I am 51 years old and have had gout attacks for the last twenty years. There does not seem to be a specific trigger for the attacks re diet or life style. The difference now from my first attack is that I get them more often and they are more painful than ever, to the point i argue with myself not to cut my own foot off! Drastic i know; but sometimes the pain is beyond some kind of rational threshold. I pour with sweat due to the pain, the attacks now last up to three weeks. Which makes life a prison as it is imposible to do anything, even sit at a computer as the position increases the swelling.
In desperation I went back in my mind over every attack I have ever had. At first they would be years apart, until now when they come every few months. The amazing conclusion through my trip back in time, was that every single time I had an attack I was under heavy stress emotional or financial. I have never had an attack when things and life were running smoothly. Ever!
My conclusion now is if I can control my responses to stressful situations I can get a handle on the gout. I am just coming out of a two week attack: I have been living with my son in a house that is a building site, through the worst winter in thirty years, the weather and finances putting all renovation work on our eighty year old cottage on hold. Result Gout.
I hope this observation of my own personal experience is useful and maybe some of you will also notice a stress correlation, in your trip back through your own gout timeline.
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