But let me tell you: if I had known then what I know now I wouldn’t have bothered with any of that.
Because too many doctors today are still fixated on gout’s symptoms – rather than gout’s actual causes.
Whereas US and European research over the last couple of decades has revealed what actually causes gout.
Meaning that a natural, drug-free remedy for gout is already known. And practitioners were getting close to 100% clear-up rates.
Now, I haven’t had an attack for more than 2 years. I don’t think I’ll ever have another one ever again.
I was literally unable to get up because even the slightest movement of the affected area was beyond unbearable.
I couldn’t sleep properly with bedclothes … which, in cooler weather, meant turning the heating up in the house.
The uric acid comes from the liver as a waste product. It’s sent to the kidneys from where it is supposed to be removed from the body.
I had gout because, in a nutshell, gout is what you get when your body isn’t expelling all its uric acid.
And when the immune system does that… the inflammation that results is experienced as a ‘gout attack’.
It’s been just over 2 years now since my final gout attack. But I still remember what it felt like.
Over the first year or so my gout attacks went from one attack every 1 or 2 months, to monthly and then, occasionally, to every few weeks.
I started with the standard meds: anti-inflammatories, steroid jabs, drugs to reduce the uric acid in my blood….
They could swallow any number of pills, inject as much steroid as their bodies could handle… and avoid every suspect piece of food and drink.
The underlying problem – the actual cause of the gout – was still there, creating all sorts of problems for the body to deal with.
I followed the typical Do’s and Don’ts. It’s typical stuff – exercise more, lose weight, eat a balanced diet (whatever that is), eat less red meat, don’t smoke (I never have), go a couple of days a week without alcohol…
Well, it makes sense that either (a) I was suddenly producing too much of it or (b) that my body simply was no longer removing it effectively.
In fact, for 90% of gout sufferers scientists say it isn’t over-production of uric acid that is the problem.
And it’s that ‘something that had stopped working’ that most of our doctors are failing to address.
If we find out what it is that stopped working – and then started working again – then we’ve found the key to ending gout forever.
And this is because, unlike most sufferers, I found a practitioner who tackled my gout from where it started.
But, first, just be sure about this. Because if you suffer gout this probably is your experience too.
Once my doctor decided I had gout he followed a pretty standard pattern of advice, medications and treatments.
First, since uric acid is the by-product of the food we eat, they look at dietary restrictions on food – mostly on red meat and alcohol.
The thinking is that if less uric acid is being produced in the first place there’s less for the body to deal with.
Second, gout patients try drugs that tackle the uric acid that’s already made it to the bloodstream. The aim here is to help the body do its job of dissolving this excess.
That meets with unpredictable results. But, worse, it’s dealing with the excess uric acid – not the reason why there’s excess uric acid.
Finally, other drugs are offered to tackle the pain and inflammation of gout as it arises. Again, this deals with what is happening but not why it’s happening.
Because for as long as the emphasis is on tackling gout at the point where the disease is already in some way in motion…
First, he pointed out that each gout attack makes another attack more likely. Once you’ve had a few attacks that’s about it… get ready for gout as a regular thing.
Some people that have had attacks of gout over a longer period can end up developing a more chronic, or persistent, form of gout.
It’s called chronic tophaceous gout and the pain and loss of mobility is life-altering and disabling.
Gout is a risk factor for other conditions – some of them even more serious than the gout itself.
In other words, because I had gout it was more likely that I’d get at least one of those other conditions.
He added that gout was also a risk factor for obesity, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, stress and a number of unpleasant other conditions.
The possibility of my gout being a risk factor for me suffering those all at once did shock me quite a bit.
But I had let it go on for a week and was in so much pain I honestly started questioning whether I wanted to live.
I went back to my doctor – turned out he was on vacation. So I saw one of his colleagues instead.
We had a long conversation and she told me about a practitioner who specializes in dealing with gout.
The research’s successes in tackling a range of health conditions are mounting up – and for some years now the medical community has been rethinking some of their most fundamental ideas about how the body works.
From that research she had created her ‘gout strategy’ that is now having such profound results for gout sufferers.
Shelly Manning is an accomplished natural health researcher and writer. She began her work on natural health remedies after suffering years of very painful arthritis.
She discovered that where modern medicine was consistently failing to relieve a person of their suffering it was often because they didn’t really know…