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I am 44 and I am a woman and I have been diagnosed with gout. I'm terrified there is an underlying condition causing it. I'm not a drinker, I have a few extra pounds but I'm not obese. I'm not menopausal yet.
I have it in both ankles, left heel, and my right hand. I've quit eating all meats, fish and I've eliminated most everything with purine. My doctor put me on Allopurinol yet nothing has changed. I'm always in pain. I recently switched from ibuprofen to naproxen.
I keep trying to get my doctor to do more tests on me but he seems to be taking an attitude of lets wait and see. I feel helpless although I'm doing everything I can control (diet) to make myself better. Cherry Juice, Turmeric - I tried acupuncture and still, I AM IN CONSTANT PAIN.
I'm beginning to feel hopeless. Any help or suggestions are welcome.
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