Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First Gout Attack of the Year

So as of this past Saturday, I am having my first gout attack of the year. This is not all that uncommon for this time of year. Anyone who has gout knows that the colder temperatures are the time that many gout attacks occur. My current issue is that my doctor prescribed Prednisone to help with the attack. I hate Prednisone! I worked SO hard to lose 14 lbs and over the past 2 days I have gained 1/2 a lb. I have been carefully watching my calories to limit my weight gain, but boy have I been hungry! Also, I have been in lots of pain! And when you are in a financial pinch, you just take the $4 pain killers your doctor prescribes and don't worry about going buy more natural pain killers.
On the topic of pain killers, has anyone ever tried any of the more natural ways to handle a gout attack? The one I am most curious about is cherries. I personally don't know anyone who has gout that has tried eating cherries. I normally would have just taken ibuprofen, but I cannot take it with my blood pressure medicine. So my only other option is tramadol.
What has your doctor prescribed for you? And how do you handle the side affects of these medicines? I personally get a little loopy from the prednisone, but can function on the tramadol, especially at work.
I hope everyone out there is having a safe and happy gout-free week!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A New Year, A New Beginning

Well guys, here we are! Halfway through the first month of a brand new year. And how are your new years resolutions? Are you like most people? Have you already petered out? My new years resolutions are many fold this year. First of all for me is to lose weight. Isn't that everyone's resolution? I am doing well so far. I am down 14 lbs. this year, and that is a great feeling! My second resolution is to get off of my blood pressure meds. This one is a little more dificult. In addition to eating better, I have been exercising. I am confident that I will be able to get off of these meds before the summer, and that would be great! My third resolution combines my first 2: better manage my gout. Be that a flare up, controlling my diet, or getting on different medicine, I want to know more about this thing!
My journey with gout started in December of 2009. I had just started a new job working at a coffee shop. It was the busy season, and I got this pain in my foot. I didn't remember stepping on anything or tripping, so I couldn't figure out why I was limping so bad. It got to the point that the day after Christmas, I had to borrow a boot from a friend who broke his leg the year before. After a week, I went to the doctor despite having no insurance. I first went to a walk-in clinic. After an X-ray, I was told I severely sprained my ankle and was given a prescription for some pain medication. A few days later, lo and behold, my doctor just happened to come in at work. He saw me in the boot and remembered that I needed more BP meds. He told me not to worry about the cost, he would help with the bill, just to make an appointment the next day. When he told me he thought I had gout, everything fell into place! My father and two uncles have gout! A few months later this was confirmed. (We waited for my insurance to kick in for me to have the blood tests run) Not only were my uric acid levels high, the were 3x the normal level! After 3 months, he doubled my medication, and still, my levels have barely dropped.
This leads us to today. A year after my initial diagnosis, I am standing here typing this in pain. I am now having a flare up in BOTH feet. (Not a good thing for someone who stands on their feet for 8 hrs a day at work!)
I am now on a mission not only to follow the gout diet, but to find what leads to flare ups for me and learn from this experience. I am also looking to help inform others who are told that regardless of what they do, they are just going to have to deal with flare ups for the rest of their lives!
SO! Let's learn together and more forward to a brighter, healthier, pain free new year!

Introduction

Hi! My name is Chris. I live in Louisiana, and in January of 2010, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and gout. Since then I have been on 2 different medications for hbp, and my dosage has increased for my gout medication. My doctor has been after me since July of 2010 when I first went to visit him to lose weight. This blog is going to be about my journey of trying to lose weight, get off of BP meds, and managing my gout. Feel free to comment as much as you'd like, and to offer your thoughts on how you are managing your gout. There's not much information out there from those of us who are suffering. This is to help all of us to find more information here on the web!