To the surprise of no one, I have gout.
Well, to be fair, I self-diagnosed, but I know what I know. The telehealth doc agreed and is sending me some meds. Thanks, telehealth doc.
Apparently, seeing gout in tandem with kidney stones isn't that big of a surprise. Think stalactites and stalagmites.
Here's what I now know I can't/shouldn't eat, based on both conditions:
- Red meat
- Organ meat/sweetbreads
Many of those are things I am eating on a regular basis. Those chocolate covered beets with sea salt are the worst. Of course, the liver, stuffed with nuts and encrusted in sugar probably doesn't help.
I joke, but I eat plenty of red meat, spinach, sugar, salt, nuts, chocolate and spinach. And much, much more!
Not all at the same time, though there have been days.
I actually see my PCP tomorrow for an annual (and to get them to release my hostage prescriptions). If the swelling is still bad, I'll ask for a cortisone shot. But the telehealth meds seem to be working, at least some. The foot is definitely swollen, and you know - there's only so much elasticity in the skin - so, it looks a little frankenfoot-ish.
Naturally, I have myself and only myself to blame. Which is way worse. When I can throw an ancestor under the bus, that's a much better feeling. Also, my dominant foot is so enlarged, it hurts to kick my own ass.
Honestly, a much better feeling will be de-gouting, de-stoning, and battling any other crazy diagnoses they throw my way.
I see myself eating a ton of chicken and vegetables, plenty of beans, whole grains starting... pretty darn soon. Not lunch today because, well, I didn't pack a lunch today. Although... Cracker Barrel does offer grilled chicken and vegetables. Actual ones, not just mac n cheese.
Ok, well - we medicate, we meditate, we move on.
I'll keep you posted.