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ericsmom
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   Posted Yesterday 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello People
 
I am new to this particular forum, but not new to healingwell.
My son has been diagnosed with Gout, and I was just wanting to inquire if anyone here suffers from this type of arthritis.
 
Thank you in advance,
Diane
Fibromyagia, R/A, Diabetes, Atrial Fib, depression

Prednisone(not for much longer I hope), methotrexate, folic acid, metformin, diamicron, bisoprolol, plaquinal, fenofibrate, pantoloc, wellbutrin, propafenone, ibprofen, warfarin


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Ducky
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   Posted Yesterday 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Diane.. welcome to the Arthritis side of the house! So good to have you.. Sorry to hear about your son.. I personally do not have Gout, but I'm sure someone on here does and will be along shortly.. When did your son get diagnosed? How is he doing?
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ericsmom
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   Posted Yesterday 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya Duck,
 
Thank you for your warm welcome :-)   He was just dx 2 weeks ago, but has had these symptoms for quite some time, although since September he has been in so much pain, it breaks my heart.  I have R/A and when I flare, the pain is really something sad    He says just having a sheet on him in bed hurts, and thats how I was when I had my first major flare with R/A...it was so painful, I thought I had bone cancer.  It's hard to watch a loved one suffering, especially when yuo KNOW first hand just how painful it is
 
I never really thought to come to this forum, as my biggest worry was Lupus, then I found out I was mis diagnosed and it's fibromyalgia instead of the lupus.
 
I hope to maybe be some help to people suffering here, and perhaps learn things from others as well:)
Sure wish I cud get my son to come here, but he is still in the denial stage, and for the longest time he feared it was R/A
 
Take care
Diane
Fibromyagia, R/A, Diabetes, Atrial Fib, depression

Prednisone(not for much longer I hope), methotrexate, folic acid, metformin, diamicron, bisoprolol, plaquinal, fenofibrate, pantoloc, wellbutrin, propafenone, ibprofen, warfarin


What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger


erin.K
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   Posted Today 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
hi Diane,
to me it seems like it is so much easier for "us" to deal with & handle having a chronic illness or deal with very bad joint pain than it is to "watch" someone we love dearly have to suffer.
if my honey had what you & i have?  i have no idea!  i say to myseld, "thank God it's me not him!".
so for you...it's probably 4 times as hard than it is for your son.
 
GOUT IS WRETCHED!!!!!!!!!!!  i had an attack of gouty arthritis in both big toes (3 times already i think?) lasting quite a while.
and yeah...i had to make kinda' like a "teepee" with the bed sheets so nothing was actually touching my feet.
my doc advised:
a low to "no" oxilate diet, (something to do w/ having uric acid in the blood); this helped, it also prevents my stinkin' kidney stones (double ouch).
for gout many people add loads of bing cherries, anything w/ vitamin C (you can check just to make sure i'm correct on this, i could be wrong....but i'm pretty sure it's fruits w/ C  )
NSAIDS he said would add to the problem....so i used the narcotic pain meds i already had for the RA.
 
oh!  what was terrific was wrapping the ball of my foot & toe w/ a LidoDerm patch!
it is by RX only, but that really did the trick as to relieving pain.
 
you take good care,
erin
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
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ericsmom
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   Posted Today 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya Erin
 
Thank you for your reply.  I think I saw something about cherry juice on a site and figured it was just one of those "miracle" cures!!  I copied what you wrote and will work on it from there.
 
Thank you so much!!!
 
Hugs
Diane
Fibromyagia, R/A, Diabetes, Atrial Fib, depression

Prednisone(not for much longer I hope), methotrexate, folic acid, metformin, diamicron, bisoprolol, plaquinal, fenofibrate, pantoloc, wellbutrin, propafenone, ibprofen, warfarin


What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger


curley
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   Posted 12/11/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Diane, I am truly sorry that your son is having to deal with have never had gout but my ex-husband did and I will never forget the first time that he got it started out in his big toe and it went from there. It finally got so bad that he got me to take him to the ER and they did some blood work and an ex-ray and sure enough he has gout they gave him a shot (been to long to remember what they gave him)and a script to get filled. It took no time at all for the redness and the swelling to go down. He was all so like your son he could not stand any thing touching it.
Curley
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Raven67
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   Posted 12/11/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ericsmom and welcome,

We seem to have a lot in common, diabetes, RA and I am also on a lot of the same meds.  I guess we all have a lot in common, thats why were all here.

