What Gout and Corona Virus Have In Common

Last Update: March 30, 2020

**This post is not related to affiliate marketing.** I just wanted to share an epiphany.

If there's one lesson we can all learn from the Corona virus, it's to never take anything for granted. This includes toilet paper, the easily accessible supply of food in the supermarkets, being able to stay close to our loved ones or simply being able to walk outside to enjoy the weather.

I have a condition called Gout which is a build-up of uric acid in the joints. If you look at uric acid under a microscope, it looks like tiny shards of broken glass. This creates a lot of damage and severe inflammation to the joints(usually the big toe). Mine is in the right ankle.

This condition is extremely painful. Some say the pain can be compared to giving birth. I haven't given birth but now I have an idea. The pain is unrelenting no matter which position you put your foot in. An analogy would be to imagine whacking your big toe or ankle with a lead pipe a few times. You get the picture.

It has the power to give a man a different perspective. It taught me to never take something so simple, which is the ability to walk normally, for granted. Ever. I promised myself to hit the gym when I fully recover. I feel 80% better since it started 3 weeks ago. Now when I wake up and put both feet on the floor, I say a silent prayer "Thank you, Lord"

How To Prevent Gout

  • Minimize red meat, seafood such as shrimp, lobster, sardines, anchovies, tuna, trout, mackarel & haddock.
  • Drink plenty of water. Never allow yourself to be dehydrated
  • Avoid excessive sugar and processed foods
  • Strengthen your kidneys so it can filter uric acid more efficiently. Gout is actually a symptom of weakened kidneys/kidney stones.

Hope this helps!

Sonny


PS. the picture above isn't my feet

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BarnBytes Premium
Hi Sonny,

I too have gout and touch wood have not had an attack since march 2019. I'ts the most painful thing I've ever been through .. i wanted to saw my leg off! I tend to get it in my right knee and it swells to double the size. It's literally cripling and It renders me sofa bound for weeks. My doctor said I should still exersise the knee when it is swollen, he clearly has no idea what he's talking about. I had to go to hospital where the doctor put 4 needles under my kneecap and wiggled them around to release the crystals along with all the bright orange fluid (looked like Lucozade)..anyway whilst laying down on his bed, I nearly booted him in the head as he told me to stop being such a baby and that it couldn't hurt that much !!! I never want to have this done again ..ever.!

I have 1 x Allipurinol tablet every morning and drink diluted apple cider vingar, I cut out all the foods you mentioned above .(except tuna..not sure why , need to check that out) I also stopped drinking beer as its the worst for the condition.

I can feel when I've had too much purines because I get twinges in my knee so know when to stop having things that I shouldn't.

Anyway enough about me , It's a great post and it's nice to see someone actually agrees that it hurts like hell!

Congrats on your first commission.
Have a great day
Jason.
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Sonny40 Premium
Jason, omg ................. I feel your pain. Almost literally.
It also crossed my mind to saw my foot off, and I would have if grew back. And yes, on top of the pain, it's depressing because it rendered me useless. I'm a full-time city bus driver and I have it on my driving foot so I'm definitely off work until this heals.
I'm glad you recovered and yes, knock on wood - I hope it never comes back. I also started taking allopurinol. I take it as a blessing in disguise because now I'm more conscious of my health.

Thank bud, later
Sonny
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Wdcope Premium
I have never had it, but with over 18 surgeries for kidney stones I am sure the pain is excruciating. I hope your diet works well to keep this in check. one's diet as I have found out for kidneys is very important and is the same with gout. Thanks for sharing.
Take care,
Bill
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Sonny40 Premium
18 surgeries!!! wow. That's intense.

I hope you're feeling better.

I've started to adopt a "Gout-friendly" diet. I hope I can stick to it.

Sonny
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Sonny,

I am happy to hear that is not your foot on the photo.
Our body talks to us but we do not know the language and that means we will continue doing the things we should not do.
Having gout a super detox is asked for. You can achieve that with a good fasting cure of at least a week.
I am a fan of lemon water which I drink every morning on an empty stomach.
Stay safe and healthy,

Taetske
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Sonny40 Premium
Thank you very much, Taetske!
2 lemons in 2 liters - I'll do that starting today.

Thanks!

Sonny
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lesabre Premium
Hi Sonny,

I suffered from gout for a while but I have been able to have got rid of it. Wow what a difference.

I did leave you a PM with a link to my article. I hope you find it helpful. It certainly relieved my pain.

Best wishes,
Michael
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Sonny40 Premium
Michael! I read your article - amazing stuff!

That was the most comprehensive post I've ever read. It was well

over 4,300 words excluding comments!

I left a comment.

Thanks again!

Sonny
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lesabre Premium
Thank you Sonny, I hope you found something there that will help you with your gout. Appreciate you leaving a comment. I haven't be on my site for a bit.

All the best,
Michael
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DavePage Premium
I've had a bout of Gout for several weeks now, I went to the Doctor who prescribed pain relief and anti inflammatories.
I don't eat most of the foods I need to avoid anyway but what I'm mostly guilty of is keeping myself properly hydrated. I can go weeks without drinking much water which I suspect is a contributory factor to this condition.
Since I started with this pain, I now habitually drink at east 1.5 litres of water every day without fail and it has now become 2nd nature.

The Doctor made a booking for me to get a blood test and an X-ray to check for anything underlying but in light of our global enemy Corona, I am not going to tie up any medical professional's time with something so trivial when they have far mote important things to do.

The one thing I can't do just yet is run, therefore I'm busy doing upper body workouts instead.
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Sonny40 Premium
Hi Dave,

I've started to do the same. I drink at least half a liter of water first thing in the morning.

When you go get your blood work done, try to come in the morning because they may close really early like what happened to me.

Stay hydrated!

Sonny
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lesabre Premium
Hi Dave,

Hope you don't mind but I sent you a PM on gout remedies, and pain relief. I hope you find it helpful. It certainly helped me.

Best wishes,
Michael
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