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Try These Natural Remedies For Gout Attacks


US Vice President Cheney recently visited the hospital when he experienced shortness of breath. This was apparently a minor crisis, but it demonstrates the dilemma of treating pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Representatives for Mr. Cheney told the New York Times that the VP’s shallow breathing was the result of fluid buildup in his lungs, caused by an anti-inflammatory drug. He’d been using the drug to address pain from chronic foot problems that include tendonitis and possibly gout.

As most people are aware, Mr. Cheney’s health is complicated by a serious heart condition that’s being treated with a host of drugs, according to the Times. But if his foot pain is mostly gout related, maybe someone from his medical team will have the wisdom to add a simple home remedy to his drug regimen.

Cherries may cut the duration of a gout attack in half

An HSI member named Max apparently has something in common with the Vice President. Max recently sent an e-mail with this simple request: ‘What is good for Gout?’

To answer that question I’ll start with the culprit: uric acid.

Most gout patients have inherited a genetic condition that inhibits the excretion of uric acid. Kidney failure and a high intake of diuretic drugs or diuretic foods (such as liver) can also cause this problem. The other precursor of gout – the excessive production of uric acid – is triggered by hereditary factors too, as well as excessive alcohol consumption and obesity.

In the e-Alert ‘Effective relief from gout pain’ (6/2/04), I told you about a colleague of mine here at HSI named Ramsey who has coped with gout for several years. When Ramsey was first diagnosed he did some research and came across what was described as an old wives tale: Cherries relieve gout. The source he found said to eat two pounds of cherries at the onset of an attack. That’s a lot of cherries, but when he tried it, the duration of his gout attacks was cut in half.

Ramsey also found helpful advice from a book, titled ‘Getting Rid of Gout: A Guide to Management and Prevention’ by Bryan Emerson (Oxford University Press, 1996), which has information about foods that can trigger gout attacks (such as fish, broccoli, asparagus, coffee and orange juice), and tips for lessening the effects of an attack (such as drinking cherry juice, in addition to eating cherries). Drinking lots of water also helps flush uric acid from the system.

Organ meat is another trigger that Ramsey has to steer clear of. In fact, high protein diets in general can increase uric acid production and aggravate gout symptoms.

Other remedies for gout include celery and yoga

In previous e-Alerts I’ve shared messages from HSI members who have found natural ways to treat gout.

A member named Ernie wrote: ‘Celery seed will stop gout attacks, and it has many other benefits.’ Several other members wrote to suggest using celery seed, which can be taken in extract form. In addition to gout relief, celery seed is also reputed to reduce inflammation, calm muscle spasms and fight bacteria.

Another botanical used to reduce gout pain is extract of juniper, rich in antioxidant flavonoids. A member named Lee writes: ‘A friend who also has gout suggested Juniper. It works well for me and relief is usually within a few hours! I take 2,500 mg capsules 2 or 3 times the first day. I then take 1 cap. 3x/day until the pain is gone completely, rarely more that 3 days.’

A visit to the chiropractor was so effective for a member named Kris that she categorizes it as a cure. And practicing yoga might lead to relief, according to a member named CL who says, ‘I teach the Bikram Style of Hatha Yoga and I have seen many students heal their gout pain thru Yoga.’

The next time you feel a gout attack coming on; make a grab for the cherries and not the medications that may have side-effects like the Vice President experienced.

Bear in mind all the material in this email alert is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

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  • My father has had gout for nearly 17 years and now he’s reached a severe stage where he has tophi forming on his joints(elbows). the part that pains swells up and the tophi burst releasing white fluid which we suppose to be accumulated uric acid…is there any way we can now control or even cure it?

  • Allopurinol Drug has side effects. Gout can be managed in natural ways. But u must be in proper diet control. Cherry , Celery Seed, Nettle, Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, Rosehip, Parsly are the best for Lowering the Uric Acid. All available in capsule form. Try it.

  • Magical Remedy For Gout: Habbe-Surinjan Pills. Magical Remedy For Uric Acid: Celery Seed Extract Tablets. Try It & say good bye to Gout.

