The picture accompanying this post is a shot I took of my left middle finger. What you can’t see in the photo is the fact that my pointer finger is also a little swollen.
I typically break my recovery down into a few stages. For me I don’t consider myself on the path of recovery until I can walk around like normal even if something is still hurting. Right now I would consider myself in the first stage of my typical recovery. I am now able to bend both my legs and walk without any noticeable limp. However my right knee is still swollen and my two previously mentioned fingers are swollen and stuck in a position like I’m trying to throw up some gang signs. Through-out the day I did a combination of hot and cold on the various joints in an attempt to speed up the healing process. It is now around 6:30 and there really isn’t a huge difference from this morning to now. At this point I know it’s really a waiting game and only a night of rest will bring more results.
Other than being able to walk, another way that I can tell that I am starting to get better is the fact that I woke up horny as hell. During my flare-ups and early recovery my normally high sex drive plummets down to Middle Earth somewhere. Today was the first time in a little while that I woke up and actually thought about trying to put on the early morning moves on my comatose wife. Even though it was early and I pretty much knew I would get shut down I still had thoughts of attempting it. Maybe tonight I will try to get the cookie.
Below is a list of things I have been doing to speed up my recovery. Check them out as maybe some of them may help you.
1. Water. I try and consume a gallon of water daily. It has been reported in various articles that not drinking enough water or allowing yourself to get dehydrated has been known to trigger a gout attack on certain occasions. The excess of water will also help your kidneys in discharging the toxins that are killing your joints. Even when you are not going through a flare-up drinking water is very beneficial in losing weight. This is important also since the heavy someone with gout gets the more flare-ups they are prone to.
2. Ice and Heat. For a long time I only used ice to treat inflamed areas. While this worked on numbing the pain it didn’t really seem to do much with the inflammation after a certain point. I researched many blogs, web-sites, and medical data and decided to try a mix of ice and heat. I used the ice to address the initial extreme pain. Once I was at a tolerable pain level I would switch to heat. The heat allows for better blood circulation as your vessels dilate, thus speeding up the excretion of toxins. This in combination with the water works great.
3. Take your medication. All of it. I know this seems obvious but I also know how easy it is to overlook some of your pills when you’re taking multiple drugs multiple times a day. If your taking pain pills this is especially important as you can take strong pain killers, fall asleep, then forget the medicine that will actually help address the cause. One thing I did start taking in addition to Colchicine, Ibuprofen, and/or sometimes Prednisone, is Tart Cherry Extract. There isn’t too much credible research on this but there are chronicled studies of the benefits of cherries. Truthfully, I’m not sure if its helping but I began to take it towards the end of 2012 during a flare-up and it was one of the quickest flare-ups I had. Now I’m scared to not take it in case it wasn’t just a coincidence. I do the cherry extract because if you were to attempt and eat the amount of recommended cherries it would fall somewhere in the 40-50 range. I tried it once and my jaw got tired from chewing.
4. Keep active. Yes, as crazy as it seems you have to try and move the inflamed area at least a little. Laying in bed or staying in one spot will begin to stiffen the joint under the attack. Moving around even a little will help prevent stiffness and alleviate some of the inflammation. My advice, if it seems to tough, is to try it out in the shower or tub under some warm water. Remember only to move to whatever your comfort level is. DO NOT OVEREXERT!!!!!!!!!!!!
While this is certainly not everything you could try, they are a few techniques that have helped me.
Always ask a doctor before you try anything new.
Well……….I’m off to the shower. After that its dinner and hopefully some booty rubbin with the wife.
I’ll keep everyone posted if I’m successful or not.