Hello, I am 32 now and I am currently experiencing pre-gout "tingling, swelling", I hope it's not coming. I have had 5 attacks over the past 5-6 yrs. In my personal experience it has been mainly STRESS related, as well as some bad food choices and alcohol consumption, i presume. On my fathers side of the family many have had gout for years. My younger brother had his first attack at the age of 19. What I have learned from my own personal experience is that, drink plenty of water! Especially in the warm months. I have only had gout flares in warm months. Would love to know if others have this pattern.
When you are suffering from an acute attack..(important) Get a corticosteroid shot directly into the affected joint! Some Dr.s may put you on meds first to control uric acid etc.. blah. If they don't prescribe you a steroid or give you the shot, prepare to suffer. You find yourself sitting in the bathroom often. Maybe those meds may work for others, but if you would like to walk within 24hrs, get the shot.
I know.. I spent many nights hanging my leg off the bed for fear of touching my toe to anything, even fabric. In closing, I have tried pure cherry juice and excluding red meats and wine in my diet. But STRESS is the main trigger!! Get lots of sleep, water and vitamins and be optimistic> Good Luck and Good Heath :)
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