  • My gout started ten years ago. At the beginning I was having attacks. The pain was the most severe that I’ve ever experienced by far. I have tried all the cures you can imagine. I tried ACV, lemons, drinking a lot of water, but to no avail… my gout was worsening. Then I decided to increase the amount of fruit I was consuming, thinking that if some fruit is healthy, more fruit will be more healthy. My gout instead of improving it became chronic ,it was there all the time. Then one day accidentally I read an article
    about fructose. I stopped eating fruit and all other sugars, for a period of 3 weeks, and by magic I saw a dramatic improvement. Pain was gone, swelling was gone, I was fine.
    Fructose was my enemy.

  • Here is my story. It was the middle of the night. I opened my eyes and was awakened by earth shattering pain. My big toe was throbbing. In fact it felt like a towering inferno.
    I turned on the light and was startled to see that my great toe was 3 times its normal size. It was bright red and red hot, just like a firecracker and the pain was the most severe that I’ve ever experienced by far.
    The suffering that I had to endure was almost unbelievable.
    That was over ten years ago. At the beginning I was having attacks
    every 6 months. Then gradually I was getting them every 3 months, then every month and eventually
    every week.It started at my big toe and then it was moving sometimes in my knees,and generally
    all around my joints, in my feet.And the pain was agonising.
    I have tried all the cures you can imagine.I tried ACV, lemons, drinking a lot of water, but to no avail.
    I tried water fasting, juice fasting,baking soda, again without success.
    I almost gave up meat, limiting it to only once a week ,gave up alcohol completely,again no success.
    I was living on vegetables, lots and lots of fresh fruit, milk ,cheese beans and so on .My eating habits
    could not be healthier ,or so I thought.But my gout was worsening.
    Then I decided to increase the amount of fruit I was consuming, thinking that if some fruit is healthy, more
    fruit will be more healthy.Some days I was eating fruit only ,others over 10 portions a day.
    And alas my gout instead of improving it became chronic ,it was there all the time.
    I was desperate I did not know what to do.And then one day accidentally I read an article about fructose,
    which is contained in fruit in large quantities.It said that it increases uric acid, in a matter of minutes.
    Fructose is also present in table sugar, and in HFCS, which is used in soft drinks.
    I put two and two together and realised what I was doing wrong.
    I stopped eating fruit and all other sugars, for a period of 3 weeks,and by magic I saw a dramatic
    improvement.Pain was gone, swelling was gone, I was fine.
    I re introduced fruit again in my diet but reducing them to 1 or 2 a day, and my gout almost disappeared.
    I do eat more meat now, and occasionally have an alcoholic drink, and thank God everything seems to be fine.
    Fructose was my enemy.

  • I discovered I had gout about a year ago, I actually thought I had broken some bones in my foot it was that painful.I do not like taking medication at all so it was a matter of changing eating habits. I take half a teaspoon of bicarb in a glass of water 3 times a day. I have half of avo pear mixed with fresh parsley on toast for breakfast (bacon butty’s are now out) most fresh herbs help, but they must be fresh dried ones are no good, starting a small herb garden was easy. Nearly all berries help, not just cherries. I eat grapes and strawberries on a regular basis. I have almost cut out beer completely but still enjoy the odd guinness and my scotch. I think it is very important to drink large quantities of water throughout the day. The main thing is to keep your uric acid level low, so have a blood test to check the level.
    All this has worked for me, I have not had an attack for many months.

  • I suffered from gout for many years and, as sufferers know, was in extreme pain. I was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs with limited success. My doctor eventually prescribed Allopurinol. After research I was not happy with the prognosis of the side effects and decided to look for a natural cure. I ‘discovered’ Tart Cherry Capsules and have not looked back since – I have been gout free for 6 years and gave up Allopurinol within 3 months of being prescribed. The capsules are available from Longer Health (in the UK) and I take a daily dose of 2 capsules (AM and PM).

