Patient discussion about gout

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Q. Is gout hereditary?

My Mother has gout for a few years now. Is it hereditary? Does this mean I too will get it in the future?
A1most likely, yes!

If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop it also, yet, just because someone in the family suffers from gout does not mean everyone in that family will have the disease. This risk varies from person to person.

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A2In addition to an inherited abnormality in handling uric acid, other risk factors for developing gout include obesity, excessive weight gain, especially in youth, moderate to heavy alcohol intake, high blood pressure, and abnormal kidney function. Certain drugs, such as thiazide diuretics, low-dose aspirin, niacin, cyclosporine, tuberculosis medications (pyrazinamide and ethambutol), and others can also cause elevated uric acid levels in the blood and lead to gout. In patients at risk of developing gout, certain conditions can precipitate acute attacks of gout. These conditions include dehydration, injury to the joint, fever, excessive dining, heavy alcohol intake, and recent surgery.
A3Gout is often related to an inherited abnormality in the body's ability to process uric acid. However, this does not mean you will develop gout as there are other risk factors which come into the equation too.

Q. How is gout treated?

After a lot of tests, my Doctor concluded that I have gout. What treatment should I expect? Is gout curable?
A1There are basically three types of treatment for gout arthritis : corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID- ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen), and medication that lowers uric acid levels, such as allopurinol (Zylopric) or probenecid, also may be prescribed to help prevent a gout attack.

Colchicine is used to treat acute gout attack and usually begins working within few hours of taking it. Low doses of colchicine are also used to prevent attacks. These drugs are recommended for people who have had multiple attacks of gout, kidney stones due to uric acid, or tophi.

The goal of lowering the blood uric acid is to slowly dissolve deposits of uric acid in the joint.
A2I can tell you what works for me. If I feel a gout attack coming on, and usually it will wake me up in the night, then I immediately get up and drink several large glasses of cherry juice. I also starve it by not eating for a day or two. I also take panathetic acid daily which helps a lot. If this seems drastic to you then you haven't suffered the severe, crippling attacks that I have that have left me bed ridden for weeks at a time. I have found that you can stop an attack early, just don't wait until morning if you feel it in the night. It may be too late. Good luck.
A3To stop a gout attack quickly, your doctor can prescribe a large daily dose of one or more medicines. The doses will get smaller as your symptoms go away.
To prevent future attacks, your doctor can prescribe a medicine to reduce uric acid buildup in your blood.
To ease the pain during a gout attack, rest the joint that hurts. Taking anti-inflammatory medicine can also help you feel better.
Changing the way you eat can help you manage your gout. Eat a healthy mix of foods so you get the nutrients you need. Limit foods like meat, fish, and beer. Drink plenty of water and other fluids.

Q. what is the connection between gout and drinking cokes?

There was an article in your magazine earlier this year about how drinking cokes could affect gout....can I get a copy of that artical?
A1Men who consume two or more sugary soft drinks a day have an 85% higher risk of gout compared with those who drink less than one a month.
This is because soft drinks contain large quantities of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a common sweetener in soft drinks, which results in Hyperuricemia in blood.
Hyperuricemia, in turn predispose the body for gout.
(taken from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gout )
A2I Don't know much about the sugar side of Gout but, I do know for a fact that Purins are a major factor in Gout. Things like you might not expect, like Cold Cuts, Hot Dogs, Sausages.Anything with processed meats seem to have this affect. Down here in Louisiana, Boudan is a main staple. It's a Sausage that is wonderful but gives me gout everytime. So I only eat it when the cravings are to much for me to handle. I have a history of gout . Also the md's say that Chemo might be a factor.
A3I've found that STRESS is the main trigger for my gout attacks.

Q. Has anyone used Kangen Water?

Its alkaline with high antioxidants and micro clustered oxygen molecules (Japanese Technology) Enagic Manufactures it.
A1on a site (http://kangen-water.ws/) they say to clean up the organic waste which is in your body, but they say nothing about the anorganic stuff. so the question is for what it should be usefull, when it works only partially? if you like to drink a healthy water to keep your body in good shape, buy a still water in glass bottles - not plastic because this is anorganic - write on the bottle a good quality like "love", "harmony", "peace", "purity" and so on it. with this word you will "charge" the water with this quality. wait a day before you drink the water. you will so bring the water in your cells in resonance with this water and so impregnate yourself with the quality you have chosen. for more information about this, consult Dr. Masaru Emoto's website http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/e_ome_home.html . Water is not just H²O!
A2from the dawn of times people were always afraid of death and disease. and from the dawn of times other people used that fact in order to make easy profit out of it. there's always someone who tries to sell "wonder potions" that can cure cancer, kill any bacteria, immune against any fungal infection and make barren women fertile as the fields of the garden of eden... just because they gave it a fancy "scientific" explanation - doesn't make it true.
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