78 50-70 %
    Bands: 0 1-6 %
    Lymphocytes: 21 20-40 %
    Monocytes: 0 2-10 %
    Eosinophils: 1 1-5 %
    Basophils: 0 0-2 %

    Others:
    Rbc Morphology: Normal

    CHEMISTRY

    Uric Acid: 6.6 Male 2.5-7.5 mg/dl
    Female 1.5-6.8 mg/dl

    Fasting Glucose: 72 65 - 109 mg/dl - Normal
    110- 125 mg/dl - Impared Glucose Tolerance
    >126 mg/dl - Diabetes

    SEROLOGY

    Rheumatoid Factor; Negative

    ***I'm not really sure what's going on but I need you to take a look at the Wbc count (White Blood Cell count).
    This is for a 50 year old woman

    thx

    • ANSWER:
      WBCs are elevated, that indicates infection. I'm a nursing student though, not a doc.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have gout? I'm a woman in mid 30's & not sure. Please someone help?
    For the last 7 or 8 years I have been getting periods where I have intense pain in my feet & ankles. It then moves to my knees, hands, wrists, elbows & hips. It only happens about every 2 years & will last for about 2-3 months. All that time doctors have been telling me it's in my head & I'm depressed. I recently had a dr check me for lupus (neg), rheumatoid arthritis (neg), diabetes (neg) & others (all neg). Then they checked my uric acid & it was 37. I thought normal was 0-20. The dr now says maybe gout. My dad has gout & also my sister. She was diagnosed with gout when she was in her early 30's (I'm 35). I thought gout only lasted for around a week & only affected your big toe. I'm so tired of the pain all the time. It's like walking on broken glass. I am waiting to see a specialist in this area. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Any ideas on what it could be & what I can do to stop the pain (without huge amounts of painkillers!)? I live in remote oz with not many ulternatives.

    • ANSWER:
      I have read that 100% cherry juice (unsweetened) helps dissolve gout crystals. Or else eating 20 or so cherries a day. Be warned though the cherry juice is unsweetened and is extremely tart. You should feel relief in 2 weeks with 8 ounces of juice or 20 cherries a day. Do a Yahoo!! Search of "gout and cherries". I hope this helps you!!


Uti Remedy Report

Written By: admin - Jul• 19•12

The urinary tract is the body system responsible for cleansing the body and releasing the bad elements out of it.

The urinary tract is composed of 6 parts, the two kidneys that are responsible for separating bad elements from the good ones, the 2 ureters, which are attached to each kidney and is the tube where bad wastes in the form of urine passes through, the bladder where the urine will be stored until it is filled up and the urethra, the opening where urine is released.

What happens when bacteria invades your urinary tract? It would still function but there is a possibility that your urinary tract would shut down and fail to work if left unattended. This condition is called urinary tract infection.

There are kinds of urinary tract infection according to its seriousness. Urethritis is the infection wherein the bacteria settle in the urethra. This is a very light infection and can be treated by keeping oneself clean. As the bacteria moves up to the bladder, cystitis will be experienced by the patient.

This condition is mild as well and can be prevented through antibiotic intake. But if this condition is not treated early, the bacteria can travel into the kidney, hence causing pyelonephritis or kidney infection. This is serious compared to the two other types of UTI and can cause vital problems and damages to the kidney.

Lots of prevention measures may be taken by a UTI sufferer, including avoidance of carbonated drinks, coffee, tea, junk foods and salty foods, which are usually the causes of kidney problems resulting to UTI, wearing cotton-made clothes and underwear instead of nylon, regular urination, drinking of water often, and even bladder exercises.

Bladder exercises have been proven to be effective in preventing further UTI problems. One healthy and popular way to revive the bladder's health is through 'Kegal exercises'. These exercises are done to enhance the strength of pelvic floor muscles, which are the muscles supporting the different parts of a person's urinary tract such as vagina, bladder and urethra.

Further experiments and trials have confirmed that through toughening of these pelvic floor muscles, incontinence (leaking of urine coming from the bladder) may be prevented. These muscles are weakened due to lifting heavy weights, obesity, menopausal stage wherein estrogen is lost and repeated UTI cases.

One example of this exercise is by stopping urine flow during urination. When you do this, the muscles familiarize yourself with them. When you are not urinating, you may also tighten these muscles and hold it for at least ten seconds for twenty times.

What is good about exercises is that no one knows you are doing them and they can be done anywhere because it is so easy to perform.

If you are infected with UTI, you need not panic. It can easily be remedied so there is no immediate need for worry. Just remember that it is better to prevent than to cure so might as well spend some time and effort for something that will benefit you in the long run after all. Engage in these bladder exercises to decrease chances of UTI. Live your life healthily.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does this Amy's UTI remedy report really work ?
    is it just one way to attract people with their advertising skills.
    http://amysuticure.com/?p=3

    • ANSWER:
      There are no natural, over the counter, or home remedies for UTI. The only way to cure a UTI is to take antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. Untreated, UTI could lead to kidney damage and other serious problems.

  2. QUESTION:
    did any one try UTI-report remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      To be honest, I have not tried the UTI report. There are some suggestions it is a scam. See the following link. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS336US336&q=UTI+report+scams. However, a remedy (or a prescription drug from a doctor) that works for some people may not work for everyone. That doesn't mean it's a scam.

      I have bought products over the internet, and when a company offers a 100% money-back guarantee, they mean it. I have returned a bunch of products and always gotten my money back with no hassles.

      I believe the UTI report is .95, which for most people is not that much money. So buying the UTI report with the guarantee might be worth a try. By the way, I have no financial ties to the UTI report. I am just offering my opinion.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the very best rapid home remedy for a UTI?
    Barton Publications on home remedies does report that there is a home remedy that works rapidly to
    clear up a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) but the publication is 19.99 that I dont have and hope that someone will pass on the information if that is not too much to ask.

    • ANSWER:
      Cranberry concentrate. And I think yogart is another one.

  4. QUESTION:
    Home Remedies For UTI PLZ HELP?
    I've had a UTI (urinary Tract Infection) for almost a week now. I've taken Cystex for about 5 days now and i have been drinking 64 fl oz of cranberry juice every day (yes the whole thing) and I drink a few 16 oz bottles of water everyday, and a few Azo cranberry pills.
    I thought by now it would be all gone after a week but no and the only thing that is really getting on my nerves is the urge to urinate which started a few days ago, and the somewhat painful urge (not to much) i get as soon as i p. Its like all the stuff I have taken was working but isn't anymore. Is there any other full proof remedy to get rid of this UTI?
    I've heard of the UTI Report does anyone know whats that about cause i'm not paying to read a report lol.

    I've noticed some blood in my urine at first thats all it was but after the cystex it was gone now i'm starting to notice some blood when i p not much though.

    this is my 2nd UTI. the last one i had was when i was pregnant so there was nothing to prevent that. i kno all the causes of a uti so no answers about that lol. unless being to clean can get ya one cause i bathe like nobody's business!!! (ocd). i have a UTI now because I hold my p forever and for no reason. i p like twice a day, stupid i know and i learned my lesson.

    • ANSWER:
      The best natural cure is Cranberries get organic juice or pill form whatever it is have those in your house. The makes you better by preventing bateria from sticking in your organs read more about it but that what does the trick and a doctor would tell you the same.

