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I have just been diagnosed with pseudogout in my left knee, confirmed with x-rays of that knee. I thought it was just some cartilage problem. I twisted my knee many years ago and now and again it would swell up with no real pain. However this year it has swelled up big time two or three times and there has been significant pain so I went to the doc. He arranged for an x-ray of the knee and it showed that I have chondrocalcinosis or pseudogout, also termed calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD).
When I had this recent attack I couldn't put much weight on my left knee and adopted the R.I.C.E. regime i.e. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation and took co-codomol for the pain. It's just about abated now but I have to be careful not to do too much or it starts to hurt again.
To be frank I've got no idea where I go from here. I surely don't want to spend the rest of my years sitting with my leg propped up on a cushion. I like to get out in the open air and walk, don't want to have to stop doing that.
The only positive thing I've found so far is that CPPD is not affected by alcohol!
It appears there's no recognised "good diet " for either preventing it or reducing the chances of another attack ... at least not that I've found so far .... and anyway, is that the way it goes? You get over an attack, the pain subsides, the swelling goes down and then all is hunky dory until wham, you get another attack.
I just don't know ............. I've got a lot to find out, so any advice would be gratefully received.
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