While on Guam I started a Low-Carb diet and exercise program. I never ate more than 20 carbohydrates a day and exercised 3-4 times a week. I lost 100lbs. It worked great. However, once I got to the states, I went off the diet and began to gain the weight back. One day, I woke up with terrible pain in my big toe of my left foot. It constantly throbbed and I could barely walk. I went to the doctor and he said it might be Gout. I asked what that was and he explained that it meant I had high uric acid levels that cause certain joints to crystalize, usually located in the big toe. I asked what caused high uric acid levels and he replied, high protein intake. This made total sense to me as I had just come off of eating all protein and veggies. He ran the blood tests and it came back with a tremendous amount of uric acid. Needless to say I was diagnosed with Gout. I was prescribed Colcrys and Allpurinol. It sure did the trick.
Since then, I have had occassional flare ups. Some minor and some extreme. Off and on for years. I guess it never goes away. However, since I started this health plan, my Gout has flared terribly. I finally got it to die down and now its just a dull pain, but still there. For me, it isn’t always in the same spot. But, always on odd spots on my left foot. Right now, it’s on the top, outer part of the left foot. I sure wish this one was curable.