  • Gout can be managed by Unani Medicine without any side effects. Take Majun-Suranjan 10 grams with Habb-e-Asgand 2 pills at the bed time, You can see the result with in a day. It works very well. The medicine are available at all Unani Medical stores. If you can get Epsom salt, U can soak your feet in hot water by adding one cup Epsom salt for half n hour b4 going to bed. Try it and forget about Gout. Thank You

  • I have been suffering from gout since I was 24, i’m now 29. Gout has to be one of the most painfull and anoying things that I have had to put up with, it can effect on work and social life really badly as I like to work hard and play hard I find this very deppressing!
    Obviously diet and exercise are the major areas where you can help to moderate attacks I need to work harder on both of these as my attacks are still occuring at least twice a year and have been known to last for a long time upto 4 weeks or so.
    Many things have been sugested for treatment, the most affective non perscribed method being Cherry juice (concentrate) etc, I have also been told about grapefruit seed extract, I have not tried this yet but think it must be worth a go as the pain of Gout makes giving almost anything a try!
    Hope you can find a way to end your gout returning.

  • GOUT: A new Ayurveda Formula for GOUT : G-Amrita Capsules from Shree Dhanwantri Herbals(India) & Rheumallin-S(Syrup) from Ajmera Pharma(India). These medicines are 100% pure Herbs. It stops Gout & reduce Uric Acid. Thank You Kannan Erode, India

  • Be carefull when you take allopurinol tabs the side effects are sometimes as bad as the gout! after nine months Ihad stiffness in my neck muscles which I put down to inactivity I managed to sort that out by stretching and forcing the muscles quite an effort but now I have terrible pain in the upper arms not in the joints but in the muscles the doc says to stop the meds and hope for the best hes now monitoring the blood to see what other meds he can prescribe

  • I’m suffering with gout yet again, my other half works nights and I’m having to keep lifting my son everywhere, I’m on indometacin and drinking cherry juice but not really having any effect, any advice?

  • There is Very Good Medicines In UNANI For GOUT. Munjoon Surinjan. Hab E Surinjan, Hab E Asgand. These medicines Are 100% Safe & It readuce the URIC ACID. These medicines r available in all UNANI PHARMA. THANK YOU. Kannan Erode.

  • Gout – Feels like someone busted your big toe with a hammer and you don’t even want a sheet to touch it. If advil helps you probablr have something else.What you need is 10mg hydrocodene+steriods +antiflammatories and bing cherry juice can help.If it continues( 5 or more outbreaks) you need to get on allapurinol and stay on it before the gout gets in your other joints.Drink at least 8 pints of water daily and if you measure it that is a lot.

  • There are many Medicine in INDIAN AYURVEDHA for URIC ACID & GOUT. Medicine list: Kaishore Guggulu Tablets, Celery Seed Extract Tablets, Dr, URI Capsules, Goutnil Capsules, Navkarshik Churanam. These medicine will cure Gout & Low down the URIC ACID from the body naturally with out any side effects. For more information see Indian ayurvedha for GOUT in Google serch.

  • stop consuming alcohol and fatty stuffs. dont take protein. carbo diet with plenty of fruits and green salad is very good to lower uric acid. Stop Non-Veg n go for veg diet. Drink 3 liters of water a day. do not skip the meals or fast. sleep early. Celery Seed Extract Tablets are very good for Gout. Take in Empty stomach in morning n evening. dont drink soft drinks. put axe oil on affected part, dont massage, jus apply n keep ur feet in a bucket of hot water for 10 min. take fresh cheery fruits how much ever u can. avoid- mushroom, califlower,spanish.tomotto,lime,orange.

  • Hi all, my first attack was three years ago and stopped me from working for weeks. Though it was a one off but just had my second on and have been battling it for a week. From what I,ve learned previously I’m doing better but still struggling to walk. I’m doing it all natural this time. Combination of apple cyder vinegar, cherry juice, bi-carb, devils claw etc. It’s good to read everyones comments!

