Pills and Ills This is a discussion subforum for the health challenges faced by riders 50+. These discussions are in no way to be considered professional medical advice.


Old 01-10-18, 03:22 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Sunny so. cal.
Posts: 712
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Liked 12 Times in 1 Post
I suffered frequent attacks in my younger years, age 12 to 24 (now 57) in my great toe and various digits. I then got on meds to curb my over production of uric acid and the attacks subsided. My rheumatologist felt that diet didn't really have an influence--you either over-produce or under-excrete. I was the former. I stopped taking my meds under chiropractic treatment in 1994 (age 34) and the gout just disappeared. I'm no longer under chiro care (stopped 1998) but haven't had any attacks since. Maybe chiro fixed something? I think my eating and exercise habits are the same, except now I've training for mtb racing the last 5 years or so (started well after the end of the gout attacks). So, why did it go away? Gout is quite a mystery I guess.

Last edited by bikeme; 01-10-18 at 03:28 PM.
bikeme is offline  
Old 06-14-18, 03:33 PM
Junior Member
FML123's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Posts: 14

Bikes: 2018 Focus Mares CX 105 & 1999 Gary Fisher Marlin

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My cure may or may not work for someone else, but I hope it does.
I've had gout since I was in my early 30s (I'm in my mid-50s now), but have had few/no symptoms for about 8-9 years now. I'm allergic to Allopurinol (found out the hard way, ended up in the ER 2x). From my early 30s until my mid-40s it got progressively worse, until I was taking a prednisone taper 4x/year, used a cane 3 days/month, and couldn't drink alcohol or eat meat or cheese! While I was in Suriname a colleague took me to a naturopathic doc. The doc prescribed lots of hokum designed to sell herbal pills, vitamins, etc. But the one thing that has worked miracles was his prescription to buy and drink STINGING NETTLE TEA loose leaves and drink 2x/day. You can buy a 1LB bag on Amazon for about $20, will last 3-4 months. I also take 80mg Uloric (febuxostat)/day. The tea helps and the Uloric help, but neither stops symptoms entirely. But together they have kept me almost 100% symptom-free since 2010. I can drink whiskey, eat steak, cheese, etc. My rheumatologist says she doesn't understand it fully, but the tophi deposits in my finger joints have actually steadily dissolved over the past few years.

Last edited by FML123; 03-04-19 at 03:42 PM. Reason: corrected grammar and added info
FML123 is offline  
Old 06-26-18, 01:42 PM
Je suis Snap Motomag
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: New England
Posts: 4,147

Bikes: Trek FX 3; 1994 Specialized Allez Pro; "Motobecane" Fantom CX

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2087 Post(s)
Liked 554 Times in 334 Posts
Allupurinol for the past 2 decades. I'm not giving up meat when a pill takes care of it perfectly, and my doctors have told me I'm really not likely to be helped by diet.

Haven't had a flare up once since I started the pills, and I used to get them constantly. Absolutely could not sleep from the burning pain.
livedarklions is offline  
Old 08-20-18, 12:30 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 957

Bikes: 1986 KHS Fiero, 1989 Trek 950, 1990 Trek 7000, 1992 Trek 1400, 1998 Cannondale R200, 2010 Performance Access XCL9R

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 17 Posts
Started suffering from gout 7 years ago. As it coincided with breaking my back, at first docs thought it was residual nerve damage. FInally, during a severe flare up, I was given 2 tablets Colchicine, and a third an hour later. GONE... Had a couple more, same routine andworked each time. Since then, I had been on Indomethacine daily, and started daily doses of Colchicine 20 months ago, after achilles tendon repair. I am prepping for bariatric surgery, gastric sleeve, and I was taken off the Indomethacin, and doubled my Colchicine dose, and started on Allopurinol. My Uric acid levels are back in normal ranges, though just barely. But I feel better overall...
zjrog is offline  
Old 08-27-18, 05:42 AM
Gravity Aided
Senior Member
Gravity Aided's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Normal, Illinois
Posts: 2,675

Bikes: Trek 600 ,Trek 950, 1986 Schwinn Passage, Facet Biotour 2000, Falcon San Remo 531,Univega Supra Sport, Corso Special Valentino,

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I've been on Allopurinol for about 15 years, keeps gout under control pretty well. I'm still avoiding the unhealthy stuff, though. I'm glad to hear your course of treatment is working out.
Gravity Aided is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Bicycle Mechanics
06-10-18 11:06 AM
10-31-08 07:48 AM
Indie Motion
Tandem Cycling
03-13-06 02:10 PM
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
04-16-05 05:27 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.