Paleo / Primal / Bacon / CleanEats Lifestyle
“26 and you have the gout? that is unlikely” said my doctor when I went in with knee-pain. This knee pain wasn’t from any kind of injury, fatigue or stress. I went to bed one night and woke up the next morning feeling like I had been hit with a sledge hammer in my right knee. I hobbled my way to the doctor and told him that I thought it was gout because of family history and the way it appeared out of nowhere. He told me it was highly unlikely and asked if I wanted x-rays, I of course declined because I didn’t do anything to injure it. He was still trying to push the x-rays when I re-affirmed that I thought I had gout in my knee. He finally took some blood to be tested and prescribed me Colchicine. I went on my way to the pharmacy and picked up my pills. The gout subsided after a few days of treatment.
Fast-forward the next two years and I would get random gout attacks in my knee and my ankles. I can tell you its like no other pain I have ever experienced. It feels like sharp knives are being jammed into your joints.
“Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.
Gout — a complex form of arthritis — can affect anyone. Men are more likely to get gout, but women become increasingly susceptible to gout after menopause.
An acute attack of gout can wake you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it may seem intolerable.” – Mayo Clinic
After I switched my eating ways to follow a Paleo lifestyle I haven’t had one gout attack. I used to think it was from shellfish. Before I went Paleo I stopped eating shellfish in fear of getting an attack but that never helped. I was drinking a lot of beer and eating a lot of heavily processed foods. When I say A LOT, I mean an unheard of amount of food. I was at my unhealthiest those 2 years. Going out and partying every night and eating like crap all day. Im surprised gout was the only thing that bothered me at the time.
Two years after starting Paleo, I eat as much shellfish as possible. It is my go to order at local restaurants where it is generally a Paleo safe option. With no gout flair ups in 2 years I can safely say that Paleo has cured my gout and not some medicine that only works after you get the gout. People were concerned that eating a lot of lean meat and shellfish would flair my gout up but I can honestly say I think it was heavily processed foods and beer that was causing the attacks.
“The next time your doctor or best friend says you’ll get gout from a Paleo diet, you can refer him or her to this article. Rest assured that a diet full of nutrient dense foods like grass-fed red meat, liver, shellfish, and fatty ocean fish is not putting you at risk for developing this painful condition. More likely to cause gout are the common American dietary staples such as sugar-sweetened beverages, industrial seed and vegetable oils, refined carbohydrates, and excessive alcohol (beer in particular). The Western diet pattern is a risk factor for gout; a nutrient-dense Paleo diet is not.” Chris Kresser
Just one of the many ways Paleo has changed my life!