  • My partner’s dad used to suffer from gout and he swore by cranberry juice. I think that I have just started to get it. Had the pain on and off for three weeks now. Tried cranberry juice and the pain seems to have subsided somewhat after just half an hour. Off out to buy some more, will look out for cherries aswell

  • Ive been a gout sufferer for about 7 years now, currently having an attack in my right hand. Normally find that strong diclofenac tabs from the doc clear it within a day or so, but will look at the cherry idea so I’m not pestering the doc anymore.

  • This was all news to me! I was suffering from pain in knees, really sore/swollen feet achillies tendons, and just one big toe had severe pain like I wanted it to be crushed. I can walk but each time I get up its just agony until I managed to walk it off a little. But the pain is still there always.
    I’m goint to the doctors tomorrow about this.
    Thanks for all the info .

  • I have had gout 4 a month the doc gave me naproxen which helped at first it’s my feet & ankles that worry me the most hot & pricking sensations really make me feel ill, so i best try the cherries & hope they help. GOOD LUCK every one and relief.

  • Had my first attack at 33 in my big toe. over the course of 17 years I’ve had attacks in both feet, knees, elbows and fingers. For me diclofenac tabs work but only if you take them at the very first twinge you get in a joint, then drinking plenty of water. I will try celery, cherry juice & bicarb to see if it helps prevent and relieve attacks. Alcohol and bad diet are definitely two of the triggers but there is also one that has not yet been mentioned yet and that is, do not fast for long periods or go on a very restrictive diet. If I miss a couple of meals in a day this tends to increase my uric acid levels the next day which increases the risk of an attack.

  • Having an attack in my second toe at moment pain not as bad as in the past thanks to diclofenic tabs, montmerency cherries cocentrate from holland and barrett normally does the trick for me good luck to all of you sufferers you have my best wishes,i also think too much world cup alchohol hasnt helped, was it worth it…

  • I’ve suffered from gout for about six years now (I’m 39.) It alternates between the big toes on each foot (left, right, left, right!)

    Mine seems to be brought about by stressful conditions. Previous attacks have followed stressful periods at work and the stress from moving home.

    I’ve recently been under a lot of stress at work and lo and behold I wake up this morning with another bout of gout.

    At least it’s not as bad as previous ones. My toe is sore and stiff but I can walk reasonably well with only a slight limp.

    Will stick to the usual: painkillers, lots of water and plenty of fruit and veg. Will try and get some cherries or cherry juice.

    My sympathies are will you all – I know what you’re going through!

  • i’m 32 and had my first gout attack – it lasted less than a day. It started yesterday evening during dinner. i was trying to remember if i knocked my big toe or anything. went to sleep with a paracetamol for the pain. This morning i went to the doctor and he diagnozed me with gout. Within a few hours, taking 2 colchichine pills, the pain was gone. I immediately went to play tennis ! I really dont fit in the gout-profile: no family history, lots of exercise, moderate consumption of alcohol and food, and i live in a tropical country. Maybe it’s my 4-6 coffee a day with 2 lumps of sugar each? And I eat meat 2x daily.. definately gonna cut down on those, because, even though it was less than a day, i dont want this ever again.

  • I have had the gout for 30 years. Attacks occurring about 3 times a year and last a week or two. Lately they have been getting closer together and each one more severe. I take colchizine when I feel an attack coming on. Sometimes it stops it on a dime. Am guzzling cherries – 2lbs since yesterday. Steak, hamburgers and wine brought this one on. But, I found a new tool to measure my uric acid level. Have been using it for three weeks now and am amazed at how fast my uric acid can rise or fall depending on what I eat or what I do for it. Example: yesterday at 9:30 pm it was at 7.9. This morning it was already down to 7.0 and my foot already feels a lot better. It works just like a blood sugar testor. I am looking into marketing this device in the US. Everyone should have one if you have the gout.

  • Hey everyone. I’m 26 and have had gout now for about 6 years, but only just found out what the pain is. I can sympothise with you all!! The pain is unbareable. I get it in my heel and middle toes. I’m gonna try the cherries. I’ll let you all know how i get on. In the middle of an attack now, need to do something!!!

