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My husband has both of these things.  I think I saw on his VA disability papers that it was rheumatoid.  And I think (but am not sure) that gout is a form of arthritis.  He is driving the family nuts with this and probably the Drs.  He keeps going from Dr. to Dr. and even sometimes hospitals complaining of pain.  Whatever meds they are prescribing are not helping.  And he says some Dr. said they might have to do surgery where they would scrape the bones to remove the uric acid deposits.  I've never heard of that!

 

I believe that I screwed up once by buying Osteo-Biflex.  My mom told him to take it because it helped her.  But she has the osteo type and no gout. The problem with this stuff is that it is derived from shellfish and that aggravates gout, perhaps more than anything else.  He says he only took one pill out of the bottle and I do believe that.  He is not good to take pills.  I have checked his bathroom and see a few pill bottles in there, some quite old looking and some prescription with seemngly only a few pills gone from them.  I know that he wants to take just one pill and have the problems be gone forever.  Well...  Wouldn't we all?  But...

 

Anyway...  I feel like I am doing all that I can in the diet department.  I also realize that every person with gout reacts to foods differently.  What might be a trigger for one person might not affect another.  And some people find that a change in diet does not affect them at all.  My FIL was one such.  At times I did the cooking for him and my MIL after she became disabled.  So I am familiar with the gout diet.  FIL never cheated on it.  He desparately wanted to get better.

 

But here?  Husband's favorite food is beef.  And probably his next favorite would be seafood of all kinds.  I never make seafood at home any more.  And prior it was only a shrimp dish at Christmas, only because it was his favorite seasonal food.  But...  They have some fancy chef at work and heard him raving about how fresh and good the seafood was.  So he might have been shooting himself in the foot there.

 

I did buy him some herbal oil type thing to apply.  It stinks.  Doesn't seem to help.  He is constantly hollering for ice packs.  They don't seem to help.

 

I am at my wit's end here.  He is only 50.  I'm older than him and have my own medical issues, am disabled and have chronic pain but somehow I manage to deal with it.  Thankfully, most of the time, my pain is not severe and I do not work.  He does work though so... 

 

Does anyone have an suggestions for him?  A woman I was talking to said there was a supplement that would help and didn't have shellfish in it but she couldn't remember the name.  I searched but didn't find anything other than various things that said they were good for inflammation.  I take MSM and it helps with *my* pain but my problems are not the same as his and I think that is more for the muscles.

 

I would just like to spend an evening here without him screaming in pain!  And I fear if he keeps on like this, he will lose his job.  He can barely walk and is constantly at some medical facility.  Used to be when he had a flare, it might last a week.  But this one has been going on solid since about Aug.  Help!

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Celery Seed extract. You can get capsules of this at your health food store.

 

A dear friend of mine had gout so severe that he has come close to dying. One time it was in his elbow and the swelling was so bad he finally went to the hospital. The doctors told him if he had waited a few hours longer he would have been dead. He used to get attacks so severe he couldn't get out of bed. He'd be fine for a few days and then it would come back for a week or two.

 

He was doing the cherry juice thing with little success. Then the lady at the health food store suggested the celery seed extract. It took a few days, but his gout cleared up, and in the past two years he has only had one attack - and that was when he was stranded in a snowstorm and hadn't brought enough of his celery seed to get through the extra days.

 

He needs to take it faithfully EVERY day. I hope this helps. :)

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Here's more anecdotal evidence that celery seed works.

 

http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/01/28/celery-seed-extract-for-gout/

 

I listen to this show on Saturday mornings. Every once in a while they do a show on home remedies, and this is from one of them.

 

I also looked it up and there haven't been any studies done on this so there is no scientific proof. But I DID notice that they say it's a diuretic, and also makes skin sensitive to sunlight, so if he tries it, have him use a sunscreen when summer comes around again.

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Celery Seed extract. You can get capsules of this at your health food store.

 

A dear friend of mine had gout so severe that he has come close to dying. One time it was in his elbow and the swelling was so bad he finally went to the hospital. The doctors told him if he had waited a few hours longer he would have been dead. He used to get attacks so severe he couldn't get out of bed. He'd be fine for a few days and then it would come back for a week or two.

 

He was doing the cherry juice thing with little success. Then the lady at the health food store suggested the celery seed extract. It took a few days, but his gout cleared up, and in the past two years he has only had one attack - and that was when he was stranded in a snowstorm and hadn't brought enough of his celery seed to get through the extra days.

 

He needs to take it faithfully EVERY day. I hope this helps. :)

 

Wow!  Thanks!  I know that celery in and of itself can help with joints.  I will get some of that.  But getting him to take it might be another thing.

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