I have gout.Â When gout first deigned to visit its affliction upon me; my initial impulse was to cut off my foot.Â My thinking was that it might not hurt as much, and most likely couldn’t hurt any more.Â Â That’s intense pain and I’ve gotten to good “friends” with pain over the years.
I remember waking up screaming in pain.Â I had never experienced anything like that.Â Over the next few days, things like the barest breeze would cause me pain.Â It lasted about a week or two before going away.Â I tried all kinds of homeopathic treatments.Â But mostly I gritted through the pain.
Since then, I’ve gotten gout 2 or 3 times a year.Â And gout has travelled on occasion to my ankle and this latest attack, to my right knee.Â
This last one that flared last Friday in my right knee has been excruciating.Â Overall the pain has been worse for my big toe and foot attack.Â But with my toes, I could actually avoid bending or using my toes – allowing it to rest and recover.
There’s been no way I’ve been able to not use my knee, deliberately or inadvertently.Â It’s been a killer.
Those who have gout know what it’s like.
For those who do not have gout, I sincerely pray you never do.
And here’s the whole point of this post:
Pass on the homeopathic treatments.Â I know, I know.Â I can hear it.Â I can hear it.
Frankly, I’ve gone the cherry route.Â I’ve done the epsom salt baths (I actually like epsom salt).Â I’ve poured over every website on gout treatment and tried everything I’ve read.Â I’ve eaten strawberries, bananas, enough water to hydrate a small pond, and garlic and on and on…
Here’s the truth as I know it:
Nothing against those who seek the natural path, but…
There are those whoÂ see progress and modern technology with a dim view.Â They point to a wide range of social sins and blame it on modern advancement.Â That said, does anybody want to return to the days when millions died to the common flu or to mosquito borne malaria?
My knee was in numbing pain as of yesterday.
My doctor presribed me prednisone and what I affectionately call the “little green pill.”Â I’d say 90% of the pain is gone.Â Yesterday I could not lift my right knee off the ground.Â Today I can (though it still hurts if I lift it too high).Â Yesterday, I had to use the clutches they lent me.Â Today, I have the freedom to walk – almost normally.
I’ve been one of those who avoided using medicine most my life.Â For a long time I couldn’t tell you the difference between motrin and ibuprofen.Â Pretty silly.
I lived with 24 bone chips in my right elbow for a very long time before finally having the operation a couple of years ago.
That’s a lot of pain I could have avoided over the years.
If you believe in natural, homeopathic treatments, thenÂ more power to you.Â I think treatments like acupunture works.Â But as far as not wanting to put “chemicals” like western medicine in your body – well – frankly, once it hits your stomache, it’s all chemical.
My whole point is, don’t endure any more pain than you have – go see your doctor and take the medicine he prescribes.Â Because of my instincts to gut the pain out, I suffered through a weekend of needless pain.Â Not really smart.Â Paleo man’s diet may be worth emulating but not his pain treatments.
Skip the cherries and go with “little green pill.”
Here’s hoping you never get gout.