  5. QUESTION:
    Urinary tract infection help?
    Please, I'm desperate. I went to the urologist with a UTI and he prescribed an antibiotic and all the symptoms went away. Now they're back and I've been looking up cures because prevention at this point is not possible because the infection is back worse than ever. I read somewhere that there's a book that has the cure, its called "UTI Remedy Report" and reviews say that there are three items that you can buy at a grocery store that will heal it within 12 hours. If anybody knows them please let me know. I don' need any tips to PREVENT but to CURE please.... This is driving me insane..... The pain is so excruiating, I can't take it anymore, I've gone from doctor to doctor and I seem to be immune to all the medications. I really want to try this home remedy but it does not tell me anywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      I have not read the "UTI Remedy Report" and from what I found on the internet I would be a bit skeptical. The reviews that your are referring to appear to be advertisements for the "Report".

      You probably already know about drinking Cranberry juice. I would also recommend blueberry juice. I also read that you can take potassium citrate or sodium citrate (the sour stuff that is often used as a laxative).

      I would caution you to take care. UTI's in older adults can cause symptoms similar to dementia. My mother who is in her 70's had a bad case of repeated UTI's that caused her to hallucinate.

      Homeopathic treatments have their place in medicine but cannot but completely trusted to work instead of medicine. I think the best thing is for you to see your doctor to make sure there isn't an underlying cause for the chronic nature of your problem.


Uric Acid Test Kit

Written By: admin - Jul• 18•12

Picking Out A Good Colon Cleanse Using the aMRCW T.I.P.P.S.Sa Formula

Most people do not use any objective criteria to pick a good colon cleanse product. Consumer choices are usually based on subjective factors like pictures or testimonials. Many people do not know what to look for in a cleanse. The MRCW TIPPSS Formula can help.

The MRCW TIPPSS Formula is an acronym used to remember the 10 factors that can be found in a good colon cleanse. Victoria G. Kerr, the cleansing coach who coined the acronym, has been using this formula with her clients for years to help them remember what factors to look for when choosing their cleanse. Each letter in the acronym stands for a factor; and cleanses get one point for each factor that it includes, resulting in score out of ten that the consumer can use to evaluate their cleanse options.

1) The M in the formula stands for Mucoid Plaque. A few colon cleanse products on the market, such as the DrNatura Colonix cleanse, claim to help customers get rid of their mucoid plaque except that there is no such thing as mucoid plaque (as any gastroenterologist or coroner will tell you). It is the ingredients these companies put into their cleanse product that cause the feces to come out in a particularly unappealing form. Therefore one point is given to any cleanse that does not use mucoid plaque as a selling feature of their product.

2) R- Replenishment. When we cleanse our systems, we get rid of impurities and unfortunately, essential vitamins, minerals and probiotics as well. A good colon cleansing product will come with or offer vitamins, minerals and probiotics as a part of their product line to offer supplemental support after a cleanse.

3) C stands for Candida. Candida Albicans is a fungus that naturally exists as yeast in our bodies. An overgrowth of candida (too much yeast in the body) can cause many ailments because these fungi emit over 70 different types of toxins into our systems. A good colon cleanse will get rid of Candida and bring yeast levels back down to healthy number. A cleanse gets one point if it eliminates candida.

4) W-Whole System Cleanse. Because toxins can be found in all parts of the body, it makes sense to do a whole body system cleanse. A good colon cleanse not only targets thecolon, but all of the other detoxification systems as well including the liver, kidneys, blood and lymphatic system. One point for a whole body system cleanse.

5) T stands for Training. Since the FDA does not evaluate colon cleanses, there are no manufacturing standards required, so technically, anyone with or without qualifications can make and sell a cleanse. It's best then if consumers purchase cleanses only from companies with a chemist, doctor or naturopath as the formulator. This wayone can assume that there is some first hand scientific knowledge going into the cleanse production.

6) I is for the Ingredients that are found in a cleanse. Putting chemicals into a body that one is trying to detoxify seems counter intuitive. Although these chemical ingredients will strip the toxins out of the body, they will also leave trace amounts of their residue behind. A cleanse gets 1 point if it uses all natural ingredients. (The exception being pysllium husk or Bentonite which have been associated with adverse allergic reactions and digestive complications)

7) P - The first aPa stands for Parasites. Experts estimate that 85% of North Americans have some type of parasite within their systems, be it pin worm, round worm, hook worm etc. These parasites like the candida, excrete toxic substances into our systems, and also steal our essential vitamins and nutrients. A colon cleanse gets another point if it has a parasite eliminating component to it.

8) P stands for Price. A good cleanse will be in the range of $150 - $400. If a cleanse costs less than $125, one might want to consider the quality of ingredients or the efficacy of ingredients contained within.

9) S. stands for Simple. Cleansing can be a challenging experience, especially if it is someone's first time. Some people have gotten confused as to what to do and when to do it. A really good cleanse will have clear, concise and easy to understand directions to follow. Diagrams and pictures are also great as well. One point for simplicity.

10) The final S stands for Support. It is very helpful if a cleanse company offers someone live to speak to duringa person's cleanse and cleansing experience at all phases, meaning before, during and after their cleanse.

If consumers can remember the 10 letters of the MRCW TIPPSS formula by remember little sayings like aaMR. Cleanse Well's Tipsa or aMy Right Way to Cleanse Tipsa (using the first letter of each word followed by the word tips), it will go a long way in helping people to choose the best cleanse possible.


Uric Acid Treatment

Written By: admin - Jul• 18•12

Treatment for high uric acid doesn't have to depend on drugs; there are natural solutions out there. But whichever you choose, high uric acid needs treatment because they can lead to some serious complications. Here, you'll get an overview of the 2 options; mainstream and natural.

High uric acid levels in the blood can lead to agonizing gout. This is why, as a gout sufferer, you need to lower these levels. You can treat high uric acid by drug-based medications or by totally natural means. The choice is yours; but always consult your doctor.

It is worth going over the causes of high acid levels in order to better understand the treatment options and which option could be the best for you.

Uric acid is the result of a chemical process in your body where chemical compounds called "purines" breakdown as they help to produce your protein and energy needs. When they breakdown they produce uric acid. Your kidneys then process and expel excess acid through the urine, leaving sufficient levels in your blood to act as beneficial antioxidants.

But should there be too much uric acid being produced, or, your kidneys can't process the normal acid levels being produced, then the result is too much uric acid circulating in your blood. This excess then collects in and around you joints in the form of very sharp microscopic crystals that cause your gout.

Now, apart from being very painful indeed, frequently recurring gout can lead to damaged kidneys and permanently damaged joints which you obviously need to avoid at all costs. Plus, once having had even one gout attack, you are very, very likely to suffer more. So you can see the reason why high uric acid treatment is essential.

Not only that, because of the potential damage the recurring attacks can cause, you need both to eliminate the symptoms of a gout attack, and, prevent future attacks; this should be your clear objective.

Your doctor will generally prescribe things like anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers, and, drugs to help lower these high uric acid levels in your blood. Now, these work quite well, in terms of eliminating the symptoms and reducing your acid levels over a period of time.

But, they all work insofar as you actually take them. Once you are off these drugs, your uric acid levels will rise again, because the drugs haven't really addressed the root cause of your problem which is the acid being produced by your purines. And, purines also exist in food and drink so that your diet is a crucial factor in your recovery.

And these drugs have terrible side effects such as, headaches, diarrhea, stomach pains, bleeding and stomach ulcers. This, plus the fact they only address the symptoms, plus the ongoing costs of the drugs, is driving more and more gout sufferers to use home-based natural treatments for their condition.

