Not a lot of worse things than painful joints in this part of the body…
Being reminded that I’m a middle-aged guy, I’m not invulnerable, and that nothing is forever, particularly life on earth.
The past six weeks have not been fun for me physically.
It all started about a week after Easter, when I had a big chicken dinner late one night.
It was probably too big a dinner, (the reasons in a bit), but I was hungry and hadn’t eaten for roughly twelve hours.
Since chicken is my main meat staple as I had given up red meat and eschewed pork for years, I didn’t think much of any consequences – until the next morning when I experienced something I hadn’t experienced in three years:
Excruciating pain in the upper joints of my left foot.
As I had suffered gout attacks in 2014 and 2010, I knew what to do; I got busy drinking cherry juice and assumed that it would all be over in a few days.
Except it wasn’t, as although I not only cut way down on the chicken – which, as it turns out, while it doesn’t have as much purines (which is prevalent in turkey and which I gave up after my first gout attacks in 2010), the level of uric acid in the purines is enough to cause attacks – I cut down on eating in general, the gout pain not only persisted over the next several weeks, it manifested itself in two subsequent attacks.
A good example of the disability that gout causes was the fact that I couldn’t run, which ended any opportunities to play in my weekly pick-up softball games on a regular basis; I tried to play games twice; one game I had to have somebody run for me and the other game I had to leave in the 6th inning when the discomfort affected not only my ability to run, but altered my hitting to the point where I wasn’t effective.
In other words, I had to put myself on the “disabled list”, which I researched ways to get rid of my gout issues as fast as possible on the Internet.
One method, putting two or three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking that concoction at least three times a day – gave decent results.
As did eating cherries, which is what I did last night after a dinner which featured a little chicken.
Thank goodness that I woke up this morning being able to walk better than I had before, because for much of the past several weeks I was limping like crazy and even needed a cane at times.
And gout was not the only source of pain as there are some mornings where I wake up and the area just below my right knee hurts, usually after I’m out and about as I walk a lot.
The pain usually goes away after I put some ointment on it and take a few steps, but make no mistake – it’s arthritis.
Thanks to research, I compiled a list of foods that will now be an essential part of my diet (some of them I’ve already been eating) in order to prevent gout, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy it’s so painful…
- Salads (increase consumption of these)
- Lemon (add to water)
- Green tea/Cherry juice
- Low Fat Cherry Yogurt
I made it a point to schedule an appointment with my doctor, but if this improvement continues, I will be able to cancel it.
Which is my hope.
The big lesson learned here:
Not that I didn’t know this already, but now I completely, wholeheartedly and emotionally understand that the older one gets, the more work one must do to take care of oneself and maintain health.
Along with the hypertension and high cholesterol, which I have been taking medication for, I am no exception to this general rule of thumb.
As such, I plan to exercise today.
Being that my 50th birthday is in less than three weeks from this writing, I think it’s essential that I continue to do what needs to be done in order to not die before I’m ready to.
Which I certainly hope will be a long time from now.
Some thing that I haven’t eater in seven years; a roast turkey – makes for Thanksgivings where I have to be a bit creative…