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Old Thu, Oct-19-17, 20:01
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Plan: Atkins
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We need to be smart, we want to get healthy, that's the whole idea, the weight will come off, patience and diligence, take care Bill.
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Old Sat, Oct-21-17, 10:14
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Plan: ≤ 20 carbs & IF
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We need to be smart, we want to get healthy, that's the whole idea, the weight will come off, patience and diligence, take care Bill.


Yes, and I have taken most of the good advice I've gotten in these forums. I ignored the things I have read about making sure I get enough fluids because I initially had a problem with edema, (I lost over 17 pounds my first week on LC).

I started suspecting I was maybe going overboard avoiding salt and water when I noticed myself getting "pruney fingers". There are numerous possible causes for this but when the gout started I really got to thinking:

"Gout and Pruney Fingers are symptoms associated with, among other things, diabetes and obesity. A low carb diet addresses both problems so why all the sudden, now that I have lost over 40 pounds and normalized my blood sugar are these things happening! What am I doing wrong?!" The other common association was chronic dehydration.

One thing is for sure, I have been dehydrated. For the past few days now I have been forcing myself to drink at least 64oz of fluids per day. Once I hit 64 oz I still get something to drink if I am thirsty, I'm treating it as a minimum and not a maximum. It seems to have worked. Both my pruney fingers and my gout have disappeared. I'm also still over 6 pounds heavier than I was this time last week but I know it is not due to eating. Except for last Sunday, I have been skipping breakfast and lunch all week and eating less than 20 carbs and 1000 calories so the only place the extra weight can be coming from is water.
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Old Sat, Oct-21-17, 14:09
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MyDH suffers terribly from gout, it is in some part hereditary for him. Eating cherries as soon as he feels the tingling does help, but he also has medication because of the damage it causes.
I (re) started low carb in April and back then my husband was not willing to because of his gout flare ups ( although they were still happening off the diet)
On October 6 he was admitted with heart failure and the balancing act begins- low fat, no sugar, no salt, limit fluids. We started straight away on LC and the numbers have been fantasti! He's lost 19lbs since October 11, his fasting numbers have never been better, limiting his liquids to 42 oz. a day, no salt whatsoever...and He's feeling like crap in the evening, dizzy nauseous and throwing up,we ended up in emerge again last night...they said his sugar is too low and he's dehydrated, geez man... I know how hard it is to go against the recommendations, I understand your frustration.
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Old Sat, Oct-21-17, 15:24
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Plan: ≤ 20 carbs & IF
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robynsnest: Sorry to hear about your DH. I guess I really have to count my blessings regarding my own health. I'm so fortunate not to have more problems than I do, (knock on wood!), considering how I've lived my life up to now, (not caring what I ate, smoking for 44 years...).

There are still things I don't know. In another couple of weeks or so I'm going to have another blood test and make this one more comprehensive than the last one. I also plan on getting a coronary calcium score asap as a local hospital should start offering them soon. The plan is already in the works.

So far as I know, the diabetes and my weight are my only major problems now that I've quit smoking.
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Old Wed, Oct-25-17, 08:33
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Just a final update to this thread in case anyone searches the forum for gout and finds this.

It's been a week now since I started attacking the gout from a hydration standpoint. I also read about pseudoogout but I am pretty sure the attack I had was gout and not pseudogout because of the location.

Regardless of which condition it was, I would suggest anyone who has such an attack consider that dehydration may be playing a roll. My pain was getting consistently worse and worse until I re-hydrated and the results were almost immediate. After just 24 hours the pain was reduced to "bearable" and now I can't even feel it anymore... (Well maybe just "barely" if I hold my toe a certain way when I wiggle it...)

I slept well, like a baby, all night last night from 10pm to 5am and woke up and peed and peed and peed... (had to pee like a racehorse as the old saying goes). I have stuck to my eating plan and the scale afterwards says I am down a pound so far for the week so my weight loss is back on track and I'm well hydrated.
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Old Wed, Oct-25-17, 09:20
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I know someone who got it - possibly - from eating way too many cans of sardines and herring. Best of luck to you.
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