posted on May, 5 2011 @ 07:57 AM
Suffered from gout in my 20's and 30's. Also known as gouty arthritis. Basic cause is excess purines in the blood, treatment is allopurinol. Big
list of stuff NOT to eat: organ meats, meat juice, alcohol/wine, white bread, mushrooms - all kinds of weird stuff. I find that the arthritic pain in
the lower extremeties is exacerbated during the xmas holidays when I tend to indulge in champagne. For a week or so around New Years Eve I expect a
visit from mr. gout which is cured by doubling my intake of "pure" (not chlorinated or flourided) water and strictly eating "right" for about a
week. My purine levels never approach abnormal "gouty" levels, I'm vigilant about pain management.
I'll also state that eating is a huge factor. Here in Texas a lot of folks' idea of eating right is a Chicken Fried Steak with mashed potatoes,
gravy and pinto beans - or some corn tortillas made with lard, refried beans, spicy meat and rice smothered in cheese or chili gravy - other regions
have their colloquial wisdom when it comes to "eating right". Green salad, grilled meats (no juice) and simple vegetables go a long way towards
avoiding gout symptoms - reducing the intake of sweets, grains, breads, etc. pretty much completes the regimen.