I was diagnosed with gout, after several attacks. Swelling, pain, etc. The dr. put me on Alluprionol, and I have not had a bad attack since. However, me feet and ankles still swell, and my legs get cramps, although not in the past couple of days. When I was diagnosed with gout, they also took my blood and urine and said everything was normal, except high uric acid. But when I google swelling of feet, ankles, edema comes up, saying liver, kidney problems, diabetes, HEART FAILURE, etc. I have not other symptoms. Could the alluprinol be causing the swelling, or could it be remnants of gout? thanks
The gout and the edema would be signs of Kidney (energy system) deficiency in Chinese medicine, so the two are related medically. While it is possible to stimulate the kidneys to drain uric acid through diruetics, you may want to consider Kidney tonic herbs to restore your Kidney energy before other symptoms begin to appear. Here is some educational material on Gout and Chinese medicine:
do i have gout?my foot hurts and is itchy?
my heel has been achy,and the area around my heel has been itchy and sore.i feel a few bumps kind of…..it gets to where my foot is really achy and it hurts to step with it.i feel bumps but i dont see them.i wear crocks alot lately but i wear them with socks,mainly i wear them to work.could this cause gout?
i aminly feel itch and achs on sides of heel
Gout usually presents in the large toe. Itch is not a symptom of gout. Try different shoes. Try some padding under your heal for the pain If nothing helps, see a foot doctor.
What things can my dad to to help with his gout in his foot and ankle?
He doesn’t really drink–I mean maybe 2 or 3 a year and only at social events, just casual drinking is not his thing, and he has completely cut back on cokes (especially diet ones, we heard those were awful for it, so he has NONE of those–only the occasional coke). He’s a very active man and will be 50 on Tues. It’s really buggin him now cuz I got married Saturday and he was trying to suck it up and walk me down the aisle without limping (which I was not that concerned about, I just wanted him to get me down!) and didn’t stay off it like he prolly should have this weekend so its even worse, any home remedies you know of that could help? He’s got total white coat syndrome as we call it, petrified of the Dr., so if we can get it under control without him having to go it would be best! any tips would be really appreciated!
Eating lots of fresh cherries every day is a great cure.My mother has tried it and it worked on her gout in her foot.
Causes of Gout
Gout is caused by excessive accumulation of uric acid in the tissues. The underlying cause of uric acid accumulation is unknown, yet research has found that it can basically be attributed to metabolic or kidney problems. Increased production of uric acid may be the result of metabolic enzyme defects, certain types of chronic anemia, or other complex conditions. Dehydration and kidney disease can cause poor clearance of uric acid from the body.
Proper diet, nutrition, and metabolic balance all play crucial roles in the prevention and treatment of this disease. The conception of gout as a condition of affluence is tenuous, but a heavy diet, particularly organ meats that increase amount of uric acid, and alcohol consumption, can hinder the removal of uric acid by the kidneys.
Although most people initiate a gout attack through poor lifestyle choices (obesity, rich foods, alcohol), 10%-15% of gout patients have attacks due to a metabolic problem, such as a deficiency of enzymes (xanthine oxidase) and purine imbalances. Purines come from certain foods (meat products, especially liver and other organ meats, sausages and other processed meats, anchovies, crab, shrimp, milk, eggs, and many beans, including soy), but are also normally present, in the form of DNA and RNA in the cells. Purines are broken down into uric acid, which is then normally excreted through the urine.
Medications, including aspirin and diuretics, can cause gout by putting extra stress on the kidneys; these drugs cause 25% of new gout cases. Kidney stones and other kidney problems are present in 90% of gout sufferers, because urate crystals also accumulate in the kidneys.
Quick Action Plan for Gout
1. The goal of diet for those with gout is to reduce the production of uric acid to normal levels. Cherries, and all rich colored berries, such as blueberries, are recommended. Consume half a pound of fresh or unsweetened frozen cherries per day for a period of three to six weeks as a healing protocol.
2. Organic cherry juice is especially good for gout, as are many of the new “magic juices” such as Goji, Acai and Noni juice, puree or powder. Pomegranate fruit extracts have been shown to be effective as well.
3. Eliminate alcohol consumption, which both increases uric acid production and reduces uric acid excretion in the kidneys. Gout sufferers should also maintain a low-purine diet, which completely omits organ meats, shellfish, yeast (brewer’s and baker’s), herring, sardines, mackerel, and anchovies.
4. Intake of dried legumes, spinach, asparagus, fish, poultry, and mushrooms, should also be curtailed. Refined carbohydrates and saturated fats are best kept to a minimum.
5. Drink plenty of pure water, because it keeps urine diluted and promotes the excretion of uric acid.
6. Test for food and environmental allergies and avoid all foods and substances to which you are allergic.
7. Cleansing and Detoxification, including colon and bowel cleansing therapies, fasting, kidney and gallbladder flushes, physical medicine, and homeopathic remedies.
8. In clinical trials with gout patients, devil’s claw was found to relieve joint pain, as well as reduce blood cholesterol and uric acid levels. For gout sufferers, professionals can recommend: 1-2 g of dried powdered devil’s claw root three times a day; 4-5 ml of (1:5) tincture three times a day; or 400 mg of dry solid extract (3:1) three times a day.
9. The following nutritional supplements are recommended: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA; 1.8 g daily), vitamin E (400-800 IU daily), folic acid (under a doctor’s supervision, 10-40 mg daily), and quercetin with bromelain (125-250 mg three times a day between meals).
The eliminative organs must be improved. Drink apple cider vinegar with honey and bathe the area in hot apple cider vinegar. To speed healing, take MCP pectin (one teaspoonful three times a day). Herbal teas work well to relieve pain. Tincture of lobelia with apple cider vinegar baths on the afflicted parts is very good. A good herb combination is equal parts of skullcap, valerian, and yarrow taken in tea form to assist in freeing the toxic waste from the tissues and to eliminate the waste through the various excretory organs.
what are the symptoms for gout my foot aches and tingles a little.?
i broke my ankle 2 years ago and every now and get a bit of pain i have had it xrayed and looked at and they say there is nothing matter with it .
but it has just started aching alot around the foot and tingles a bit any help please.
Extremely unlikely to be gout. Gout is very painful and your foot only aches.
Does this sound like Gout Pain?
I woke up this morning with a cramp on the point of my inside ankle bone. Everything was fine until 4 o’clock when it started getting worse. Within an hour the inside ankle has blown up like a red balloon. It feels pressurized with my veins popping out of the foot/ankle area. I have been getting this for the last 2 years and uric acid numbers always sit at the upper limit, recently within range. The doctor took xrays and said there is no signs of crystal buildup. He gave me colchicine and indomethicin but never made it clear it was gout. He just told me to keep taking medication when needed and walk on it basically. The weird thing is the frequency. I got hit in the ankle today and will probably have off and on pain there for the next 2 weeks. After that it will let up for a couple days then move to the other foot. Gout medications don’t seem to work which makes me wonder. A year ago I went to a different dr. who gave me all sorts of anti inflammatories and steroids that didn’t do anything either. He seemed to think it might not be gout because of the frequency and the negative response to gout medications. I don’t drink alcohol and don’t consume purines and eat pretty healthy. Also drink up to 15 glasses of water a day. Is there anything else besides gout that has similar pain symptoms and seems to never go away? Any ideas? Sorry about the novel!
If the colchicine does not work within 24-48hrs then its probably not gout. If that is the case, get another opinion. It sounds more like an unusual presentation of some rheumatological problem — go see a rheumatologist.
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