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Gout Attacks Post Op

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Started by mandyrenee82, Jun 18, 2013 5:23 AM
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    mandyrenee82

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 5:23 AM

#1
I was sleeved 4/16. Everything was dandy until the 3rd day I came home. I got the gout attack from hell. I have had kidney problems since childhood. so gout is nothing new to me although preop it was well controlled. I knew I hadn't ate or drank anything to cause an attack. I researched it and came to find out that surgery and rapid weight loss will cause gout flare ups. Well after a trip to the ER, a shot of morphine and a script of percocets later, I felt better. I could actually walk but not long distances. My poor husband had to push me around in a wheelchair to my college classes and finals. Well I got better. Didn't need a wheelchair anymore. Then this past Friday, I woke up and couldn't move. I cant walk once again. it was back although I'm not sure it totally went away. My pcp gave me tramadol which is useless. The only thing that ever worked was Alleve and now I can't take it. Anyone else have gout problems after surgery? I've been stuffing my face with cherries because I hear that helps but no luck. I'm just wondering why my pcp didn't put me on colchicine or allopurinol. Is it safe for out sleeves?


    mandyrenee82

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 5:24 AM

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PS I have fibromyalgia, too. Talk about insult to injury.


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Posted June 18, 2013 - 5:39 AM

#3
My husband has gout and takes allopurinol and colchicine everyday to keep the attacks at bay. When you said they keep giving you pain medicine makes no scents to me. Maybe you should call your surgeon and ask if you can take those medicines.


    tommyd

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Posted June 18, 2013 - 6:43 AM

#4
I had one gout flare up at about two weeks. I got a steroid shot and it cleared up quickly. I don't take any preventine meds anymore and that was my last bout of gout,, six months ago.


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Posted July 6, 2013 - 9:29 AM

#5
I had surgery 4/9/13 and experienced gout attacks a few times since. I'm currently on cholchicine and it clears it up in a couple of days. Its very frustrating because im not ingesting anything i did before to bring on flare ups i.e. Fatty foods,alcohol,seafood. I did not realize that weight loss would have gout as a byproduct :( .
Im going to go on allopurinol in a couple of weeks after the attacks subside and stay on it for about 6 months until my weight has stabilized. I'm down 80 lbs. Since February and life as a sleever has been uneventful aside from this gout issue. Currently dealing with this problem has disrupted my exercise program (c25k) otherwise I feel great!


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Posted July 6, 2013 - 9:52 AM

#6

I was sleeved 4/16. Everything was dandy until the 3rd day I came home. I got the gout attack from hell. I have had kidney problems since childhood. so gout is nothing new to me although preop it was well controlled. I knew I hadn't ate or drank anything to cause an attack. I researched it and came to find out that surgery and rapid weight loss will cause gout flare ups. Well after a trip to the ER, a shot of morphine and a script of percocets later, I felt better. I could actually walk but not long distances. My poor husband had to push me around in a wheelchair to my college classes and finals. Well I got better. Didn't need a wheelchair anymore. Then this past Friday, I woke up and couldn't move. I cant walk once again. it was back although I'm not sure it totally went away. My pcp gave me tramadol which is useless. The only thing that ever worked was Alleve and now I can't take it. Anyone else have gout problems after surgery? I've been stuffing my face with cherries because I hear that helps but no luck. I'm just wondering why my pcp didn't put me on colchicine or allopurinol. Is it safe for out sleeves?


I have also had this issue post surgery. Here is solution that works well for me. When I feel the gout coming on I flush my system with as much water and lemon juice as I can stand. Lemon juice is a natural way to get rid of the uric acid. I think the gout is triggered by the large amounts of protein we are taking in. If you catch it early it will be gone in a day or two. I like Excedrin for pain myself when I just can not take the pain. Good luck.


    LindafromFlorida

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Posted January 21, 2014 - 10:14 AM

#7
This is an old thread but I am hoping someone might respond with help. I was sleeved 11/18/13. Came down with gout 12/26, first time ever. Research scared me to death. Went to "street clinic" and was given prednisone, antibiotic and tylenol. One week later much worse and got in to see my internist. Said I had no choice but to take Colcrys and Indomethacin (even though sleeve surgeon's partner told me by phone it would "eat" my new sleeve.<br /><br />Took these a week and feeling great, came off them, but gout came back with a vengeance. Pain is horrible. Back on the Colcrys and Indomethacin one day now. Everything I read scares me. My sleeve surgeon says he doesn't treat gout (LOL - everything I read says sleeve/diet caused gout). I know there is allupurinol to ward off gout.<br /><br />Desperately seeking any advice.


    hoody

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Posted January 21, 2014 - 1:29 PM

#8

My surgeon said cholchicine was not a stomach irritant. I've experienced no problem with that. I have since been on allopurinal just to be safe. No issues since. I'm thinking of going off it when perscription runs out next month since I've lost all my weight.




    LindafromFlorida

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Posted January 21, 2014 - 3:34 PM

#9
Thank you! Indomethicin is my real worry, but I do plan to get on the allopurinal when this gets under control. Congrats on your weight loss!


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