No meat and still having flare ups

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I am a Vietnam Veteran and dealt with plenty injuries but this gout is starting to take the blue ribbon. I wasn't a heavy meat eater unless at a cook out. But last 6 months the Allopurinol at 200mg no longer is helping. VA medical staff doubt I'm suffering gout because it attacks my upper spine, hands and ankle. Then big toe. Even with my uric acid levels between 6.0 to 8.0 I'm still getting horrid flare ups.

The doctor swares up and down I cant be having an attack in the spine.

Ive since stopped eating meat. and also having difficulty eating beans, soy milk.

I am running out of ideas to treat this. Cherry juice and valarian root isn't helping.

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    The norm gout med is 300 mg of allopurinol. Ask your Dr about adding colchicine as well
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      They refuse to give me colchicine because they say my numbers aren't high enough. And last night I got another flare up. This time my big toe was throbbing but not red yet.

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      When did they do the blood checks?

      In the UK their protocol is to give allopurinol colchecine after 2 flares in any 12 month period.

      If you take Allopurinol you WILL get flares - hence the reason for always having the colchecine at hand. 

       

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      a few years ago and the staff back then gave me both. The mew staff wont. I also haven't seen a real doctor in VA for 4 years. just nurse practioners. I requested and gave me mumbo jumbo about jumping through hoops to see one. Special request forms and pre approval. I shouldn't have to deal with that much red tape to feel good.

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    Hello, there doctor's are right, you cannot get gout on your back, but what you can get is Rheumatism. It sounds like rheumatoid arthritis to me. How old, how tall and how much do you weigh? 

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    Many questions here.

    The blood urate of 6-8 was it taken during or within 15 days of a gout flare?

    Second, there are at least 68 scholarly medical research articles written about gout pain in the spine. Any medical staff should be aware of this. FYI 69% of those who report pain in the spine actually have it in the neck or very top of the back.

    Next, gout pain in the wrists and hands is not unknown. Medical staff should know that too.

    Allopurinol will trigger gout attacks. You medical staff should have warned you of that and given you prophylaxis.

    The standard does of Allopurinol during the first year or so is 300mg... again your medical staff should know this.

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      Well, that sounds like good advice to me.

      This is cut n paste. I won't put quote marks or they'll block it.

      Spinal gout most commonly present as back or neck pain with majority of reported patients with elevated uric acid. The diagnosis of spinal gout is confirmed with the presence of negatively birefringent monosodium urate crystals in tissue. Treatment for spinal gout involves medication for the reduction of uric acid level and surgery if patient symptoms failed to respond to medical treatment.

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      This whole sad saga with your VA reminds me of something I heard only yesterday:

      If you are in the USA and have an iphone in your hand, the irony is, the exploited Chinese wage-slave that made the phone probably has a better health care plan than you do.

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