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I have been experiencing what it seems multiple gout attacks for the past 5 weeks. It all started on the back of my right foot where the aquilles meets the heel and my GP thougth at first it was a tendonitis. A couple of days later it moved to the outer ankle, same foot. Two days later, to the big toe but on my left foot, a week later the external section of the sole (left foot). Just when I thougth I was getting better it came back somewhere else or same place as the days before. Obviously it wasn't tendonitis and I knew that a few years ago I had my uric acid levels up (9+) however, the recent test done during these attacks showed my Uric Acid as 7.1mg/dl which is on the high end but within the normal limits. I am not a meat eater or drinker so I can't say it is 100% associated with poor diet eventhough my diet isn't perfect. I blamed these attacks on a rapid weight loss I have had due to lots of excercise (12+ lbs in a couple of months) and carb diet, I am back to what I believe is my normal weight. I have read that weight loss can trigger attacks due to the concentration of Uric Acid. I have read all the comments of many people on their gout experiences and I feel for all of you, it is a very painful illness. During these last multi attacks I really thought it was going to be over in a few days but it has been 5 weeks and just now I can walk 'almost' normal. I still feel pain on the sole of my left foot and my left toe is still stiff with minor redness but inflammation is almost gone. Does any one have any idea how longer is this going to take to be over?. The lessons I have learned throughout this ordeal come from medical articles I have been reading and other gout sufferers comments. I can tell you that for everyone the trigger is different, that gout diet is not really as well understood as we think, I have read several professional opinions on food, some say tomatos are bad, beans are bad, spinach is bad, tuna is bad, salmon is bad, etc. and of course the usual suspects (red meat and alcohol) and then I find articles where they say the opposite or point out the lack of proof that some of these food are the cause. In fact I read and article/study where they say diet contributes only 12% to gout issues (?). A doctor friend of mine found a study performed by a US University where they find no correlation between red meat and gout (?), I have not gotten a hold of this paper but when I do I will share the details. Anyway I hope sharing my limited experience with gout can generate some feedback on why a gout attack can last so long.
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