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Gout —

Another day, another gout attack. These things are fantastic.

Gout manifests itself in many ways, in hugely variant amounts of pain or discomfort. For me, I have a range of situations I go through with my gout that makes it especially interesting. Specifically, my left elbow swells up, which lets me know the fun’s coming. Then, my left knee starts to swell. Initially, it’s not a big deal, and I limp a little, but then it swells to the point that you can no longer see any kneecap, and then I basically can’t move.

So, I end up propped in front of a computer or on a couch, kind of lumped there, with enough pain that I can’t quite concentrate on things. That’s been the last couple of days.

This, as I mentioned previously, motivates me to want to really get stuff done when I return to normal. And return I will. Just not today.

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  1. clay says:

    Sorry to hear that. Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Chris Barts says:

    On the plus side, we understand gout well enough now to make you feel bad for not working hard enough at reducing your risk factors. Of course, one of the risk factors is genetic so no blame there. Lucky you.

  3. Todd says:

    Hey, sorry to hear your about your gout episode. I have very occasional, very mild ( relative to what you’re suffering ) gout in my big toe joints.
    My wife taught me a bit of a hack which helps relieve the pain a bit more quickly: Club Soda!
    I know, seems weird, but club soda contains soda bicarbonate, which raises the pH in your body (urine included) , which increases the solubility of the uric acid.

    Anyways, I’m not a doc, your mileage may vary, consult a physician etc. And of course, you may know this already…

  4. Flack O'Hara says:

    The part about being propped up in front of a television or computer for a couple of days sounded pretty good. The pain part, not so much. Get to feeling better!

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