January 10, 2011 at 7:31 am #3481
Hi all, I'm new here. I've had some joint problems for three years or so, but a couple of weeks ago they got a lot worse and were in about all joints possible. I was in a lot of pain and had these feelings on my skin like if I had put my hands and feet into a nettle bush, which to me sounds like gout and nothing else. I went to see a doctor but he didn't really think it would be possible for me to have it because I'm young, female, skinny and vegan. What do you think? Could this be something else? I've stopped eating soy and other beans for now and am feeling better. Thanks for your helpJanuary 10, 2011 at 10:10 am #10862
Nettle stings don't even come close to gout pain I'm afraid. Your joint problems are far more likely to aenemia related, as a result of your diet. Buy some Floradix or start eating meat.
You should have a haemoglobin/blood test for this. Did your Dr suggest any other possible causes?January 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm #10865
I eat no meat – but fish, occasionally, and had gout for years.
The pain in joints seems to have been reported separately, by the OP, to the nettle rash- which I agree isn't goutlike. More like urticaria due to allergy. No reason why both complaints can't exist together.
Maybe Lib could clarify this?January 11, 2011 at 2:10 am #10880
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I went to see a doctor but he didn't really think it would be possible for me to have it because I'm young, female, skinny and vegan. What do you think? Could this be something else? I've stopped eating soy and other beans for now and am feeling better. Thanks for your help
Young reduces your risk because of hormone issues, and because you have less time for urate deposits to build.
Female reduces your risk because of hormone issues and because menstruation lowers iron in the blood, which is a serious risk factor for gout.
Skinny reduces your risk factor because most uric acid in our bodies comes from the natural process of cell breakdown. The less there is of you, the lower the risk of excess uric acid.
Vegan diet reduces the risk of purine intake that can elevate uric acid.
But there are plenty of young, female, skinny, vegan gout sufferers who have uric acid metabolism issues inherited from their parents, or promoted by certain medicines or other substances (especially metal salts, e.g. from lead contamination).
First step is a blood test to measure uric acid. This must be a number – never, ever accept a normal uric acid test result. Come back to us with that number, and we'll help further.February 15, 2011 at 4:26 am #11027
I have not eaten red meat in about 3 years, no alcohol, high fructocse corn syrup in that time. I'm 6'1″ and 190lbs, so I'm not overweight and I only eat chicken or fish once a week and I've had gout for several years now. I take 300mg of Allopurinol a day and take 220mg of Aleve for the occasional pain from gout. When people find out I have gout, they always mention the “diet thing” and it drives me crazy! I'm eating a healthier diet than most, I eat lots of fruit, veggies, especially avocados, tomatos, etc… and I do not drink alcohol of any kind or smoke or take any illegal drugs. Just bad genes, I guess…February 15, 2011 at 4:33 am #11006
Art- What SUAs are you running? How long on AP ?
[ Don't forget the bit above -about Meds. or even Lead pollution, when people ask about diet… ]February 15, 2011 at 7:19 am #11004
And, last but not least, multiple joint involvement also strongly points away from gout, especially early in the disease.
Lib, there was a young vegetarian here a while ago and he had gout.
Your uric acid numbers will provide strong eveidence one way or the other, as will a repsonse to colchicine to a lesser degree.
Gout does nopt feel like the superficial burn of a nettle bush but rather it is an excrucuating pain that seems to come from within the joint, more like someone has your bunion joint in a vise.February 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm #8372
I'm taking 1300mg of Allopurinol a day for about 4 months now. My SUA was 6.5 and I'll post my latest lad results when I get them on Friday. No flare-ups for awhile now, but you know how that goes…February 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm #8373
Oops, I meant “300”, not “1300”…February 17, 2011 at 4:04 am #11002
Looking forward to seeing your number on Friday, Art.February 16, 2015 at 2:47 am #19891
Another young skinny female vegan here with some issues that I suspect are gout. Not so serious as the frightening pictures you see on the internet, but sudden swelling of the big toe, red and so swollen I cannot even walk. Lasts for a few hours. It’s rare but it happens. :SFebruary 17, 2015 at 2:37 am #19909
Unfortunately, young, skinny, female vegans are not immune to gout. You might be less common than us old, fat, meat-eating males, but gout is just the same once you get it.
It never is serious at first. The excruciating pain passes in a few days or hours, but it is a warning you are mad to ignore.
Everyday that goes by, even if you are not in pain, the uric acid crystals are growing and spreading. They destroy joints. They destroy organs.
Best to control uric acid whilst you are young. It’s much easier and safer than waiting until you are too old to cope.