  • Had my first attack in 2005 age 40. Unlike most people on here i’ve never had attack in toes. It started in my left knee and after i was diagnosed didn’t have an attack until last year. Since then i’ve had it in both elbows and now my right knee. After being initally prescribed naproxen i am now on allupurinol but the attacks are now at least monthly. I’m in the middle of an attack now and just had a load of cherry juice & blueberries. Iam also of the beer (six weeks now) and drink loads of water. I’ll post again if the cherry juice works. Good luck to all fellow sufferers, i know your pain.

  • Im 37… Boy this sucks! I’ve had an attack which is now 3 weeks long. I can wlak but every step is painful. Eating raw lemons seems to help, and soda… But be careful with soda as its no good for your ticker. Need fresh cherries… but cannot find em.. 🙁


  • my husband was recommended selinium ace as a preventive measure one tablet a day took a while to work had his first servere attack in 4 years after not taking tablets on holiday!

  • Well, I got my first “attack” 4 years ago when I was 28. I had no idea what it was and then my mother said “I hope it’s not gout like your father!”

    I remember I actually laughed off the idea – I always knew that my dad had problems with his toe, but he always talked like it was a recurring football injury. Clearly he was a little embarrassed about the condition as I now am.

    Oddly enough, I went travelling in my late 20s for 3 years with my girlfriend and didn’t have an attack once while I was living in SE Asia and Australia – which was strange because we were drinking a lot. I came back just after Xmas and within a week I had an attack. I’d forgotten how debilitating the pain really is. Furthermore you don’t really want to tell people what it is, as people assume it’s a direct result of obesity and a somehow slovenly lifestyle, which just isn’t true.

    I tried anti-inflammatory drugs, which helped. I also drank lots of water, ate bananas and tried to avoid the ‘wrong’ foods. Luckily it only lasted a few days and I was able to go back to playing sports and feeling normal, although i could still feel a slight tightness in the effected area. Annoyingly the condition has just come back. I had quite a big weekend and I remember eating cauliflower the night before, not knowing that it was a trigger. Now I’m off work – I’ve told them I stubbed my toe. I really don’t want to be off for too long and would love to be able to manage this condition – there’s just so much contradictory info out there to get my head around. I don’t want to be on allupurinol all my life. I’m just gonna focus on being healthy and try and avoid some of my fave foods. Fingers crossed and good luck to everyone.

  • Thank goodness for this info, I’ve been suffering an attack for the last 7 days, in both feet, it seems to be in competition with itself, which foot will hurt the most!!, as bad as it sounds its good to know you are all out there understanding the pain I’m in, my two boys desperately want to play football, so I’m off to load up on cherry juice and cider vinegar, thanks for the advice

  • Had gout for the first time in 2007 – def caused by stress. Back again and tried the presecribed drugs but having zero effect this time. Thanks for the advice on the cherries … off to the fruit store first thing in the morning.

  • I have been using Dandelion Root Capsules, one a day to be gout free for 2 years. You find the capsules at any Health Food Store.

  • I guess I have a “mild” case of gout, if there is any such thing. When I have a flare-up I drown it. I drink as much water as I can until the pain subsides.
    It works for me. I suggested this to a friend; it worked for him too.


  • Had Gout for approx 10 years but this is my worst attack – both ankles and right elbow and the swelling will not go down – popping pain killers like smarties – Iwill try anything to kill the pain and swelling – HELP!

  • Have gout for the first time ever, very sore. Dr gave me Naproxin. Does not work. Bought cherries,cherry diluting juice and celery seeds this morning 22/1/10, no pain relief yet. Can someone enlighten me on how much bicarb to how much water please. Feel like chopping my toe off just to get some sleep. Thanks.

  • Looked in medical book and it says gout can affect knee joints . My pain is on the knee cap. Very hot and inflamed and I took ibuprophen.

  • I have had gout pain for months. The first time I got relief was baking soda and cider vinegar. very little baking soda or you will be running to the bathroom for hours. This was shortlived. The next time I got relief was with fresh cherries from superstore,they came from chile. The next day I drank some fresh squeezed pulp free orange juice 4 glasses and had my first shift at work 8 hours on my feet painfree. I will try a combination of both and keep you posted. Good luck ben.

