Thursday, September 5, 2013
My Second Gout Attack with Oysters
In July 2005, I had to take business trip where I was able to bring the whole family. We made a mini-vacation out of it. The pain in my left foot was feeling much better and I was walking without a limp for the first time in weeks. On the second night, we went to a seafood restaurant with a few coworkers. This place served some fantastic smoked oysters. I only ordered one dozen for myself. My son ordered two dozen of his own. It did not take long before he realized his eyes were bigger than his stomach. So like the great father I am, I offered to finish the last dozen. After consuming two dozen smoked oysters, we were ready to go back to our vacation rental, 30 minutes away. From the time we left the restaurant to the time we arrived to our rental, I had gone from walking normal to a full blown massive Gout Attack. Walking from the car to the bedroom was very difficult. My wife had to help me walk since putting any pressure on my foot was painful. That night, I learned the pressure from the soft flat sheet from the bed lying on my toe caused excruciating pain. As I mentioned before, I don’t generally go to the doctor, but the pain I felt from this attack forced me to find a local doctor to provide me with some much needed relief. The doctor gave me another NSAID but real relief from this attack was weeks away. From this experience, I learned that I need to do a lot more research in to the cause of Gout. Obviously, oysters were now off the menu, as well as beef and beer. It was frustrating to discover I was slowly eliminating my favorite foods from the list of items I was able to eat. I read that poultry was better than beef, pork and seafood, so I ate lots and lots of chicken.