Aaaaaaaaaaah! Fuck! Ah, my gout! Fuck, it hurts!

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Driving through Gloucestershire the other day, I decided to stop off at a farm shop. Inside I found faggots the like I which I had never seen before. Truly, they were the faggots of the Gods, wrapped in the most natural looking casing...

I eventually tucked into them on Saturday, and they delivered exactly what they promised. Definitely liver and kidney in there, but I suspect some other offal along with the meat. A beautiful, almost pate-like consistency. Sheer nectar.

I suffer a bit from gout, and expected to pay for them the following day, rich as they were. What I didn't expect was for it to attack almost immediately, which I would have thought was medically impossible. But gout it was. My leg started to swell visibly, and I had to elevate it on the footstool. Had it been swarthed in bandages and I wearing a powdered wig and with a yappy dog at my good leg, I would have been the image of the stereotypical Hogarthian gout sufferer. And by thunder, it was agony.

Will it stop me buying more of these faggots next time I pass? No.

What does anyone else eat despite clear medical reasons why they shouldn't?

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Monday, 15 August 2005 11:42 (eighteen years ago) link

oh good an opportunity for me to bitch about my HEARTBURN. I have recently figured out that I have a bit of a wheat allergy, it's always been the only thing that gives me heartburn, which doesn't normally trouble me much anyway. However now I'm pregnant and I have a little creature in my abdomen pushing my stomach lining up into my chest. For the last few weeks, I've noticed that I get a bit of heartburn if I go to bed too soon after I eat, so I try to allow as much time between supper and bed. It always goes away when I sit up.

However this morning I get up for early shift and eat a scone (wheat!) around 4 AM. When I roll into the office I am beset by a FIERY FURY THAT WILL NOT ABATE. I have never had heartburn this painful, esp in the morning while I'm vertical/mobile.

And now I'm going to eat another scone.

teeny (teeny), Monday, 15 August 2005 12:23 (eighteen years ago) link

dairy products make my skin much more prone to breakouts and give me terrible symptoms of pmt, but i can't give up cheese.

lauren (laurenp), Monday, 15 August 2005 12:51 (eighteen years ago) link

I have this suspicion that one of the things that troubles my digestive system is baking powder. But I haven't verified it.

Casuistry (Chris P), Monday, 15 August 2005 15:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Eating anything sweet or drinking alcohol within an hour before I lay down for bed is a guarantee of heartburn, but that doesn't stop me. I just chew up antacids and hope for the best.

I've heard that sour cherries are supposed to ward off the gout.

Jaq (Jaq), Monday, 15 August 2005 15:43 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah, my grandpa eats the cherries for his gout.

teeny (teeny), Monday, 15 August 2005 15:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Ouch, sounds awful!

Teeny - there are some heartburn remedies you can take when you are pregnant. Also try peppermint tea.

Chatting to a doctor (not an appointment, just a friendly chat) it appears that I don't have the syptoms of an MSG allergy, more of just the way my body reacts to strong flavours. The thing is, it can last for 4 hours (facial flushing & sweating, coupled with tingling lips & mouth) & seems to have come on suddenly. hmph!

Panther Pink (Pinkpanther), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 08:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I suspect I have gallstones, and lately I cant eat any kind of biggish meal, especially anything fatty, without feeling like I've swallowed lumps of wood that are jammed into my gullet and right side. It isnt painful but its bloody uncomfortable. Scary thing is, it is putting me off eating alltogether!

O well I wanted to lose weight anyway :/

Trayce (trayce), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 08:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Trayce, have you seen a doctor about this?

Panther Pink (Pinkpanther), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 09:53 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah. I'm meant to have an ultrasound to confirm it, but I keep putting it off, because I swap shifts every single bloody week and it is causing my life outside work total havoc :(

Really should get it done next week.

Trayce (trayce), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 22:50 (eighteen years ago) link

For gout give the herbal remedy of Devils Claw and Yucca a try. It works for me whenever I have a flairup. Start with 4 capsuls of each 3 times the first day then 3 caps 3 times a day for the next several days then drop down to 1 each 3 times a day for a week more. Drink plenty of water as these (like the sour cherries) work to flush the excess uric acid out of your system so you need to up your water intake.

For gallstones drink 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil and lay on your right side.... gall bladder down. The olive oil will flood into your gall bladder and help to ease the passing of any stones that are small enough to not require surgery.


I cannot stress this point enough..... you will suddenly need the bathroom RIGHT NOW!!! It may take 15 minutes or it could take several hours but it WILL HAPPEN.

The olive oil will pass harmlessly thru your system as well as flushing out any stones and emptying the bile from your gall bladder.

