Well it’s been a while since I have updated my gout status. I am still doing fine with my tart cherry extract, celery seed extract, and periodic dosages of Colchicine. Like my last post stated, I have no pain or swelling still to this day. I will say however that my middle finger, although not visibly swollen, still has some discomfort. It only hurts if I was to put pressure on it like I was trying to crack it. For the most part though my new technique has been working for me. On top of the extracts and medication I am taking it is also important to remember that I try my best every day to consume about a gallon of water.
Update about the past 4 days.
About two months ago my wife and I began trying for baby number two. Unfortunately, two months in we are still trying to get pregnant. My wife had some issues with her period not being regular so at first we assumed it was just a matter of us not having sex during her optimal ovulation time. After multiple negative tests and a couple of months of trying, I figured I would look into other stuff. I looked up the side effects of the Colchicine I was taking to see if it has any effect on reproduction. Much to my surprise Colchicine does seem to have side effects on reproduction, however it seems a little sketchy. According to multiple sites on the web the biggest issue with Colchicine is the fact that it may lower your sperm count. I will note however, that if you were to spend the day looking through all of the documentation and research, that there doesn’t seem to be a consensus about this. Some sites say there are no side effects, some say just low sperm count, and others say there isn’t enough data. Whatever the case, I figured I would stop taking the medication for the time being to see if that helps.
For the past 4 days now I have only been taking 2 500mg capsules of celery seed extract a day and 3 tablespoons of tart cherry extract twice a day. Again, all while drinking plenty of water. I must say so far I have been feeling great. Additionally, although I am not health food fanatic, I have been keeping an eye on what I have been eating. To be honest I started doing this out of fear of a flare up from having no medication in my system. As the days go on I am finding it easier to eat at least one healthy alternative to my normal diet per day.
I attempted to put a clickable HTML link on here so you can see the exact products I am using but apparently Word Press does not allow that for certain memberships. I grouped the two items and added them to a store I made on Amazon. As time goes on I will be adding products that I try. (If needed) Just click the link below.
I will continue to post updates about how my new homeopathic approach is going as well as the status of operation “Baby #2”.
Thanks to YouTube user arven979 for posting this video. Words couldn’t describe it any better.
So after about a month I figured I would attempt to get my out of shape ass back in the gym. With my knee still swollen and my fingers still doing the Crip sign I threw on my workout gear and headed out. As I’m driving I try to think about what exactly I will be able to do with the swelling I still have going on. The last thing I want is to look like some crazy man gimping around on the elliptical or drop a weight on myself since I can’t grab anything with my left hand. At the same time the movement and sweating will help get rid of the excess fluid so I know I have to go. If you have some swelling from gout you should try getting active. It really does help. Once I pull-up to the gym I know right away its going to be an interesting experience since the parking lot is jam-packed. I look over at the entrance and people were going in like they were giving away free liposuction. My guess is that it is crowded because it is January. I’m assuming by February or March the resolution crowd will be gone. On a side note, Leo Widrich has an interesting blog about: The Science of New Year’s Resolutions. Okay, back to my story. Upon entering I saw it was just as crowded as I thought. However, there was a pleasant surprise. What’s the surprise? Everywhere I looked there was an attractive, toned-up female stretching, running, and doing weights. No matter where I went I felt like I was gonna be “that guy” who is trying to pick-up a girl by working out next to her. With my stomach sucked in and perfect posture, I work my way over to the elliptical. On my way over to the elliptical I almost walked into a railing. This was because to my left was a lady in tights who felt she needed to put her leg at the very top of the treadmill she was on to stretch. I dare any guy to walk by this and NOT look. At the ellipticals there was not one spot I could have gone that didn’t make me look like a pervert. So I jump on my machine and start going. I had two very attractive girls on both sides of me and a whole buffet line of butts thumping up and down in front of me. There was not one direction that felt safe to look. My solution was to just stare down at the elliptical or look up at the fan and zone out. Sounded good but every couple of minutes I found myself in somewhat of a trance, not realizing at some point I started staring at the temptations in front of me. Thank God I only set the timer to 15 minutes.
Because of my recent gout attack I haven’t been in the Gym in about two months. To say I was winded would be a monumental understatement. At about the 2 minute mark I had already hit my target heart rate. At 3 minutes I was about 10 beats over my target. Five minutes in I swore my heart was going to jump out of my chest and run the hell out of the gym. Here is where pride kicks in. With all of these vixens around me there was no way I could stop, start hitting buttons to change resistance, or start breathing hard like a creepy stalker. I came up with a plan that I felt was pretty creative. I would slow down a little to take sips of Gatorade and to change songs on my IPOD. This would allow me enough time to catch my breath and calm my heart down before I became one of those guys on the news that collapses at the gym. Guess what? SUCCESS!!!!!! I was able to pretty much hobble through the 15 minutes of hell. Getting off I almost lost my swagger when my Jell-O legs came close to giving out on me. After the elliptical I was pretty spent. I figured I could do two more machines and get out of dodge. I finished up and took my still sucked in stomach back to the car to get home.
Moral of my story…..If you are a guy and out of shape, maybe you should wait until the gym is empty. We just can’t handle looking bad in front of the ladies.