  • I feel your pain! Had gout since I was 23 now 28. Hydration is the key with me. 3 litres a day – you get used to it and your bladder expands to fit it in! I take CherryActive capsules – 1 a day (1 capsule is the equivalent to 100 cherries or something like that) I believe it helps lower the uric acid but doesn’t help a lot when going through an attack (I’m on my 4th attack now following an injury to my right toe).Unfortunately I love alcohol but I try to alternate every second pint with water. I can’t handle those 3 day sessions that often anymore. Diet is also the big influence. I’ve cut down on red meat and oily fish and eat a lot of veg. All these small things help. I obviously treat myself to a nice steak now and again but that’s it. I think you just have to ride the attack out. For me thats 10-14 days – very boring.

  • I have suffered for years with gout and used to take take Alopurinol which does work.

    I stopped taking this when I saw the possible side effects on the website Drugs.com.

    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in urine or painful urination; dark urine; fever, chills, or sore throat; irritation of the eyes; joint pain; loss of appetite; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; stomach pain; unexplained weight loss; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual muscle pain or weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

    This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.

    Not very nice!

    One of the major trigger foods is shellfish and seafood in general. These are things I love.

    I have a website http@//www.the-lobster-pot.com where I have put up a page on gout natural remedies that might be of help.

  • One of the worst triggers for me that brings on an attack is generally not drinking enough water during the day, I always take a bottle of normal tap water to work with me , which is alway by my side. I got into this habit after my last attack and have managed a six year absence. Going on long haul flights also seems to start a few twinges off. I have also had two vicious attacks that were preceded by drinking a glass of wine that had come from one of those satchets/wine boxes with the plastic tap on the front, yet I have never had an attack from wine out of a glass bottle.I have also found that eating Leeks can relieve the simptoms as well.But the best cure is definately celery seed , cherries ,plenty of water and try to keep your circulation pumping in your legs by lifting your legs up and doing cycling motions for a few minutes .

  • erh…………oya…my god HELP ME!!!!!
    started thursday night cant walk..been to quack says gout…………just benn to 3 shops looking for anything that resembles cherrys…..no luck…..but i didnt think about it when i was in wi doc for the full 30seconds but iv been haveing a bit a jip in my elbows, just thought id pulled them ….but this must be related too???? what do you think? my left foot ant big toe is in mega pain…..drinking water like lager for now nothings helping tho. not even my current wife!!

  • Now on day 3 of my third attack in 3 years – left toe again. Does anyone who’s not had a gout attack really know just how bad the pain is? I think not. Anyway, Indometacin has not really worked, but will be trying truckloads of cherries tonight 🙂

  • Start an Alkaline diet…Advacado/water cherries celery… anything that is Alkaline … I have tried cherry extract daily for 2 years and it helps keep uric acid levels down but its not a cure,,
    The best thing to do is take a Lemon, cut in half, squash juice and segments into MSM powder with water and drink this twice a day….Brilliant ……but remember all the time you are on acid making foods/drinks/drugs (or injury) you will get it …..

  • First attack at 43 yrs old 7 weeks ago. Suffering another one now and not sure what set it off again. Thanks for the remedy advice, didn’t get any of this from the doctor, just big pain killers!

  • 2-3 table spoons of organic apple cider vinegar with a bit of honey, mixed with cordial is the best natural pain relief there is for gout.

  • Declofenic isn’t bad, but I keep hearing alot about cherries. For years I have been looking, with no success, to buy cherry juice from a regular shop. But you can buy it now from supermarkets (Got mine from Tesco). I suggest you stock up though, it never lasts for long. I have about 8 ready! It’s called “Cherrygood” and is reasonably priced

  • I can only describe the pain of Gout as “excruciating” No warning, it just appears, usually early morning time. It feels like someone is driving a rusty 6″ nail through a bruised foot. I am in the middle of an attack now, and just putting my shoes on is agony (trying to drive to work is horrendous).