I have not had the pleasure of gallstones but my Father in law did (note the past tense) He did this and it completely cleared up his problem. (nasty greasy green slime was his description of the after effects of this treatment)

еdë §téè£ (еdë §téè£), Thursday, 18 August 2005 02:23 (eighteen years ago) link

2 CUPS of olive oil! Drunk straight! My god.

Jaq (who is not a balding Frenchman) (Jaq), Thursday, 18 August 2005 02:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Ive read of this olive oil flush before. The thing I PHEAR about it is: if fats (like cream and cheese etc) cause gallstone pain, wont PINTS OF OIL be even more painful? Like is this safe? Will it hurt?

I dunno... I might just get an ultrasound to start with ;)

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 02:39 (eighteen years ago) link

The pain is caused from jagged stones trapped in the bile ducts leading to and from the gall bladder. The gall bladder releases the bile to help digest fats but it is unable to pass thru due to the partial and/or complete blockage from the stones.

The sudden ingestion of the massive amount of liquid fat forces the gall bladder to empty plus the lubrication from the oil helps the stuck stones to slide right on out.

Sure, there may be temporary mild discomfort, but figuring the alternative of continued constant pain or surgery...... or if you are lucky your Dr. may use ultrasound to bust up the jagged stones into many smaller even more jagged pieces to let them pass........

It's just a suggestion but it does work if the stones aren't too big.

еdë §téè£ (еdë §téè£), Thursday, 18 August 2005 04:10 (eighteen years ago) link

I didnt think they did the ultrasound shattering thing on gallstones, only on kidney stones? Everything I've read and been told is just "get it removed". Apaz we dont need a gall bladder. Which weirds me out.

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 06:31 (eighteen years ago) link

five months pass...
my boyfriend suffers from gout and he really does suffer. he insists on eating shellfish such as shrimp every friday. he claims it isnt whats bothering him but everything ive read says different. he hates his medicine, says the cherries really do help. its hard to get them in new jersey in the inexperienced in this stuff and would like to be able to help him. just got a computer and am learning how to use it. cant type very well though. aqny suggestions??when he cant play his guitar iknow its real bad.some days his hand some his foot some his knee he does like his meals. is poultry ok for him to be eating? ihavent a clue,nor does he.

Norma Demarest, Thursday, 2 February 2006 16:24 (eighteen years ago) link

You can get dried cherries, if those help him.

There is a lot of information on the web, such as About, but you have to keep in mind that anyone can post anything they like on-line, so really your best resource will be medical professionals.

Jaq (Jaq), Thursday, 2 February 2006 16:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Funny this thread should be revived now - I just had confirmation by ultrasound (took my time, hey) that I dont have gallstones after all; but I may have "sludge" (pre-stone gunk). Am having CT scan soon, to find out more - could be something else like my liver or stomach!

One good thing tho: it forces me to avoid fats. Great diet!

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 2 February 2006 23:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Will you be saved by SONAR?

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 3 February 2006 07:46 (eighteen years ago) link

errr.. eh?

Trayce (trayce), Friday, 3 February 2006 11:02 (eighteen years ago) link

Sorry, that's my brain being odd. Ultrasound is a descendant of sonar, and I just like the idea of being able to tell people "My life was saved by SONAR!"

Casuistry (Chris P), Friday, 3 February 2006 11:27 (eighteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Ow. It's back.

Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Thursday, 12 January 2012 22:31 (twelve years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Ow. It's back.

― Sugary pee is not normal (aldo), Thursday, January 12, 2012 4:31 PM

Looking forward to hobbling through a long bar shift tonight. But I had about a day of warning signs, long enough to get my indomethacin refilled yesterday while I was getting a strep test. So the toe felt broken this morning but just feels badly stubbed now. Ha, fuck you gout!

The Terroir of Tiny Town (WmC), Friday, 10 March 2023 17:04 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

had my first occurrence of a flareup switching feet - it's affected both feet individually in the past, but never resolved in one only to appear in the other until this week.

probably need to get my doctor to prescribe me something long term, it's just a pain in the ass having to pay an expensive deductible only to have a 30 minute consult where they go "ok, you want this drug? cool, wrote the script". but y'know, a necessary one. just have to find a copy of where it was diagnosed years ago.

what home remedies work, in the interim? I've heard everything from NSAIDs, to vitamin C, to just drinking a shit ton of water, etc....on top of, of course, cutting back on rich meat/not drinking alcohol. i have a topical steroid for inflammation I can use as well in the time being.

RICH BRIAN (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 14:27 (six days ago) link

Omg I'm dying. They're giving me predisone

Iacocca Cola (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 May 2024 12:53 (four days ago) link

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