Wait a minute...how can I be suffering from the “rich man’s disease”?  That’s what they used to call Gout.  They also called it the “disease of kings” and I’ll tell you this...if I WAS rich, which I am not, I would happily pay a king’s ransom to rid myself of gout!

My right foot, heel, ankle, instep, big toe are inflamed by what I have dubbed a fella's response to the pain of childbirth.


In my active and adventurous past, I have ruptured both eardrums, passed a kidney stone, cut off the tip of my finger, broke my elbow, ruptured my appendix, broken both wrists, blew out my patella tendon, had my gall bladder removed and a hernia repaired, broke my left kneecap, fractured and dislocated my right ankle...and more....and this ... this son of a gun G-O-U-T is the most painful condition I can recall.

According to Wikipedia: High levels of uric acid in the blood (Hyperuricemia) is the underlying cause.  This can occur for a number of reasons, including diet and genetic predisposition

Dietary causes account for about 12% of gout and include a strong association with the consumption of alcohol, fructose-sweetened drinks, meat, and seafood. Other triggers include physical trauma and surgery.

I plead guilty on most of the causes... Soooo  I guess I will no longer wash down my Hydrocodone with a rum coke.  Time to address the causes because this in one set of symptoms I want gone!

Now, If you'll excuse me, I must move my crutches, crawl under my desk, writhe around and perhaps even cry a little cuz this baby REALLY REALLY HURTS!  Have a great Memorial Weekend!