These are things like the use of herbs, natural supplements, certain vegetables, fruits, natural kidney cleanses, natural detoxing, even dietary and lifestyle changes which are very important. Now there are tons of natural treatments out there, and tons of information for you to sift through to get to the treatment that's correct for your particular circumstances, because everyone's different. What works for one person might not work for another, and so on.

You're in luck though. You don't have to do all the work; it has been done for you. There's a uric acid gout report available online that thousands of ex-gout victims worldwide have successfully used to prevent their gout returning. It also contains a special 2 hour gout pain relief program.

And it uses fully-researched, totally natural methods. So that you benefit two ways: (1) you get rid of your excruciating pain very fast, and, (2) you prevent your gout returning, so that you reduce the risk of permanent damage.

If you want to get gout pain relief in 2 hours, plus, prevent your gout returning in the future, then go to http://gout-relief-today.blogspot.com and discover how you can quickly do both without expensive drugs with their horrible side effects. Just click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Homely Treatment of uric acid?
    Is there any homely treatment for to decrese uric acid (Gout)

    • ANSWER:
      homely means ugly

      a home remedy for gout is to take ibuproffen or another non-steroidal anti-inflamatory, apply ice, and drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the Treatment for High Uric Acid? And Pain in Knees?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    what is the best non-medicinal treatment for high uric acid that results in gout attacks?

    • ANSWER:
      My mother was having a serious problem with her gout. I did a little research and found a product called "Gout Cure All Natural Gout Relief." I ordered some for her and she has only had one minor recurrence since (over six months now). Check out the website: www.goutcure.com.

      Good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    any herbal treatment for high uric acid?
    can i take lentils, grams, chicken and fish

    • ANSWER:
      Most effective homeopathic remedies are available for treating high uric acid.

      Yes you can take chicken, fish and lentils but I am not too sure about grams. Do you mean chick-peas and other similar seeds? well! some grams can cause high uric acid e.g. daal maash and daal channa.

      Homeopathic remedies for gout (gout is caused by high uric acid)

      ** Urtica Urens (head remedy): Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water.

      ** Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly.

      Colchicum: Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion.

      ** Main remedy for gout of great toe and to relieve gouty pain

      Ledum Pal.: Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal. 200, 4 hourly.

      ** Chamomilla: Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses).

      Aconite Napellus: Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Napellus 200, 2 hourly.

      Bryonia Alba: Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly.

      Natrum Sulph.: Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gouty pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph. 30X or 200, 4 hourly.

      Guaiacum: Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly.

      Acid Benzoic: Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly.

      Lycopodium: When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly.

      Berberis Vulgaris; Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops.

      Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms.

      Dosage:

      I suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

      If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.

  5. QUESTION:
    i suffering from uric acid how can i Relief ?
    i m 43  years man  & suffering from uric acid increases up to  10.9 after treatment i relief for a short time but not permanent relief  and increases again although i not eat any pro-tine ,do long walk 3to4 miles daily pl help.

    • ANSWER:
      You're not drinking enough water, which is probably the biggest part of your problem. Drink between 8 and 10 10-oz glasses of water per day whether you like it or not. This washes away uric acid. Also, quit eating rich foods, and if you're overweight, slim down. Do these things before you do the medication thing, and you will find that medication is not necessary.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment for excess uric acids in alternative medicine therapies?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the above. Also try not to eat much red meat or seafood. Apparently dairy products are good for gout (if that is indeed what you have).

  7. QUESTION:
    Urine pH 5 and uric acid stones?
    I recently noticed that my urine pH is 5 - 5.5 (acidic) during the a 24h period and I started passing out URIC acid stones, small enough not to have major pain.

    I do not have diabetes or urinary infection. Any idea about the cause and treatment? Medical Links on Uric Acid stones will be helpful.

    I am going to see a doctor in 3 days, but I would like to have an idea of what is going on. Thank you.
    Blood work scheduled for Tuesday. I dont know any serum figures yet. I do not have gout.

    Stones disappeared last 2 days as I follow a vegetarian diet and drink lots of water. But urine pH is around 5. Never more.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't worry too much about the acidic pH of your urine, it's not an indicator of an infection, just that your urine is slightly acidic.

      I guess I am more interested in knowing how you knew that the stones you passed were uric acid stones. Kidney stones are made up of calcium normally. Were the stones tested?

      The reason for my concern about the uric acid levels are because high uric acid levels may cause no symptoms, but can lead to heart disease.

      If your blood uric acid levels are elevated the doctor may choose to put you on a medication called allopurinol.

      Check out the sites below.

  8. QUESTION:
    What diet to consume to reduce Uric Acid In Urine.My Level is 7.5 mg/litre(Normal range is 3.5 -7.0 mg/ltr?
    I want the treatment by altering my food habits only.

    • ANSWER:
      What to do for high Uricacid formation?
      When purine is broken down in the body, uric acid (a waste product) is produced. When there's too much uric acid in the blood, the condition is known as hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia can have many causes and may develop when there's an increased production of uric acid in the body or a reduction in the amount of uric acid excreted from the body. Food containing purines may also play a role.
      Hyperuricemia may lead to gout (a disorder that causes sudden, recurring attacks of painful arthritis). Hyperuricemia may also contribute to other medical conditions, such as the formation of uric acid kidney stones.

      Dietary changes
      Although medication is the major treatment for gout, a purine-restricted diet may help you decrease the uric acid salts in your blood by up to 15 percent. A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet (50 to 55 percent of calories and 30 percent of calories, respectively) will also help your body get rid of uric acid. If your doctor recommends dietary restrictions, avoid foods containing 150 milligrams or more of purines per 100-gram (roughly 3 ounce) serving. Eat no more than 3 ounces of lean meat per meal. You may need to drink 2 to 3 quarts of liquids every day, but keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. Or, your doctor may advise you to avoid alcohol completely. It's often helpful to wait a few hours after a big meal before going to sleep. Finally, maintain a healthy weight proportional to your size. If you're overweight, keep in mind that it's best to lose weight gradually. Avoid fasting or extremely low-calorie diets.

  9. QUESTION:
    My age is 52 year old & my uric acid level has increased to 7.31 & glucose (F) percentage is 113.4.?
    Sir,as I am a office officer so I have to be active all the time.Please suggest me that which specialist doctor I should do my treatment & what will be my precautions to decrease my uric acid level.It will be your kindness if you reply me as soon as possible.
    Supriyo Mukherjee
    Kolkata

    • ANSWER:
      Do yoga and pranayama.

  10. QUESTION:
    Uric acid pains, home remedies and medical treatments/cures?
    I am suffering from pain and inflammations around my ankles, back tendon muscle of the heels and in my toe sole under my fingers for almost over two years.My uric acid level has been ranging between 5 to 8 . I have acute pains even when it is in the 4 to 5 range. Could some one help me with ones personal experience and professional approach if one happens to be a specialist.I am 53 and have spent my 32 years of youth in very active military life. I have never ever indulged in smoking and drinking.My prayers for every one

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    uric acid reading is 7.1?
    my uric acid reading is 7.1 is it high ? what are the parameters (reading) and the treatment
    Thanks
    paps

    • ANSWER:
      Ideally your uric acid level should be less than 6.8.