    Having read the above comments, I notice that I too have recently had Liver, and also quite a few fizzy drinks (Cola). One thing I know starts it off is Oxo cubes dissolved in hot water as a nice beefy drink—lethal combination for me! Do black cherries really work??? Any suggestions / remedies welcome.

  • I’m in the middle of an attack now second one in 2 weeks but that was the first in about a year. I’m takin Celery seed pills (1 3 times a day) Eating cherries, Quercetin (1400mg) withVit C (500mg) ,Apple cider vinegar shots, Pineapple( Full of bromeline) and Brewers yeast…….Make it stop!

  • A month ago I had the most amazing gout experience. In the middle of an attack I let out a really loud and wild scream because of the pain and frustration.

    Amazing result! While I was screaming I couldn’t feel the pain in my great toe.

    When I stopped screaming the pain slowly (~1 minute) returned.

    Since then I have found this has worked again on gout, and also on other pain.

    What is necessary is to yell so loudly that the yell is louder than, and swamps out, the pain. It is as if the brain can handle only one “pain” signal at a time.


  • I’ve been suffering for the last year with painful feet, now diagnosed with a high level of uric acid in my blood so have been taking Colchicine with little effect, saw this page yesterday went out and got black cherry juice and celery seed tabs, lets hope this works!

  • I’m pregnant and am having my first gout attack. Due to pregnancy am not able to take any of the medications usually given for this, and am in absolute agony! Off in search of cherries today – any other suggestions?

  • I’ve had this since I was 30, now 37 and gout still the bain of my life. Alcohol seems to trigger an attack especially if you have rather too many the night before. Diclofenac and co-codamol treat the intial pain. I’ve had it in the knees, toes and ankles and boy does it hurt. My advice would be to cut the drink down, excercise and for me a trip to the steam room on a regular basis seems to help sweat out the toxins. Cheese seems to start it off and a juicy steak. If you drink red wine then you might as well inject yourself with Uric acid.

  • I’ve been alcohol free for 4 months, but I still had intermittent attacks. I usually take Diclofenac sodium, with varying degrees of relief. I’m currently suffering, and I’m supplementing this with paracetamol, and cold compresses.
    Any advice very welcome.

  • I feel like this will never go away! Been good …and lucky for a year. It’s like saying, “You have gout, don’t have anymore fun.”
    I guess I hate the pain, but would hate the lifestyle more. Speedy recovers and long remissions to you all.

  • Suffering an attack at the moment so will be dispatching the wife off to Holland and Barratt in the morning looking for the cherry juice.

  • Hope something works the pain is unbearable… just took some bicarb hope this works.

  • Oh my goodness the pain along with a sting is killing me! Will try the cherry juice and pry.. Thanks all

  • Got it pretty bad today.Left foot.Gonna try no beers mon to fri(except golf night/weds).Just took ibuprofen and bic/soda.Going shopping for cherries,celery and juniper.Let you know!

  • Heating pad on and off the affected area every 15 minutes can bring some relief. I’ve taken colchisine and endocin and in smaller attacks they can help quickly but normally give loose stool. I try to drink at least 1.5 gallons of water per day during severe attack. Ibuprofen, NOT aspirin or tylenol. Recently heard about baking soda 1/4 teaspoon in the morning and 1/2 at night with 1/4 doses with water during the day. That has helped my swelling greatly on my most recent attack (11 days in hand) it can get your knees, spine, ankle, elbow etc. heating pad or soaking in hot water is most immediate relief without seeing Dr. for cortisone or injection or an NSAID

  • fresh gout just starting know whats comin !!!!!!!! going 2 docs 2morrow touchin the joint on big toe feels ooooh not lol ?

  • Have had gout twice in the last 6 weeks. I was given Naproxen the first time which took away the pain but did not actually cure it. This next episode which was worse,I was prescribed Colchicine.I took the course of twelve tablets but boy was I ill after!!!! To be fair it has worked for me. Has anyone else sufferd after this medication,I would love to know.

