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.
So what happened?
A couple of things could have happened, but I'll focus on what to do during the airplane ride first. I scanned the Internet for similar experiences, and there were. In fact, Gout is only one of the conditions that could cause you pain after a plane ride. I saw a couple of others where your blood vessels will clot. For gout, there are two basic things that impacted me I believe.
- The stiffness in the joints for over half a day caused some fluid build-up in the joints. Movement is important in preventing gout.
- The cranky Northwest stewardesses just gave me around 16 ounces of water in the entire flight. I didn't ask for more either since I didn't want to keep urinating. It was inconvenient.
I think there are also a couple of things I can do before the plane ride that everyone can try as well. Take allopurinol religiously. Admittedly, I skip my medication lots of times. The lower my uric acid can be before the flight, I figure the less chances I would have of getting a gout attack. Thus, from a diet standpoint, a week before the flight, be stricter: less meat, more bananas, citrus and alkaline water.
Take it seriously. The only thing worse than being in excruciating pain is to have that pain away from home and all alone.