      Non-Pharmacologic Therapy
       Control weight
       Limit red meat
       Omega 3 FA vs. fish
       Avoid high fructose corn syrup
       1-2 servings of dairy or Ca++ daily
       Nuts and vegetables daily
       Supplement with vit C

      You should talk to your doctor about Pharmacologic therapy as well.

  12. QUESTION:
    i am diabetics patient suffering from high uric acid and high S-tridecyl......i m using zyloric and rose day?
    i am diabetics patient suffering from high uric acid and high S-tridecyl......i m using zyloric and rose day medicine.....suggest me medicine and treatment........is there any single medicine for both??

    • ANSWER:
      I take Actos 30mg once aday & Glyburide 10mg twice a day goodluck & May Godbless you

  13. QUESTION:
    suffering from uric acid?
    i am male aged 45 years old. I am suffering from uric acid since last six months and its present level is 7.9. Iam suffering from left knee pain and abnormal sound comes from my joints. So pl. suggsest medical treatment.
    Thanks.
    Surinder Kumar

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    How to reduce uric acid?
    i am 43 years old man and i have uric acid problem which normally cross 10.5 since 4 years .
    As a treatment i intake Mahayograj googal tabelet and sat glow 5mg twice a day for two months.I got some relief .Then i drank near about 50mg of alovera for about 2 months daily and twice a day.
    But the problem arose .My uric acid increases. Then i again started taking mahajograj googal and
    sat glow. But i got no relief .Now i am taking Two capsule of G AMRITA of SHREE DHANWANTRI HERBALS from 10 days.I got some relief. I also take kulthi pulse SInce 3 months. So please Suggest me ways to reduce my uric acid .

    • ANSWER:
      one way to reduce uric acid in ur body is to have a diet with little or no meat. Foods containing mostly compounds that the body metabolize into uric acid are beef, pork, seaweeds. Poultry and white meat can also be eaten in small amounts but never eat red meats.

  15. QUESTION:
    how to reduce uric acid?
    I am 43 years old man and i have uric acid problem which normally cross 10.5 since 4 years .
    As a treatment i intake Mahayograj googal tabelet and sat glow 5mg twice a day for two months.I got some relief .Then i drank near about 50mg of alovera for about 2 months daily and twice a day.
    But the problem arose .My uric acid increases. Then i again started taking mahajograj googal and
    sat glow. But i got no relief .Now i am taking Two capsule of G AMRITA of SHREE DHANWANTRI HERBALS from 10 days.I got some relief. I also take kulthi pulse SInce 3 months. So please Suggest me ways to reduce my uric acid .

    • ANSWER:
      Colchicine

  16. QUESTION:
    I am suffering due to joint pain, checked most of the blood tests and found all -ve, but Uric Acid is high?
    But in six month time, only once it showed above the max level. My joint pain is not consistent too. For. e.g. two days I will have pain on my right knee and next two days it will migrate to left knee and so on. Please advice what disease it is and an Ayurveda treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      yoga and healthy life style is only solution, enjoy the life without medic in

  17. QUESTION:
    My Uric Acid is on the higher side and have taken zyloric. Is there any side effect for taking long time.?
    I have got checked and found my Uric Acid is at 6.5. My age is 64 years. I have taken zyloric for two months and now stopped. If I take more will it give any side-effect. Besides this I am also taking Homoe. medicinem Ledum Palustre 30, two drops in water early in the morning. Will it help. Besides this my prostrate gland is also little enlarged and I am taking Dutage, Lycoprost SP after breakfast and Contiflo OD 0.4mg in the night. This medicine is also being taken by me for the last two months. I also have kidney stone 4 mm and 5 mm. Besides this I am also taking Homoe medicineBerb. Vul. Q-10 drops in the morning and 10 drops in the evening, One tablet Calc. Renalis 3X - one in the morning, one afternoon and one night. Will this treatment help me. How long should I take these medicine. Any side effect of these medicines. Recently I noticed that semen (ejaculation) does not come outside, but remains inside though other functions are normal. Is it the effect of the medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      There are very good effective remedy in ayurveda. For uric acid, take Rasna Ghana 1-0-1 for six months. for kidney stones, take Stonvil capsules 1-0-1 for six months. It would be better if you consult an ayurveda doctor. Where are you located?

  18. QUESTION:
    I was shocked whenever I received my Uric Acid report as 8.6 mg/dl and glucos-fasting 115.?
    Also having Total cholestrol 248 and ldl-cholestrol 175. I need to get better natural treatment instead of using tables. Your kind advice appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for the treatment and prevention of "GOUT"?
    I have just been diagnosed with gout and would like to know of some good natural remedies. I know that drinking 12 glasses of water to continue flushing the system is supposed to help along with some dietary changes. What about Total Cleanse- Uric Acid or other products? Are there any independent research organizations, not sponsored by product producers/sellers that have good data?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way really is to eat a completely alkaline diet,I have being eating it for a year now ,I had very high levels of uric acid in my blood which are now normal.
      As a consequence of this I have lost 4 stone without even trying ,good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    as per my bloodreport my s/uric acid is 7.6 what should i do to control this as it shoud not be more than 7?
    i have been operated for stone in urethraw one year before now i am facing unirary problems what will bethe best treatment for this type of problem

    • ANSWER:
      Juice cellery with apples and drink it regularly. Cellery brings the ph of the body to where it should be. If you are real good you can drink it alone, but adding an apple to the drink mix will make it taste much better..Get well....KECK

  21. QUESTION:
    treatment of hiuricacid level in human body,and it's prevention?
    to know about high uric acid level in human body and treatment of it also how to control uric acid level in human body?

    • ANSWER:
      Having high uric acid is not a medical condition. It is a symptom of a medical condition. You need to treat the cause and the symptoms will take care of themselves.

  22. QUESTION:
    can cancer cells die without treatment &can i know if i (had) cancer ?
    can cancer cells die without treatment &can i know if i (had) cancer and gone or something ?

    i'm asking this question because i got a high uric acid level
    it was acute i didnt feel any symptom (joint pain or sometthing)
    i went for lipid profile and some friend told me to go for uric acid check.... plzz answer :)
    i think that i had cancer cuz i know that when cancer cells die , this will lead to rapid increase in uric acid level
    and ppl on chemotherapy take medication for the increase in uric acid

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, you can get high uric acid levels when any kind of cells die...

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about a product called Uricinex which is?
    advertised as a natural treatment for high uric acid and gout?

    • ANSWER:
      What do you specifcially want to know about it. You've already answered your own question so far.

  24. QUESTION:
    what can i do about kidney stones?
    hey i have kidney stones. the doctor thinks they are made up of uric acid. I was wondering if there is any alternative treatment to uric acid stones because these ones are too large to pass. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic treatment for Kidney Stones :-
      1. SILICEA 6X
      2. KALI PHOS 6X
      3. MAG PHOS 6X
      4. CAL FLOUR 6X
      Four tablets each of the above Cell Salts together with BERBERIS VULGARIS "Q" (Mother Tincture) 20 drops in a half a cup of hot water thrice a day half hour before or after meals will dissolve and cure Kidney Stones. Keep me posted about your progress after taking them for a week.
      Take care and God Bless you !

  25. QUESTION:
    My brother is taking anti-tuberclosis(bones) treatment for the last 2.5months but still joint pain,fever 102 C?
    ,high ESR ,High Uric acid,tested negative for Aritritis.Pl help.

