Friday, August 21, 2009

Ricky's Gout Update

Some of you may have read my post from Wednesday about getting the Gout. I know it's just called gout, but I feel I need to distance myself from the word with an additional article.

So over the last 48 hours I have done hours of research and acted on that research and am happy to say that I'm at about 25% of the pain, swelling, and stiffness level I was when I posted. I have not been to a doctor because:

  • Severe pain in the toe joint
  • Swollen and shiny in appearance
  • Tender to the touch
  • Unbendable

These are tried and true indications of gout and nothing more.

What were my major risk factors?
  • Sedentary lifestyle (web programmer)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Mediocre monitoring of diet
  • Slightly overweight
  • High alcohol consumption (2+ drinks 4+ nights a week)
  • Low-moderate hydration

So what's helping right now?
  • Lots of water
  • Concentrated, organic cherry juice
  • ...occasionally with a couple t of apple cider vinegar
  • Lots of celery
  • Increase of Vitamin C
  • Baking soda in water to turn the acid knob down from 11

And what must I continue after it is gone to avoid another flair-up?
  • Lots of water
  • Cherry juice daily
  • Vitamin C
  • Exercise daily (and therefore lose weight)
  • Pretty much remove beer and keep alcohol down to 1-2 times a week

And that's the long and short of it: get healthy and keep it away. Not so complicated. Any questions?


Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Boy we are all dropping like flies. Take care of yourself brother.

Randal Graves said...

Alcohol to once or twice a week? Yikes. You should get a stand for your computer, you can program while on a treadmill.

Ricky Shambles said...

Yes we are, Cal. Yes we are.

Randal, I think that might just work. And if I can be on the treadmill every day, might be able to jump that beer intake. Perhaps with a treadmill beer helmet?