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    Smile Gout - the 'disease of kings'

    A friend of mine is suffering from Gout.

    "Often called the 'disease of kings' because of its association with the rich foods and copious alcohol once available only to aristocrats, gout is staging a middle-class comeback as American society grows older and heavier. "

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/he...gout.html?_r=0

    A humorous story about Gout, from an American founding father and general party animal, Benjamin Franklin:

    http://www.bartleby.com/109/3.html

    "FRANKLIN. Eh! Oh! eh! What have I done to merit these cruel sufferings?

    GOUT. Many things; you have ate and drank too freely, and too much indulged those legs of yours in their indolence.

    FRANKLIN. Who is it that accuses me?

    GOUT. It is I, even I, the Gout. "

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    Default Re: Gout - the 'disease of kings'

    Gout is no laughing matter.
    It is extremely painful and quite often very hard to mitigate.
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    Default Re: Gout - the 'disease of kings'

    Gout (also known as podagra when it involves the big toe) is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis—a red, tender, hot, swollen joint.

    High levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) is the underlying cause of gout. This can occur for a number of reasons, including diet, genetic predisposition, or underexcretion of urate, the salts of uric acid.

    So laughing at someone about their drinking isn't helpful.
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    Default Re: Gout - the 'disease of kings'

    I think you've missed the point. Benjamin Franklin's story about gout is humorous, not the condition.

    Similarly, I've heard several comedy routines from comedians with Parkinson. As you can imagine, everyone was very nervous about laughing.

    Looking to the bright side, instead of wallowing in self-pity, is always the best medicine.

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    Had it in a mild form several years ago. It disappeared after a few months never to return.
    Bugger the cancer. I'm suffering from terminal inertia.

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    Default Re: Gout - the 'disease of kings'

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Had it in a mild form several years ago. It disappeared after a few months never to return.
    Lucky bastard!
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    Default Re: Gout - the 'disease of kings'

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Had it in a mild form several years ago. It disappeared after a few months never to return.
    I had it about 22 years ago in my big toe , it was too painful to even rest a bed sheet on it.
    It visited me again in my index finger just before Christmas 2013 with a swelling to twice the normal size and infinitely too painful to left click a mouse!
    Moral...... never say never Greg and make a note in your long term diary!!!!!

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    Default Re: Gout - the 'disease of kings'

    I had it a year or so ago, so b***** painful it was impossible to walk on my feet. Woke up with it and had to crawl on my hands and knees to the bathroom, took me about 10 minutes (just as well I didn't have diarrhea). Dr made a house call, then the pharmacist delivered the prescription which worked within 30 minutes. Tests showed it was triggered by spinach of all things. So I stopped my daily indulgence of poached eggs on a nest of steamed spinach and ham to once a week ...
    I have very high hopes that seriousness is a reversible condition.

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    Used to be a regular sufferer, cut down on draught beer and sugar, have been really good since.
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    Had it once in my knee. Painful as. One of my medications increased my susceptibility to it, so that one is gone.

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