    • ANSWER:
      well i am not a doctor.i dont knw which city you reside n wt r the health facilities there but if u dnt find treatmrnt satisfactory there .i can share something about the chest hospitals of delhi.there are three good chest institutes in delhi
      1]patel chest hospital,university of delhi north campus
      2]TB HOSPITAL CAMP NEAR DELHI UNIVERSITY
      3]LRS INSTITUTE FOR TUBERCULOSIS. mehrauli
      THE ABV 3 INSTITUTES R VERY CHEAP.but the first onne doesnt admit but treat tb patients but the latter 2 treat as a well as admit tb patients .
      so i would suggest that do take suggestion frm patel chest once.
      all the best

  26. QUESTION:
    would u please let me know that u have complete treatment of all kind of Athritis?
    i am 32 y from bihar and suffiring from athritis my uric acid lebel ia 11.2 and getting more pain in all joint if u have full treatment of my problem then pl tell me how to get ur treatment and being in bihar i want to get ur medicene so pl tell me process to get my med by curiour

    • ANSWER:
      Since they took my Vioxx away I only have one word of advice...Celebrex!

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it usual to suffer from swollen limbs during an arthritis attack?
    About a week back, my left feet became swollen and turned red. the pain was so excruciating, I couldn't set my foot on the floor. First it was diagnosed as gout but my uric acid level is well within the normal range. So the doctors decided it was arthritis and suggested treatment for it. Now my feet don't hurt that much but it still gets swollen when I walk around. It that normal for arthritis? Could it be an injury from stressed ligaments?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like arthritis and if I were you, I would go to a dr who specializes in this condition to get the proper treatment for it. I have worked in health care for many years, and have never heard of using support stockings for arthritis. I would ask your dr before using them, as they can decrease your circulation. Try methods like soaking your feet in very warm water, use moist heat packs, and try keeping your feet elevated when you can.

  28. QUESTION:
    Medical internists:Help! I am caught in the middle of two different treatment philosophies for the Gout?
    I am an American, retired and living in Italy. 73 years old. Generally good health. I have, however,since age 30, unless I carefully watch my diet and drink a lot of water, suffered from the occasional acute attack of gout; with accompanying swelling, pain and tenderness in toe, ankle or rarely, knee. These bouts would occur once a year, maybe, every 2 years.
    Before I left the 'States, my medications for gout were: for prophylactic use: 1 small Colchicine pill daily. (My doctors and I had tried Zyloprim or Allopurinol, but I never had very effective results with either....conversely, Colchicine..again in combo with lots of water was a magical preventative); more often than not I could even eat the forbidden fruits....while my uric acid did go up when I did, I would rarely get an acute attack of gout. On the occasion when I did, my Doctors would have me stop, altogether, using the colchine. For treatment of inflammation, Indocin worked well for me.
    When the acute attack was finished and my system had returned to normal, only then would I resume the use of the colchicine.
    Since I have retired to Italy, however, 2 main differences in my gout treatment are present.

    First: Zyloprim, 150 mgs daily, is now taken in conjunction with Colchicine.
    Second: In the event of an acute attact, Zyloprim and Colchicine are CONTINUED while I still use Indocin as an anti-inflammatory.

    Of course my age has changed, but it seems to me that it takes a longer time for the inflammation
    to subside, using the Italian system of continuing Zyloprim and Colchicine during the acute phase.

    (I have, in my halting manner, using my technically limited Italian, tried discussing the different treatment philosophies with the Doctors....either the world-wide treatment has changed or my Italian Doctors are of the mind that I am better off doing things their way.
    I haven't had a chance to discuss this aspect of Italian medicine when I return for visits to the States,
    but are we dealing with a major difference in treatment philosophy here or is it nothing to get excited about.
    Appreciate any guidance and advice you might have for me-
    Thanks in Advance!!

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    latest treatment technology available for the kidney dieases?
    kidney is not functioning well.GFR=48,S.cre=2.2,Uric acid=5.6

    • ANSWER:
      if the kidney fails or is already in failure,then there is no way for you except kidney transplant.we have operated on 132 kidney transplant patients from across the globe with 119 being totally successful.thankyou

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it bad if your kidney bleeds everyday for over a year?
    I have small kidney stones in my right kidney and for over the past year every time ive urinated there have been miscroscopic amounts of blood in it. My kidney is in pain quite often as well. I'd like to know if this can cause kidney cancer? My kidney stones are made up of uric acid and there is no hope of treatment for them. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it is.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for elevated levels of SGOT,SGPT?
    iam 32Yrs Old , my SGOT and SGPT level is ver high . ia regularly having alcohol. here below iam giving my blod test report. what medicin i have to take . is it help full if i having Live 52 Ds every Day ?

    SERUM CHOLESTEROL : 224 mgs % ( Reference range : < 200 )

    TRIGLYCERIDES : 160 mgs % ( < 150 )
    HDL CHOLESTEROL : 52 mgs % ( > 40 )
    LDL CHOLESTEROL : 140 mgs % ( < 100 )
    VLDL : 32 mgs %
    FASTING BLOOD SUGAR : 127 mgs % ( 80 - 120 )
    SERUM URIC ACID : 6.6 mgs % ( 2.4 - 7.0 )
    BLOOD UREA : 30 mgs % ( 10 - 50 )
    SERUM CREATININE : 0.9 mgs % ( 0.8 - 1.4 )

    LIVER FUNCTION TEST

    SERUM BILIRUBIN : 0.6 mgs % ( < 1.0 )
    TOTAL PROTIEN : 7.7 gms % ( 4.6 - 7.0 )
    ALBUMIN : 4.8 gms ( 4.0 - 5.0 )
    GLOBULIN : 2.9 gms %
    SGOT : 142 IU ( 16 - 35 )
    SGPT : 208 IU ( 10 - 45 )
    ALK.PHOSPHATASE : 101 IU ( 35 - 129 )

    • ANSWER:
      Elevated SGOT and SGPT are non specific findings and we need to search for the cause, that should be treated. It is not alarming though.
      Take care of the cholesterol and also blood sugar.
      All the best!

  32. QUESTION:
    I am very sick and I don't have good reason to live?
    I have diabetes ,rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, high blood pressure, high cholesterol , my liver is not working properly, and i have uric acid.
    i feel very bad ... i have no good reason to make me wanna live or go over the treatment and the horrible medication
    i am 19 years old

    • ANSWER:
      Live your life as an example to others.
      Keep on going!

      Each and every illness you have can be treated. It sucks that you've got them ALL at once, but you must, MUST look at them as battles to be won in one big war.

      Treat your body as a temple. Weather or not you have a faith in something, or a religion, you need to take a more "spiritual" path alongside the medical one. The docs know what they are doing, and can tackle all this rubbish going on inside you. But you also need to take all the steps you can too.
      Really look at your diet. How can you help the doctors by putting all the right food in your body? What foods have healing properties?

      How about pain managment? I get migranes, really bad ones, and tackle them with herbal remedys, temple massage, and a healthy sleep pattern.

      Have you gone down the acupuncture route? Even Reiki is a great healer of pain.

      Yeah, I sound all "New age" don't I?
      Well, I am! It works for me, it can work for you.
      That's why you posted here. You want some help or you really would have given up!

      Get yourself on the internet again. Find support. Find more crazy new-agers with odd therapies.

      Heck, you could even find some cause or another to get SO angry about that you decide the world would be a better place if you stayed alive and single handedly fixed it!
      From the comfort of your bed, of course.

