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Does anybody else have gout?

Postby Atom » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:59 pm

I was diagnosed about ten years ago with Fibro'. About eight years ago I started to get really nasty episodes of pain in my feet. The episodes would last from one day to about two weeks at a time, and I could have possibly one or two bouts per year. There was never any swelling, redness etc. but it really hurt. It would only effect one foot at a time and usually effected the same area, being the outer edge. I mentioned this to several doctors over the years and basically just got ignored and all of my previous urate tests have been normal as far as I am aware. However, a couple of months ago my urate came back slightly raised and my doctor recommended Alloprurinol. Coincidentally, just prior to taking the med' my little toe on my left foot became extremely sore, red and swollen, which is the first ever gout related symptom I have ever had.

Does anyone else suffer with gout, or has anyone experienced any of the above?
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:19 pm

I get the pains in my feet, very similar to what you've described, at all sorts of random times. It can lest from a day to a couple of weeks. Mine has always been put down to FM, gout has never been mentioned.

I often get puffiness around my ankle and on the top of my feet, but nothing like how you've described your toe :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:

Hope the new med does the trick for it :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby denys » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:54 pm

Gout is not FM related http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gout/Pages ... ction.aspx FM does not cause inflamation
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby Andy1964 » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:51 pm

But does inflamation aggravate FM? I have exactly the symptons Atom is prescribing, during one attack also had a severe kidney infection and my acid levels were high so stuck on allopurinol by my Doctor (I regret this and I am looking at weaning myself off)

However when suffering from colds etc or swollen glands I suffer much more pain around my body - so was wondering if anyone knows of a connection between inflamation & FM.

Also the statement above re inflamation & FM seems very definitive - is there any proof FM is not connected to gout?

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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:28 pm

Other illnesses/problems can aggravate FM as well.
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby denys » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:54 pm

Anything aggravates FM but FM does not cause inflammation and thats why its only diagnosed when everything else has been ruled out, symptoms can overlap with other conditions and FM symptoms can mask other problems which is why we always advocate going to see your GP with any new or worsening symptoms.
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby Atom » Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:47 pm

Thanks for the feedback.

Over the years I have had loads of blood tests, like I said, this is the first time that my urate level has been high. In fact, my right foot was agony when I had my last bout of bloods taken, and only my high bilirubin, due to Gilbert's Syndrome, and the urate showed up. The inflammation test came back normal.

Well, I have been on the Allopurinol for the last twenty days, now on 300mg per day, and so far I can't really see any benefit as my right foot and ankle have started to play up also. :lol: Not sure how long it takes to work.
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby denys » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:09 pm

Dont know but would have thought after 20 days you would have started to see some improvement. maybe its time for another trip to the docs :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:30 pm

I would have thought there would have been something happening by now as well :? :? Sounds like you need to take up residency in your surgery, like a lot of us do, as we seem to be there more than anywhere else :facepalm: :facepalm:
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby dood » Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:18 pm

Hi i suffer with gout/fb and i get gout in me feet and elbows.i tried the meds you have they didnt work for me either after trying other drugs for gout with no joy. i was sent to a specialist who perscribed a drug called febuxostat .it gets me uric levels right down but i still get symptoms of a gout attack but not as bad :goodluck2:
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby Atom » Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:58 pm

Bit of an update. I stopped the Allopurinol a while back due an ulcer appearing in my mouth, which may have been a side effect. So, I thought I would try that 'Cherry Active' mentioned in a post on this site and see if it would help the uric levels. Well, I was on it for three weeks, increased my water intake to at least two litres per day and asked for another urate test. It came back virtually the same, so I don't think I will be splashing out on any more of that.

I have now decided, after talking with my GP, to wait for my podiatry appointment and try to alter my diet before trying Allopurinol or another med' again. Diet change is a nightmare when you have IBS, acid reflux and high uric acid, all of which when you check for dietary advice online seem to contradict each other to the point where you are only safe to eat fresh air. I have in the past asked my GP for dietary advice and been told, 'we don't tell you what to eat, or not to eat'. So, I guess a vindaloo would be ok then...
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby denys » Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:29 pm

What, then what the :swear1: does a dietician do I thought it quite reasonable to ask for some advice on what to/not to eat think your doc needs :shooting: :shooting: :shooting: and :elephant: :elephant: :elephant:
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby tireesix » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:40 am

My Doc thought I had gout to begin with, I had no real swelling or redness but it does happen now and again. I have pain in both big toes, sometimes its not as bad as others, went to see a podiatrist and he said I have something called Functional Hallux Limitus. Essentially the bones of the foot don't flex the proper way or something and it can cause super severe pain in the big toe joints.

There isn't any treatment except for orthotics (which I haven't found useful), it got so bad I asked for my big toes to be removed but they said they couldn't do that because I might just end up with that phantom nerve pain you get after and amputation. Damn it.

There is the option of steroid injections in the toe as well if its really bad.

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo, I guess there is the possibility you have the same thing as me, my FHL definitely goes up and down and flares, has nowt to do with my fibro flares etc but I do have EDS so it might be associated with that. The only issue with FHL is a)the pain and its really non fixable and b) you are at increased risk of developing early arthritis in your big toe joint.


Hope this helps????

Oh yeah, also, the pain gets so bad, its not just the big toe joint that hurts but literally, the whole side of the foot.............

http://www.lowerextremityreview.com/iss ... -treatment
http://www.vasylimedical.com/pdf/Vasyli ... tus_PF.pdf

The thing is with me, is that even though I have limited moton in the big toe, its still more moble than the average person and the wearing the orthotics just puts my other joints out....... Tricky, tricky, tricky. I am considering the injections into the joints.
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby Atom » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:48 pm

Well I've been on my anti-urate diet for awhile now and don't really feel any difference. Went to the Podiatrists yesterday and the lady rechecked the x-ray of my feet that was done twelve months ago, and guess what? I've got extra bones in my feet :crazy: When I contacted the surgery after the x-ray was done they informed me that it was all clear and that there were no abnormalities :evil: The Podiatrist now reckons that the insoles they gave me at the start of 2011 may have aggravated the 'extra bones', thus causing the pain. I may not in fact have gout, just a high urate level.
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Re: Does anybody else have gout?

Postby denys » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:46 pm

:facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: oh well at least you are getting some answers :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:
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