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Why the wheelchair? Could it be gout?

March 29, 2019

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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Deepak Sharma
May 23, 2019

Gout is caused by a build-up of a substance called uric acid in the blood. If you produce too much uric acid or your kidneys don’t filter enough out, it can build up and cause tiny sharp crystals to form in and around joints. These crystals can cause the joint to become inflamed (red and swollen) and painful….(mygenericpharmacy)

Ben Spock
April 17, 2019

Thank you for writing such a nice and informative article on a very rarely talked disease Gout. I haven’t read such useful information about Gout on any sites until now. Gout is a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone, and a Gout attack can occur suddenly. The only reason one of my family members who suffered Gout and couldn’t get the right treatment on time, was due to lack of awareness.

Severe pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in your joints, are common symptoms you might suffer from Gout and you should consult your doctor immediately.
But, first thing first- READ. I’ve read a few articles on Gout and the information is easily available and accessible for everyone on several websites.

aayush roka
April 12, 2019

After maxing on the pain meds I starting looking for alternatives and I have found a heated gem stone mat (from a place I believe was called healthyline) that has helped a lot with both inflammation and pain. I keep it on low and have been sleeping on it and when I wake up I have very little pain, for several hours. Hope this can also help others!

Jozefa Janko
April 9, 2019

My son will be 49 this year he has disibility and has problem with alkochol lately has problem with his foot how can we help him..He just don’t want to stop drinking cider..please can you give some advice

michael b.
April 15, 2019

drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 oz of water and a teaspoon of baking soda, twice a day.

eat pineapple often

drink lots of water

don’t drink alcohol or eat red meat or drink any sugary drinks

no ice cream or sugars

take uric acid flush/tart cherry supplements

drink lots of coffee and even more water

drink low fat milk and eat other low fat dairy products

exercise regularly and stay away from seafood and eat healthy in general

March 30, 2019

” These include several medications (including corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory medications, and colchicine) to treat a sudden gout attack, and others (including allopurinol and febuxostat) that can prevent future attacks by lowering uric acid. In fact, treatments for gout are so good, it’s quite unusual that a person would be confined to a wheelchair despite proper treatment.” How much do the medications cost? Last I heard, colchicine was one of many “old” medications whose price has been jacked way up.

Great there are good treatments, too bad the US has one of the most, if not the most, financially exploited populations among “developed” nations. Somehow the legislature of “wealthiest” and “most powerful” nation in the word can’t stand up to health “industrial” “sector to protect the health & welfare of the public.

March 29, 2019

Food for thought. If a person originally had no gout then later in life develops gout if the diet is generally the same as before then the function of the kidney has changed for some reason. We know that over time the heart and carotid arteries can develop calcification thus leading to restricted blood flow which can then result in the organ not functioning as it should or changing in some way no matter how subtle. If this is also occurring to the renal artery perhaps the result is less viable kidney function . There are studies showing a relationship between magnesium and gout. There ares studies that show that magnesium removes calcium in soft tissue which would lead to improved blood flow to the organ so that it can presumably work optimally with less strain. If this thought process is correct then the question becomes the type Mg and dosage to reduce or remove calcification. This may be helpful for some.

Rehana Ebrahum
March 29, 2019

My husband suffers from gout just had tophi removed from hands n feet Puricos. does not agree with him as soon as he takes he start bleeding. What else can he take

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