      Amnesty International always need help. You can help them by sitting in your bed and writing letters to people in prison for non-crimes like criticizing their government. They need to know people are routing to get them out!

  33. QUESTION:
    I need a remedy for REALLY bad gout?
    I have had gout for over 20 years. It comes from an excess of uric acid. My body is a over producer and also doesnt get rid of it effeiciently. I have been on all the regular treatments...allopurinol...probenecid....etc..etc..but nothing seems to work. Honestly I would'nt wish this disease on my worst enemy. So, does anyone know of other treatments that may work. I have heard that dark cherries are good to eat for gout, but is there anything else out there? There is a new medicine, FEBUXOSTAT, but the FDA hasnt approved of it yet. Any other ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some very helpful ideas for you.....
      # The goal of diet for those with gout is to reduce the production of uric acid to normal levels. Cherries, and all rich colored berries, such as blueberries, are recommended. Consume half a pound of fresh or unsweetened frozen cherries per day for a period of three to six weeks as a healing protocol.
      # Organic cherry juice is especially good for gout, as are many of the new "magic juices" such as Goji, Acai and Noni juice, puree or powder. Pomegranate fruit extracts have been shown to be effective as well.
      # Eliminate alcohol consumption, which both increases uric acid production and reduces uric acid excretion in the kidneys. Gout sufferers should also maintain a low-purine diet, which completely omits organ meats, shellfish, yeast (brewer's and baker's), herring, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies.
      # Intake of dried legumes, spinach, asparagus, fish, poultry, and mushrooms, should also be curtailed. Refined carbohydrates and saturated fats are best kept to a minimum.
      # Drink plenty of pure water, because it keeps urine diluted and promotes the excretion of uric acid.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you dissolve kidney stones (at home)? If yes, how?
    I know that there are different types of kidney stones (calcium, uric acid, etc.) but if they are able to dissolved, can they be dissolved the same way or do you need different treatments for different stones?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually it can work but that depends on the size of the stone. But it is worth trying. I prefer you see this:
      http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/kidney_stones3.html#RF_41209

      Post your questions in:
      http://med50.blogspot.com/2010/04/patient-education-program.html

  35. QUESTION:
    Arthritis treatments available?
    I would like to know what treatments are given in place of the Gold Shots that were once used. Also, are there any injections that will desolve uric acid crystals from joints in a severe flare up of gout?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what sort of arthritis you have. If you have gout, these medications might be helpful...

      non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
      colchicine
      corticosteroids
      adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
      allopurinol
      probenecid
      sulfinpyrazone
      Uloric (febuxostat) - FDA-approved 2/13/2009
      Krystexxa (pegloticase) - FDA-approved 9/14/2010

      ....

  36. QUESTION:
    chronic kidney stone problems?
    for the past year ive had a few small kidney stones made up of uric acid in my kidneys and they cause pain quite frequently and there is always microscopic blood in my urine. like i think there is a stone permanently stuck in one of those tubes (whatever they are called) or in a bad place in a kidney. im really worried this will cause cancer eventually or something. ive had so many tests but tests and treatments arent good for uric acid stones. any advice please? will this cause cancer? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I hope that you are seeing a urologist! If you have a painful stone stuck your doc might try an ultra sound method to break down the stone.

      Those kidney stones are one of the most painful things on the plante to experience. Both myself and my boys have had them. One thing we have in common is not drinking water or enough water. My oldest son has water with him all of the time he never wants another kidney stone in his life.

      Try drinking purified water. Purified is important. You might have well water where you live that contributes to your stones.
      Don't just buy any bottle water. Some are straight out of a pipe or a tap somewhere not so desirable. Make sure it is purified.

      I have never heard of stones causing cancer. Too many stones can really compermise the health and effectivness of your urinary system.

      http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/kidneystones/KS_prevention.html check out this site. It will give you information. Important to learn how to eat to prevent the buildup of the stones. And bottom line.........water water water water.

  37. QUESTION:
    I'm not getting any better after 10 days of antibiotics, what could be wrong?
    A couple weeks ago, I developed a sickly feeling, the kind where you feel like your body is on the verge of getting sick. Achy, weak, some chills. I went to the doctor last week and he prescribed me antibiotics and said it could be the flu. But I'm not so sure since I don't have some of the symptoms. No sore throat or high fever.

    My symptoms are achy muscles and joints (specifically hips and upper back) and i feel a tightness and slight pain when I take deep breathes. I always feel hot, like I have a fever, but my temperature is always normal. I had a chest x-ray and blood work done and they both came back fine except for a high uric acid level.

    I finished the 10 day antibiotic treatment and now he wants to put me on another 10 day treatment with a stronger antibiotic.

    One last thing I'd like to add is I do have an infection in my upper right wisdom tooth that will be coming out soon. Even though it doesn't really hurt, the dentist said it was infected.

    Anyone have any idea?
    I forgot to mention, I also have a loss of appetite as a symptom as well.

    • ANSWER:
      fibromialgia ? muscle aches maybe low grade fever upper resp infection? you may have acid reflux too. you do need tooth out soon that does cause infection else where in body.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you dissolve kidney stones? If yes, how?
    I know that there are different types of kidney stones (calcium, uric acid, etc.) but if they are able to dissolved, can they be dissolved the same way or do you need different treatments for different stones?

    • ANSWER:
      I know you can break them using laser removal. But that's all I know

  39. QUESTION:
    planter fasciitis problem?
    I had a foot pain in summer but due to inaccurate treatment it got worse. Now,they have diog me with planter fasciitis in my left foot. Can some doc out there help me with some good exercises & is it true that some types of food inc foot pain(like green veg inc uric acid) which is bad for the foot?If I have to rest most of the time & I don't want to gain weight how much Kcal should I be takin a day?What is the best diet I mean?

    • ANSWER:
      the foot pain caused by food is more related to something else called gout. the plantar faciitis is a fallen arch and that is tearing of the tendon that holds the heel of the foot to the toes. i was diagnosed with it as well. as silly as it may sound i have felt better since i started wearing crocs. as far as strengthening exercises...get either a rolling pin or a glass soda bottle and put it on the floor in front of your bare feet. roll the thing backwards and forwards with your foot. another exercises my doc told me to do is to get a jar of marbles. dump it out in front of you onto the floor. use your toes to pick them up and refill the jar. one more thing is to tape up your foot while you sleep to keep it from pointing downwards. it keeps you from over stretching it in your sleep. its weird at first but it does make a lot of difference. best of luck! i know how you feel and it can be quite miserable. take some ibuprofen when it gets really bad.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is anybody else getting sick of seeing this scrolling on the side of yout Y!A screen?
    Gout may flare up when you start taking medicine (e.g., ULORIC, allopurinol, and probenecid) to lower your uric acid. This may be caused when crystals begin to dissolve in your joints as your uric acid level goes down. Your healthcare professional may tell you to take other medicines to help prevent or manage flares during initial treatment. If your healthcare professional gives you medicine to lower your uric acid, you should keep taking it, even between attacks.

    To determine the right gout treatment plan for you, talk with your healthcare professional.

