Sunday, April 10, 2011

Gout Attack - Normal Uric Acid Level

My uric acid level has been normal for the past two check-ups, or almost a year.  However, I still get sporadic gout attacks.   I haven't had a nasty one though since I've learned how to nip the attack in the bud, so to speak.  I drink painkillers just when the pain is starting.  The attack usually doesn't continue after that.

But why get the sporadic attacks when my uric acid level is normal?   My guess is that blood tests only measure uric acid in the blood and not the crystallized ones in my joints and the reserves stored in my fat.  Thus all I need is a temporary spike in blood uric acid to push the crystals into painful territory.  I guess that's why the pain lingers a few days after my badminton sessions. 

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Knees and Wrists are Back!

Two years ago, I played an informal 4-on-4 half court basketball with co-workers.  I had a gout attack shortly after that day.  And until a couple of days ago, I've not been able to shoot with my left hand.  Imagine that.  Although I had no "attack", there was sufficient pain to prevent me from shooting with that hand for that long a period. 

Similarly, I've not been able to jump convincingly for about that long too (except in badminton games when my adrenalin is high and the floor is padded).  I'm happy to note that there's some spring in my step again.  Not too much, but enough.  ;-) 

That's how intense gout and uric acid build-up can be.  It prevents movement for long periods of time.  Hopefully, with the normalization of my uric acid level, my joint movements will continue to improve.  ;-)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Attack Prone

Want to hear something odd?  About a month ago, I got the results of my latest blood test.  Apparently, my uric acid level is mid-range normal. Imagine that! But here's the twist.  The very day that I was getting the results, I was also limping since I was in the middle of a gout attack.  Say what?

Rewind a week or so.  I felt great so I decided to play badminton.  And I had an intense 2-hour session.  That afternoon, I was already in pain.  And so my almost 1-year attack ceasefire was broken.   Sigh.  So anyway, a few days later I was still in pain and I was hobbling around St. Lukes, celebrating my normal uric acid level. 

The even funnier thing is that I had Dengue right after this attack.  I guess I should think twice before playing badminton again.  It brings about bad health things. And I wasn't even that good when I played!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Failing Grades

Oh dear.  It looks like there will be a lot more entries in the future.  I just got my test results today.  My uric acid level jumped from +8 to +11.   That's more than twice the normal level.  It's as bad as my cholesterol.   It's a major (but pleasant) surprise that I haven't had any gout attacks for almost a year considering my uric acid level.  I wonder why.  Hmmm...could be the hot weather.  Watch out for my future painful adventures...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cherries to Prevent and Cure Gout

by Christian Parlade

When I did my initial research on gout prevention and cure, one of the most frequently mentioned cure is cherries.  I just never really paid attention before because cherries aren't available locally in Manila (or at least none that I know of).  Instead, I focused on bananas, which is very popular among gout sufferers too and is a dime a dozen here. 

Anyway, since I haven't had an attack in months, I figured I'd satisfy my research itch and find out why the cherry is being touted as the best counter-gout food.  Supposedly, Cherries lower uric acid and helps sooth gout-caused inflammation.  I checked the cherry nutritional information and other properties and found that:
  • Cherries contain about 16% of the RDA for Vitamin C.  In a past entry, I wrote about how Vitamin C helps with gout.   Among others, Vitamin C minimizes the production of uric acid and maximizes the excretion of uric acid by increasing uric acid absorption by the kidneys.  
  • Cherries contain about 9% of the RDA for Potassium.  In a past entry, I wrote about how Potassium helps liquefy uric acid to make it more water soluble and therefore be more efficiently discharged through urination. 
  • Cherries prevent collagen destruction.  Collagen is used by the body to form connective tissue.
  • Cherries contain anthocyanins, which helps fight the tissue swelling and repair damaged tissues.  Anthocyanins supposedly also help lower uric acid level. 
And that's it!  Four big reasons why cherries should be high on the diet list of gout sufferers.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Prevent a Gout Attack After a Plane Ride

Around two years ago, I had a 13-hour flight to Seattle.  And since my dad is not a crook and I don't have an Internet company ready for IPO, I had an economy class seat.  ;-) Well it was uncomfortable enough.  I had a window seat somewhere at the back so very little movement was possible.  I was also pretty far from the rest room so I sucked it in and just bore my thirst.  Naturally, by the time I walked out, my entire body was stiff.

That evening, I went out for some Burrito and beer in the 13 degree weather.  Yummy!  The morning after, I was already in pain.  By afternoon, I was hobbling.  By early evening, I couldn't even walk and had trouble sleeping because my knee was throbbing in pain like you can't imagine.  Now, multiply that experience by 7 more days and you'll understand what I went through.

Friday, March 5, 2010

How Alkaline Ionized Water Helps Cure Gouty Arthritis

By Christian Parlade

When a person has gouty arthritis, it means that the uric acid level in his body is high. For example, the normal range for uric acid is 3.4 - 7 mg/dl. My personal results show 8.26 as of late 2009. If maintained, it will lead to uric acid crystal formation, which in turn causes the extremely painful gout attacks. How does alkaline water come in to the picture?

In controlling gout, you can either minimize uric acid production (eating low purine food) or maximize uric acid excretion (doing both works best of course). Alkaline water helps with the latter. Now, uric acid is generally expelled primarily through the urine and secondarily through sweat. That's why hydration is very important and why you would see in many articles that gout sufferers should drink lots of fluids. The more water in the body, the more uric acid can be expelled.