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Come talk to me about Gout

(5 Posts)
nappyzonecantrunfortoffee Mon 12-Oct-09 20:48:51

Dh seems to have it and is in absolute agony. He had a bout about a yr ago and has been ok since. A couple of weeks ago i stopped buyign biscuits and tried to instill some more healthy eating into him so naturally this bout is all my fault! Anyhows doc said today when inflammationg goes down perhaps run some blood tests and test kidney functions and also asked about diabetes. Generally hes in good health, not over weight though i have seen it creep on slightly round his face as he has a bad cake habit, he keeps fit and drinks about 2 pints a week of light lager after squash and were not rich so please dont link with rich living! What can we do to help him and what coudl be causing it? Dies abyone else have a young ish partner who has bouts of it. He is only 38. Helpfully my mum said my grandad age 92 died of gout hmm

student123 Mon 12-Oct-09 23:58:43

I have had two attacks of gout in my big toe. The doctor was mystified initially - he said gout is usually seen in overweight men over 50 who drink a lot (especailly beer or red wine) and eat red meat. The first time I was 20, didn't eat any red meats, wasn't at all overweight, and didn't drink!

Your DH has my sympathy as it is so, so painful - I was up in the middle of the night crying because it hurt so much.

Doctor initially just gave me NSAIDS, but second time mentioned running tests on kidneys etc. He said he'd never seen it in a pre-menopausal woman before blush.

However, he also went over my diet with me and suggested it might be caused by eating too much seafood - i ate LOADS of oily fish which apparently has lots of purines and can cause gout. Also found in asparagus, cauliflower and some other veg if eaten to excess i think. Could this apply to your DH? I cut down on these and, touch wood, seems to have done the trick so far.

nappyzonecantrunfortoffee Tue 13-Oct-09 13:01:17

Yes his is in his big toe area - he didndnt give him anything so hes just taking his own ibuprofen but still in agony. tbh none of those food stuffs spring to mind - i have just read some stuff to avoid and am stucjk as to what to do for tea now!! I wonder what he can eat to help get these nasties out of his system and more cleansed in future?

Hope yours stays away.

moshie Wed 14-Oct-09 18:29:58

My DH started suffering from gout at about that age, the GP said that it's hereditary. He takes Allopurinol to keep the levels of uric acid down. Lots of info here

nappyzonecantrunfortoffee Wed 14-Oct-09 19:54:24

thanks moshie i will direct him to that link.... its day 7 now and its not relenting - hoping it will ease soon as hes turning into a right pita though i am trying to be sypathetic the fact he is hobbling off to work then hobbling about on it cant be helping grrrrrrrr

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