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6 thoughts on “Monday – 24 Jan 2011

  1. Firstly, belated happy birthday, JJ! Exactly one week ago today [it’s only Tuesday here].

    Secondly, sorry the gout struck again. I would’ve thought after the last one you’d never, ever forget your meds. 🙁

    You’re a poet and don’t know it! 🙂

    The adobong manok photo looks scrumptious. I’ll check tomorrow to see if you’re feeling better.


    1. Very belated on the birthday, but thank you.
      Normally the gout doesn’t hit again so soon so it took me by surprise. I’ll be sure to take the meds and do my best to prevent another one, whenever it decides to strike.
      Not a poet, just threw together some words that rhymed.
      Yes it does look scrumptious, but Lita’s looks better. I can’t taste the picture, but I’ll bet hers taste better too.

  2. Hey UJ,

    I also am a gout sufferer. I would like to tell you how I have been able to manage what used to be 1-2 week long disabling attacks into attacks that are not very painful and last less than 48 hours.

    First of all, you need to obtain a supply of the drug colchicine 0.6 mg tablets.

    Maybe you already have some of these and they work very slowly. A drug company recently did a study that indicated the old way of taking this drug 2x a day is absolutely wrong. I can report to you from personal experience that this new study is 100% correct.

    What you have to do is take (2) 0.6mg colchicine as soon as you feel a symptom of gout. If you are not sure you can wait until you visually see the swelling. One hour after you have taken the inital dose you take (1) 0.6mg colchicine. You can do this up to twice a day. You should feel improvement as early as the second day and in my last case, I was gout free by the end of the third day. As soon as you feel the gout turn for the better and you can walk you can lower the dose.

    I would also respectfully suggest you ditch that ACE bandage you have around your knee. Most people who are prone to gout suffer an attack as a result of an injury or article of clothing like a poor-fitting shoe that results in poor circulation to a gout-prone area. Putting that ACE bandage on your knee is likely causing you to get the gout in additional places. I got gout on my big toe at least twice due to ankle sprains that I put an ace bandage on overnight.

    Gout is not a bacterial infection so antibiotics are totally useless against it. An anti-inflamatory like Indomethacin is marginally helpful, but in my experience unneccessary.

    When you get over this latest bout, use your allopurinol daily, no excuses. You are getting to be at the age where you are going to begin to suffer permanent disability from this disease if you don’t treat it properly. Tophii and everything else.

    I can lead you to water , but I can’t force you to drink it. I hope for your sake that you give my remedy a try and see if it works for you. I know it has made a huge difference in my life (along with daily allopurinol 300mg).
    Wishing you all the best,


    1. Okay Terrence…first of all thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I would have gotten back to you sooner, but I haven’t been hanging around the computer much the last couple of days.
      I will write down your medicine suggestion (colchicine) and consult my doctor as our bodily circumstances may be different. If you’ve read quite a bit of my blog then you know I only have 1 kidney and I want to be sure that this med does not affect that.
      When I put that ace bandage on, at first, it felt good. After awhile I knew something was going on and ended up taking it off. I’m glad to get a second opinion to know that it wasn’t just my imagination.
      Turns out that the antibiotic I was using needed to be used in conjunction with another med that I didn’t think was necessary (obviously I’m not doctor). I finally got the other drug and it produced results very shortly afterward. If things progress as they have been recently, I think I’ll be able to move around pretty freely tomorrow.
      As far as the Allopurinol goes, I’ve already informed Lita to remind me everyday and if necessary I will put post it notes all over the house to remind me. I plan to take it every morning when I wake up.
      I’m glad you found a solution to your gout problem. It’s a very painful thing for anyone to have to go through. If my doctor approves, I will try your method and hope for similar results.
      Hope you keep reading and commenting.

      1. UJ,

        Glad to help. I don’t think you will have any problem with the colchicine but of course you should discuss it with your doctor. The new dosing study was done in late 2010 so it is possible your doctor will not be familiar with it. I wish I could remember the article but I think it was in the notes to a Wall Street Journal story about how a company successfully re-patented colchicine despite it being a drug over 150 years old. (It’s actually much older, pharohs used the active ingredient to treat their gout thousands of years ago).

        Also be sure to quit taking the allopurinol as soon as you get active gout. Resume taking it after the attack is over. Taking allopurinol during the attack can make it last longer.

        And yes, during my life I have gotten most gout attacks as a result of an injury or an ill-fitting shoe that impacted circulation in my foot, so I advise never using ace bandages or anything else that might impact circulation in gout-prone areas.

        Since I began taking allopurinol daily a year ago I have only gotten gout once and it was immediately after major surgery and anesthesia. I got rid of it in less than 3 days with that colchicine treatment method.

        Good luck and good health to you.

        1. Yeah, I gotta be extra careful with only one kidney.
          I’m glad to hear the Pharohs used colchicine. I think so many of the things they did were advanced for their times and that means they were smart, or at least some of their people were.
          I know about NOT taking Allopurinol during active gout, my doctor in Texas warned me a couple of years ago.
          I now believe in not using the ace bandage during a gout attack and will advice others of the same.
          I had another reader that told me he takes Allopurinol and he has not had another attack at all. So if I can just get my head out of my a$$, and take it, I should be fine. After this last attack (my worst yet), I think I will remember.
          Thanks for you help, it saved me a couple of days of pain, at least.

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