I had both my hips totally replaced in 2008 after suffering from back and hip pain for years .... I was constantly in excruciating pain... After 9 months of recovery my life fell apart. I lost everything..... job, family , house , ability to move without pain... i was very successful in the auto business , but as I was out recovering from my surgery , Chrysler went under (2008) ... no job , no money ., and constant pain... After over 5 years on pain medicine , i see no end ... all of a sudden my ankle feels like it is sprained... terrible pain... bloodwork shows a spike in uric acid, cholesterol 357 , and triglycerides over 1000.... time to change everything... All of a sudden I have numbness in my fingers tired of one thing after another.I am changing my total lifestyle.... I am miserable from the pain ... can't work regularly because I can barely walk ... life sucks for this 56 year old former professional athlete....but, in 6 mos , i hope the changes help... if not.... oh well..... live with it.

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Nov 08, 2011
suffering - been there done that
by: Greg Piedmont CA

I've felt your pain, fingers crossed you can get that damn gout under control. I was in your boat, took a change in meds and about 6 months for the gout to go away. Long story short, my Doc put me on Allopurinol (and Colchine for 6 months) and slowly increased the Allopurinol dosage (up to 4 tabs a day) to get my uric acid under a 5. Email me at [email protected] if you want to discuss what worked for me and might work for you. Keep us posted on how its going for you and if you find anything that works.

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