Aloha......I've suffered from this problem for more than 25 years....several times a year. First time I recall
when I was on an assignment overseas in '83. Lasted several days,wanted to have my led amputated! Was not properly diagnosed as gout by AF medical
folks. Been in various treatments, including "coch" for many years since the condition was properly diagnosed by a Coast Guard PA in mid-90's
I found some of the responses very interesting.......tomatoes? Salad!. Wow...not that I can remember, but maybe you're on to something...I'll be watching. In fact, going to a VA (real MD) again tomorrow for a check-up. Might mention that.
Now...I wanted to pass on the name of a book that was given to me about 6-7 years ago by a RN in Seattle
area....The Gout Hater's Cookbook"-by Jodi Schneiter...3rd Ed. ISBN 1-888141-71-9. Pages 6-7-8 list foods ranked from lower to higest in Purines. I compared some of the responses on the Forum with the book and found inconsistiencies. Not a surprise though....I've found many of the foods (including beer
, which I like in moderation) not to have a great effect on gout attacks...even chili..not that I know!Tomato's and salad show up on the list of foods lower in purines........
Conclusion....I'm convinced that few people in the medical
profession really know much about this problem affects various people. One just has to stumble thru life toward the "6' trench" and figure out for themselves what does.....and dosen't cause a flare up.......I found this fforum VERY informative and helpful. pj