    • ANSWER:
      Mine is the Rue la la, haven't seen the one you are describing, yet

  41. QUESTION:
    Daily menu?
    My mother who is 67 year old with weight 90kg, taking treatment for hypertension, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis knee, constipation and increased uric acid. She was advised to reduce weight. Kindly suggest a daily menu for her.
    Following is the food she is taking regularly. Kindly adjust or decrease or cut out this and suggest a menu so that she could reduce her weight.
    Morning

    4.30A.M—1 tsp honey +1glass water
    6.00 --100ml tea with1/2 tsp sugar & 1 appam(100gm)(+tab eltroxin 11/2 tab+ atorva 10mg+polybion tab+Aten50mg1tab)
    9.00 --3 appam/ dosai+100ml skimmed milk+1tsp boost
    11.00 ----100ml Oats+4-5 piece cashew nuts

    Afternoon
    1.30 1cup rice(200)gm+tapioca or cooked jack fruit(100gm)+aviyal+fish currywith 2pieces of fish+100ml water
    4.00PM—Tea+1glucose biscuit
    6.oo ---1 orange+ 2 palayan thodan plantain+ 100ml water

    Night
    8.30 -----1/2 cup rice +vegetable aviyal etc 100gm +100ml water
    10.00p.m--2 palayan thodan plantain+ 100ml water

    • ANSWER:
      Namskaram Surya,

      From the menu i understand u are a malayali
      are u in kerala

      who recommended this diet, how long is she taking this diet

      any way i will correct some mistakes in the diet - which are major mistakes according to ayurveda diet.

      correction is only in accordence to this diet u gave
      dont mix honey with hot water -hope u are not using hot water in the first combination

      Cashew is good but i have noticed that it shoots up blood pressure - same is with - ground nut ( so enquire why it is added in the diet chart before cutting it from )

      dont mix acidic fruits like orange, citrus fruits lemon, and all with sweet fruits like bannana, nuts and all - there are virudahara -
      when eating a fruit eat it alone dont combine as far as possible

      Have u tired homoeopathy or ayurveda

      as she had osteoarthritis - u can use ragi in her diet - ragi is a good millet rich in calcium and absorbed easily and in more percentage than tablets or other supplements even than milk - u can powder it and use in many forms.

      u can add 2 - 3 spoons of soyabean if u make dough of iddli or dosha and all ( hope u do make)

      if u have any thing more to clear do mail

      Nandana

  42. QUESTION:
    Please help me in biology. Thank?
    24. Kidneys maintain the electrolyte balance in the body. The term electrolyte refers to:
    A. carbonate-bicarbonate
    B. urea-uric acid
    C. acid-base
    D. water-salt

    25. Which of the following are possible treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia?
    A. transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
    B. applying microwaves
    C. surgical removal
    D. drug treatment
    E. All of the choices are correct.

    26. The bone tissue that contains many large spaces filled with red marrow is called:
    A. compact bone
    B. medullary bone
    C. hard bone
    D. spongy bone

    27. Where would you expect to find elastic cartilage?
    A. nose
    B. external ear
    C. fingertips
    D. wrist

    28. The expanded region at the end of a long bone is known as the:
    A. lacuna
    B. diaphysis
    C. osteon
    D. epiphysis
    E. medulla

    29. Spongy bone is primarily located:
    A. in the medulla of the long bone
    B. in the diaphysis of the long bone
    C. in the epiphysis of the long bone
    D. only in flat bones
    E. only in long bones

    • ANSWER:
      24. Kidneys maintain the electrolyte balance in the body. The term electrolyte refers to:
      C. acid-base
      "Electrolyte solutions are normally formed when a salt is placed into a solvent such as water and the individual components dissociate due to the thermodynamic interactions between solvent and solute molecules, in a process called solvation."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolyte

      25. Which of the following are possible treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia?
      E. All of the choices are correct.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benign_prostatic_hyperplasia

      26. The bone tissue that contains many large spaces filled with red marrow is called:
      D. spongy bone
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_marrow

      27. Where would you expect to find elastic cartilage?
      B. external ear
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elastic_cartilage

      28. The expanded region at the end of a long bone is known as the:
      D. epiphysis
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphysis

      29. Spongy bone is primarily located:
      C. in the epiphysis of the long bone
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphysis

  43. QUESTION:
    problem seems to be bone TB?
    The problem is with my mother. She is 48. For 6 or 7 months she is suffering from elbow joint pain. Various tests have been done and the result shows that her elbow joint spacing has decreased with bone swelling and a little raise in ESR. Hemoglobin content in blood is lowered.increased uric acid level. My grand mother has been suffering from pulmonary TB, for which treatment has been done during which my mother was with her to serve her (better to notify that my grand mother is well now). Now my mother is not able to fold her hands fully or straighten it fully and is having pain. The elbow joint area is swollen with pain and the skin above that area is warm. Her right two fingers are swollen compared to her middle finger.What may be the problem and how can it be cured.Please help..Thanks in advance...

    • ANSWER:
      It is very unusual to find bone TB without pre-existing active pulmonary TB. Bone TB is hard to diagnose... it requires invasive testing of bone in question. Much more common than elbow is spinal (vertebral) TB.

      Mom's symptoms and tests are still consistent with the most common arthritic types: osteoarthritis and (less likely) rheumatoid. These are common and your doctor has got to be very familiar with their work-up and diagnosis.

      -MDx30y

  44. QUESTION:
    Can lemonade and olive oil dissolve kidney stones?
    And I'm referring to the stones caused by uric acid. I knew that there are differnet kind of stones and some people find some remedy, depending on what kind of kidney stones so I asked. I know there is that shockwave treatment to break up the stones but I was wondering if those two products are known to work. Lemonade has a lot of citrit acid in it, right?
    actually yes it can, I just found this out and this does have testimonials.
    http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/kidney_stones.html

    By the way, I meant lemon juice, not lemonade. Sorry.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Uric acid stones are the only stones that can be dissolved. Lemonade is excellent for preventing stones, but I am honeslty not sure if it will desolve them. You can get a prescription from your doctor for "Potassium Citrate" and that will even out the acid in your urine and then dissolve the stones by making your urine basic, or "normal". The procedure you are speaking of is ESWL (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy). It breaks up the stone and turns it into gravel (smaller peices that are easier to pass). Hope this helps you out! Good luck and take care!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is Amlodipine goood medicine for hight blood pressure ?
    Is Amlodipine goood medicine for hight blood pressure ?
    is it a first line drug ? is it for long term treatment ? is it safe and less side effect from another medicine ? does it give for young age with high blood presssure ? has anyone take amlodpine ?

    i am 30 years old , i am taking amlidipine 5 mg and lisinopril 10 mg for 2 months blood pressure now 130/66
    I cant take water bell like HCTZ becouse i used to have gout 3 years ago and doctor prefer not to taking coz its raise uric acid

    • ANSWER:
      amlodipine is a relatively safe and effective antihypertensive drug ,

  46. QUESTION:
    My Rheumatologist confirmed that I am + Anti DNA Antibodies.. But he will not confirm it as Lup?
    Hi,
    I am 41 years old Asian Indian male. Here is the history on my medical health:
    In July 2008 first time I had felt severe knee pain and went to artho surgery doctor for diagnosis .He did X-ray and found no issues.
    Later after few months, I started getting severe pain in both my knee and finger joints and swelling .So I went to another doctor and he diagnosed that I have + ANA and recommended me to a Rheumatologist.
    My rheumatologist did more blood & Urine work and diagnosed me with Positive Anti DNA Antibodies and high on Uric Acid. So He put my on Plaquenil and Pain killer for one month .Its been 2 weeks and I had 2 times severe pain (Flares).