I've been having some problems with pain control but has been better in the last couple of days

Keep posting and stay well,

By the way I am also from Ontario (Eastern)

Raven


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Current Diagnosis-Rheumatoid Arthritis, Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Osteoarthritis right knee, Osteoporosis.
Current Meds-Methotrexate 15mg weekly, Hydroquinine 200 mg BID, Celebrex, Cesamet, Oxycontin 20 mg BID, Lorazepam 2 mg dly Actonel weekly, Insulin-Humalog 35 units TID and Lantus 40 units BID.


ericsmom
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   Posted 12/12/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Peeps,
 
Thank you Curly and Raven.  My son has left this so long that the gout is all over his body now.  I just hope he hasnt done permanent damage to his joints.  Curly, he was like your ex, in and out of the ER continually till onetime someone decided to run some blood work and it came back with the R/A factor but was told it was gout. He and his wife are expecting their first baby end of Jan and its been one thing after another. He is in constant pain and I wonder if gout is like other diseases where stress can cause flares.
 
Raven, thanks for the welcome.  I am in Muskoka, are you anywhere near there?  I have to ask, how long have you been on mtx?  I am in the middle of my 5th week, I take the oral form and I gotta tell you, I am NOT liking it.  I am so sick of feeling sick!!  very tempted to call my rhuemy today and tell him I want off, but I know I desperately need to get off the prednisone, been on it for 5 yrs last week.  It all started with pericarditis, and every time I tried to go off the pred, the pericarditis wud rear it's ugly head.  I am still on 4 mg 1x daily of pred, to be reduced to 3 mg 1x by Jan.  Just curious how you are doing on the mtx.  I'm sorry you are having pain management issues.  All I get for pain is advil or ibprofen.  How long have you been suffering from R/A?  It is 11 years for me.
 
Hope you are all having a decent day so far
 
Hugs
Diane
Fibromyagia, R/A, Diabetes, Atrial Fib, depression

Prednisone(not for much longer I hope), methotrexate, folic acid, metformin, diamicron, bisoprolol, plaquinal, fenofibrate, pantoloc, wellbutrin, propafenone, ibprofen, warfarin


What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger


sbigsby36
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
ericsmom....
 
i have had gout for at least 10 years...and it has been all over my body....not just the big toe.....i do believe that stress is terrible for gout........but i  was only told by one dr that there are three factors....red meat  stress and alcohol...that will guarentee a gout flare up.......does anyone else have knowledge of this?

sjkly
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   Posted 5/17/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
ericsmom, I have also had RA for eleven years and am on week six of methotrexate. I too was about to give up but since I really need something right now and don't want to do the biologics I decided to try taking extra folic acid (3mg's day)-worked great for me and I am now glad I am on th mtx.
My step father has gout he takes coultrasine (I know I spelled that wrong) and that has really helped control his flares and he eats a ton of red meat and drinks beer everyday-not that I would recommend that to someone with gout.
Anyway, welcome to the forum and have a wonderful weekend.
Sj

momto3
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   Posted 5/19/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Sj,
My fil also has gout and the same thing with the red meat and alcohol which are huge triggers or causes for gout not sure which?..anyway he seem so have flares of it often and it gets really painful where he can't walk on his feet. sad

BabZ
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   Posted 5/28/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I Dianne, well I am sorry 2 hear that your son is going through all this pain, I was diagnose with a bunch of things including Ra and Gout...

There is a medication that did help me, its called Colchine's however the good news it works, the bad like with everything else it causes side effects and u need to closesly monitor...Also when I have an attack, I do try to do the alternative, which is Epsom salt, I know that sounds weird, but it does help, doesnt always take it away, but it feels good to have warmish hot water mixed with espsom salt, it helps me to reduce the swelling...

I hope your son, gets better, its one thing for us to go thru something, but its def harder when you see a loved one in pain...

Let us know how he is doing.....

Babz
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