  • I’v been suffering from gout for 9 years. I have had a kidney transplant and gout is a big problem for tranplant pasents. Over my time with gout I have tried to find out what causes my gout. One of the things that surprised me was drinking fizzy drinks. I read a report that fizz can cause gout, so I tried it out. If I drink coke the next day I had gout. After 3 or 4 times of trying this I new coke wasn’t for me. Orange juice also has the same efect. Good luck to all as I feel for anyone with gout…

  • This is my third attack, in about 4 years, and by far the worse. I made the mistake of going to the shops on foot, my foot was swollen and, I was in severe pain when I returned, frozen peas from the freezer has helped a lot. I hate this.

  • I have had a bad foot and it was diagnosed by the Dr as a bruised tendon! I knew he wasn’t right and am treating it the same as gout. My father-in-law suffers from the same so I am well aware of all symptoms. I have just had some bicarb. of soda and will see how I am in a few days.

  • Thanks to all for sharing – it’s 6pm on Good Friday but I will try to hunt for the cherries. Agree with several comments above – I have had attacks previously, and always controlled with Naproxen. Initially very effective, but less so each time I have an attack. Swapped to Indometacin, and pain yet to subside. Aaargghh – Nights are worst!

  • My husband has had severe gout in his foot for the last 2 days and can’t walk. What can I give him for immediate relief. We tried the gout cocktail that the chemist gave him and that never worked.

  • Just posting a response to terrigar. I buy my black cherry juice from holland and barrat health food shop its £9.99 but concentrated. I have 6 teaspoons in a little water in the morning and 3 tea spoons in the evening it seems to work for me so good luck..

  • How many pints of water would I have to drink daily to flush the uric acid from my system ?

  • Dear God! this is so unbelievably painful, I thought I had broken my toe in my sleep. I can’t take anti-inflammatories so I’m looking for cherries though. Where I’ll find them in March in England is any body’s guess.

  • Just been diagnosed with gout……man its painful. doc has put me on anti inflammatories.Will try the cherries,

    Many thanks to all

    Poker Player

  • My husband has suffered from gout for over 10 years. It starts in his toes or ankle. He hasn’t had a bad flare for the last couple of years. However he has now been bedridden for a week and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. The dr has prescribed etoricoxib. He is still in pain! Any advice?

  • I’ve found that keeping Mon-Fri alcohol free is useful and avoiding regular intake of ‘bad’foods. The onset of an attack is often unpredictable but Colchicine with Indometacin works wonders in a few hours.

  • I’m 33 and just had my first attack. I thought I had broken my toe it was that painful. I have taken this as a sign to really change my lifestyle. The wife is out looking for cherries as I write…

  • I’ve had attacks for almost ten years…normally last between five/ten days…the latest one since last friday appears to have no end…I’m in agony and even changed from nsaids to etoricoxib – it is not helping….I sympathise with all who suffer!

  • My boyfriend has gout in his chest – he is now suffering from dizzy spells as a result of the medication the doctor has put him on. Can anyone offer any remedies that I can try him on?

  • ive just had a three week attack of gout. i took iboprofen which kept the pain bearable, this was my first attack for two years. my other attacks were 3-7 days at yearly intervals. hope this helps

  • Can anyone tell me how long an average gout attack lasts? I have remained gout free for just over a year by drinking concentrated cherry juice but have recently had a very painful attack which so far, has lasted 10 days, in spite of following nutritional advice!

  • I was diagnosed with acute gout and a second opinion agreed. I was told to learn to live with it and to take alapurinol regularly and colchicine for attacks (I can’t tolerate anti-inflamatories).
    I then found a web bulletin which advised a daily dose of bicarbonate of soda and this has suppressed my symptoms completely. If I stop for more than a week, the symptoms re-appear.

  • My husband sufers from gout, he is taking cherries extract in form of liquid ( bought in usa ) probably there is the same version in uk, his attacks are minor and fewer, the pain is not as great. Is now a minor pain…. bless the cherries!

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