    My issue is, this pain mostly happens in the evenings & nights, may be once or twice week and makes me tired and painful. But after that - everything becomes normal, I don’t find any issues, till I get another flare.

    In my past I had Vitiligo (White patches), kind of Alopecia(Spot hair loss).I am worried those issues are related with this problem!!!!

    My questions are
    1) Am I in right treatment path or should I be taking any other medications.
    2) Also what tests should I ask the doctor to do further?
    3) Just Plaquenil would be enough to control this disease.
    4) What are all other problems or issues that I may face in the future.
    5)Will this decease can affect my kids(5yrs old boy & 2 yrs old girl) ,Should I get them checked too!!

    I am really worried and scared by reading all these news about SLE etc.
    Any advice with similar symptoms or prior patents on this issue is highly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You should get tested for Lyme disease. Knee pain, finger joint pain, and swelling are common symptoms of Lyme disease. Hair loss is also a possible symptom of Lyme. Many people who eventually find their problems are due to Lyme disease were previously misdiagnosed with Lupus.

      Most doctors use very inaccurate Lyme tests that give a lot of false negatives. And then, even if the patient tests positive for Lyme, most doctors will give a only a month of antibiotics. This is NOT proper treatment for Lyme disease.

      To get the proper testing and treatment for Lyme disease, you'll need to see a doctor who follows the ILADS guidelines. http://www.ilads.org

      Here are some resources for finding such a doctor.

      http://lymediseaseassociation.org/ (click on Doctor Referral)
      http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php (click on Seeking a Doctor).

  47. QUESTION:
    The causes of chronic, head to toe muscular pain?
    I have had chronic pain for 8-9 years (I'm 21 yrs. old). It started in my legs and then spread throughout my body until it was head to toe muscle pain, and joint pain. The joint pain was diagnosed as Gout (an acute form of arthritis in which uric acid builds up in the body and forms as chrystals on the joints). The joint pain has reduced alot after treatment. But I have yet to find out what the muscle pain is and get it treated. I thought a while back it was fibromyalgia, I need to ask my docter about that come to think of it. When I was in junior high I went to a physical therapist and they said I had very and unusally tight leg muscles...but that's all they could determine at that time.
    So does anyone know the list of the causes of chronic muscular pain? It is very debilitating and it hurts to do anything. The pain increases when I stand (can't for very long), walk, sit, even lie down.
    Thanks,
    Amy

    • ANSWER:
      Amy, I suffer from an autoimmune disorder that leaves me with bad muscular pain and I've found some relief from taking the supplements calcium and magnesium together. They act in the muscles to relax them. And increasing water intake helped - dehydration can cause muscle cramping. Something I just recently learned is that a magnesium deficiency has a direct connection to chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and now that I know that it made sense why the supplements worked when I tried them on my own. I was diagnosed with it about 10 years ago and the only treatment they offered me was steroids, which made me quite ill. I find life about as uncomfortable as you do and I've learned to tolerate a lot more over the years but it wears on you so make sure you take care of yourself. It's affected my moods and I'm a lot crankier and fussy than I was before - I also believe meditating helps a bit because it does reduce stress, so I suggest you look into that as well. I wish you the best.

  48. QUESTION:
    Water Fasting to lose weight? How much have you lost?
    I'm doing a water fast, I wanna do it for 10 days but I might do it for more - I wanna lose 20 pounds. For those of you that dont know, Water fasting refers to person abstaining from food and taking only water. It is a healthy form of fasting. It is a safe method of healing.
    So has anyone done it before? How much have you lost?

    Benefits of Water Fasting

    Cleanses circulatory, respiratory, urinary and digestive systems and destroys all impurities in the body. Deposits of uric acid are eliminated.
    One heals and gets detoxified more easily with water fasting. The digestive passageways as well as organs are able to rest completely, which allows the energy flowing to be used for cleansing and repairing of damaged tissues.
    It is effective in treating Diabetes type II
    Body balance is restored through elimination of wastes.
    Very good treatment for obesity.
    It is beneficial in epilepsy condition. It reduces the length, severity and number of seizures.
    It helps in improving poor immune functioning while fasting.
    It increases the cell mediated immunity as well as immunoglobulin levels.
    It increases one’s life-span.
    It provides relief to the digestive system.
    It is helpful in chronic cases of cardiovascular diseases as well as congestive heart failure, reduces tryglycerides, athermos, increased HDL levels and total cholesterol.
    It controls allergic reactions such as hay fever and asthma.
    Water fasting helps dries up the accumulation of abnormal fluids such as edema in the legs and ankles and swelling in the abdomen.
    High blood pressure is corrected within weeks without the usage of drugs.
    It restores your taste buds for wholesome food items.
    Helps in overcoming addictions and bad habits. It reduces cravings, caffeine, alcohol as well as other drugs.
    Makes you feel motivated to start something new and begin life fresh again.
    Water fasting helps one lose weight.
    It is helpful in treating osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
    It increases the deposits of new bone area that are affected by osteoporosis.
    Psychosomatic diseases also respond to water fasting.

    • ANSWER:
      The longest ive gone was 15 days I'm gonna shoot for 30 next! :) The most ive lost was round 15-20 pounds in 8 days I wasn't overweight either. Exercise helps tons also!

  49. QUESTION:
    can a sinus condition stem from being in a smoky room?
    I was at my father's place this weekend, and his furnace, (wood burning) was leaking smoke into the house. I woke up at 2 am, with a splitting headache. I opened the window, and was able to doze on and off till morning. I took a Tylenol before bkt, and on my way back home, took another one at noon, and still another in the evening, with a bad headache, and sinus condition. I just finished a antibotic treatment for an ear ache on Wednesday, so maybe I was fragile? After taking Tylenols today, three times, I am better tonight. Hope it's over. Also, I had a flair up of my gout, which I have no reason to, my uric acid level is at 350, and I have been watching my intake of meats, and no drinks... so I really am not sure what this is all about. Thanks for helping me out on this.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't be so concerned about a sinus condition as I would be carbon monoxide poisoning...which are EXACTLY if not worse than the same symptoms. I would get that furnaced fixed RIGHT AWAY. Yes, all smoke carries some form of carcinogens that can trigger a sinus reaction whether its the additives in tobacco, perfumes in the incense, pollen or mold in burning logs/brush/leaves, etc. Maikel Stellerfield

  50. QUESTION:
    how many medical drugs do you currently take..what are they for (also need natural gout treatments)?
    do you feel taking a lot of medical drugs causes unknown interactions

    I am pretty old and take none regularly but when I get an excruciating gout attack, I break down and take 3 or 4 pills over 2 days which makes it go away. I had one a few days ago and it felt like someone took a hammer to my ankle 20 times and I had to user a wheelchair to take a medical test at the hospital and could barely get tot he elevator from my car.

    Other than cherries/juice what natural treatments might help gout. I am a vegan and only mess up once in a while. I thought it was meat connected but someone told me the other day it was related to eating fruit..have you ever heard that

    sorry two questions

    1 how many prescription drugs or otc drugs do you take daily or very often and why of you want to say

    2 natural gout help and does fruit cause gout/excess uric acid.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't take any prescription drugs or OTC drugs. I do take natural supplements daily for overall health.

      Alfalfa Complex can be very effective in dealing with the pain associated with gout. It's a natural anti-inflammatory, high in chlorophyll, helps reduce uric acid and has anti-stiffness factors.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.