Don't let gout rule your life

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I have read many posts on several threads, and can't help feeling some people are letting this vile desease take over their lives. 

Eating nothing but celery, cherries, and the odd onion may reduce gout attacks, but how miserable does it make you feel. Someone on here even suggested you drink half your body weight in water every day. Apart from being almost impossible, it would be dangerous as well. It is 2016 and mankind has moved on. We don't have to rely on chewing plants to cure us. My doctors have no interest at all in diet for gout, they simply prescribe the correct drugs, and tell me to get on with life. I rarely agree with doctors, but on this occasion I believe they have got it right. 

Control the desease, don't let it control you !!

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    I'm afraid that I'm with you on that. There seems to be an anti-science zeitgeist. I just take the allopurinol, eat what I like, and forget about it for the next 24 hrs, excluding the occcssional blood test.

    Moreover, cherries in the UK 365 days a year would cost a small fortune.

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    Indeed I have been on allopurinol and have no symptoms.  I have not altered my lifestyle and my specialist (not an ordinary GP) was quite relaxed about no change in lifestyle.

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      I've seen a specialist and the GP. The specialist too is relaxed about allopurinol, as long as the patient shows no allergic reaction in the first 2 weeks, increases dose slowly and is aware of skin rash issues. Apart from that - just get on with life as before. He is also convinced its all genetic - so forget the cherry juice or sticking pins in yourself - just get on with your life.

      As for the GP - she hasn't much idea, but dishes out the prescriptions as needed.

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      what's your lifestyIe do you eat steak and drink beer, these are the thinks i have missed most,I've been on allopurinol for 3 years for the last 2 I've been on 300mg my uric acid is normal and have had no problems for the last 2 years my doctor has suggested I lower my does to 200mg which I agreed with but so far havent had the bottle to do so, I dont know why not because I worry all the time about the long term affects of allopurinol.

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      No, I am a life long vegi, and this has nothing to do with gout. I do have a few pints every day though, and don't plan to stop. Of course, if the medication didn't work, I may have to think again. One thing is for sure though, I'm not going to attempt to drink half my body weight in water every day LOL

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      I'd go with the water. If you do it will help your gout. If you go with the medication and you don't drink plenty you will end up with kidney stones. Look up the complications of kidney stones; I think you'll prefer a few glasses of water.

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    You are absolutely right. However, when people come on here, they're usually still in pain, suffering from the trauma and trying to make sense of it all. They have many questions, are baffled and in distress that they have to live with such a condition while other's are in denial and think they have to find a solution for it. 

    Yet, once they come to their senses which some never do, can they move beyond this disease by taking medication and getting back to living their lives as it was intended for them to do.

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      I thought my message was rather optimistic in fact. We have a disease process, it's not our fault, it's not too bad, it can be controlled with a medicine that is 50 years old and well understood, dirt cheap and won't change your life much, while still giving a topic of discussion when you meet other old people. (I delude myself into thinking I'm not old, but when I look at policemen and doctors nowadays...)

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