June 13, 2003

Gout

So, yesterday I knew this was coming. I could feel a little tingle in my foot. This morning I was certain it was coming on. Gout. Uric acid crystals collecting in the joints of my big toe. It sounds silly but, dear god, is it painful. This time around I called the doctor before it really hurt. Good thing too, as the pain has been growing all day. I can literally feel my foot swelling in my shoe and 2:45 (my doctor's appointment) can't get here soon enough.

So I watch my diet, I drink very little booze... but I screwed up. That's right this time it's all my fault. I had a inkling that either sugar or caffeine irritated the condition. I was leaning towards caffeine, but I've spoken to a couple of people who say it's the sugar. Anyway, so for the last 3 months or so I've had 3 or 4 cups of coffee w/ flavored cream (read as sugar milk) each morning, followed that with countless glasses of sweetened ice tea, and more recently, topped off with a bottle or two of citrus beer each night. Not to mention the soda I let myself indulge in on game days. And all the water that I was drinking at work? Well, no job means no water, not that we don't have water, just that I haven't trained myself to drink it at home. So I know exactly where this attack is coming from.

Only I didn't have the foresight to see what I was doing. I'm hoping the doctor will tell me if it's the caffeine or the sugar, or if it's both. Then I'll have a better idea of what needs to go. I'll give you the details when I get back.