35 year old woman with 2 gout attacks in 13 years

by Rita
(Honolulu, HI)


So glad to find this site. I had my first (extremely painful, red, hot and swollen) gout attack at age 21 in 1997. I thought I had kicked the bed with my toe and it was just sore. I had no idea what gout was but I had a co-worker with a history of it who knew exactly what it was when he saw it. I could not understand why I had it. I don't believe there is any history of it in my family as none of them seem to know what it was either. I don't eat a lot of foods on the "gout" list but I had been on vacation and thought maybe I over indulged a bit. It went away (eventually) with medication and I have not had any attacks...until now, 13 years later!

I had the same "kicked the bed" feeling and knew exactly what it was as that pain is too hard to forget. I am coming off a 20lb weight loss over the last year and am not overweight. I still don't eat the foods known for triggering gout so I can't understand why again this happens. I went to the doctor right away and got the anti-inflammatory meds. Even the pharmacist questioned me when I picked up the medicine...she asked "do you have gout?" with a very bewildered look on her face.

I guess I could say I have had stress lately...nothing I can't handle but daily stresses get to you from time to time. I can relate to a lot of what other posts have said...I am drinking a lot of water with this attack and wonder if that has something to do with this one being more on the mild side.

I just hope I don't end up with chronic attacks as this is just the worst pain ever...and I have had a child. :)

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Sep 03, 2011
35 yr old woman with 2 gout attacks in 13 yrs
by: Terri

This is so discouraging to hear. I'm sorry. Have you tried the apple cider vinegar & water (2tb acv in 8 oz water). Drink it upon rising in the a.m. It helps me. I'm trying to lose weight (lost 14 lbs) and was hoping that would help get me out of these attacks. Every time I read more about it the more discouraged I get. I'm female also and don't drink alcohol. I've been walking the treadmill 30 minutes 3-4 times a week the last 4 weeks and it has helped me to get through the extreme stress i'm having with work and home, in addition to helping me lose weight--losing 2 lbs/week each week for the last 3 weeks. I think it really helps with the stress. It feels good to accomplish the walk.

Good luck to you. biofreeze spray helps with the pain.

Sep 03, 2011
if gout comes again
by: Anonymous

I was once in your shoes with infrequent gout attacks. I always kept Naproxin 500 mg handy, and at the first sign of an attack took the Naproxin 500 mg with lots of water and in a couple of days the gout was gone. Now 20+ years later, my gout is a bit more challenging to control, good luck and stay on top of it.

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