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STUPID WINTER GOUT IN OUR FINGERS

It is extremely cold in the dam at the moment. It sucks. We have always very cold hands and feet. Just a couple of weeks ago, our fingers started to swell. We thought it was due to our fall on the icy pavement. Perhaps our fingers got a bit strained when we fell? It is 2 weeks later. The swelling has gone down a bit but it is still persisting. It is also happening on other fingers. Damn! We have always been in a warm tropical climate, so unlike this gloomy adventure. We just hope our gout will go away soon. We have been keeping warm and also eating right with Vitamin C supplements.

Gout was known to be the rich men's disease because it was thought to be due to a rich diet with alcohol. We have been eating really varied meals, definitely not what can be compared to a rich man's diet. We also have not been binging. So, what happened to us!

This is from ezinearticles.com on the weather and gout. 

There is always a surge in reports of Gout Attacks when there is a change in Seasons, especially when it starts nearing the Fall.

Changes in Barometric Pressure has many different effects on our bodies. The easiest and most obvious example is the pressure, feelings, and sounds in our Ears with changes in elevation. That same pressure can have effects on other parts of our bodies including our Breathing, Blood Pressure, and the way our Muscles and Joints feel.

As for Gout, those pressures can have greater and lesser effects on different individuals in regards to their Blood, Lymph and other bodily fluids moving and circulating properly, allowing for ample elimination and excretion of Metabolic Wastes. The greater the build up of Uric Acid Waste and other Acidic Waste, changes in Barometric Pressure certainly does create the right physiological circumstances for a Gout Attack to occur.

Whether or not each and every change in Barometric Pressure will trigger a Gout Attack in a specific individual is highly unlikely. It is more likely that sudden Changes in Temperature would be more conducive to that.

After an extended period of time like the Summer Season, our bodies acclimatize and become accustom to the consistency of the average temperature. If the overnight temperatures drop dramatically producing unusually cold mornings as in the Fall, it could be very easy for excess Uric Acid to form crystals in the joints of the extremities which is commonly characteristic.

As Fall approaches and the environmental temperatures consistently drop, our bodies start re-acclimatize and adjust to new operating body temperatures and adapt. Nevertheless, there are a number of contributing factors that make even the changes in the weather have more and less effects on people prone to Gout.

Humidity works in conjunction with the ambient temperature; high humidity can intensify the extremes in the atmospheric temperature. 100% humidity in Houston, TX on 90 degree day is nearly unbearable, and similarly, high humidity on a cold winter day in Boston is "bone chilling". Humidity can magnify the intensity of the effects of temperature on our bodies in subtle and not so subtle ways.

Sunlight is an often over-looked source of physical nourishment. Our free and ample source of Vitamin D is completely under-utilized in our modern society. Commonly linked to Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder, the Serotonin supplied by our exposure the Sun is essential.

What is equally important is to supply our bodies with is consistent exercise and movement. Especially important for the health and maintenance of our Lymphatic System, keeping the bodily fluids flowing steadily is a hugely ignored requirement. Unlike the Circulatory System, the Lymph system has no Heart as a pump to maintain the flow. There is more Lymph Fluid in our bodies than blood and this is the system that serves to facilitate the elimination of Toxic Wastes.

In summary, Weather certainly can have an effect on the occurrence of Gout Attacks. However, the cause of Gout is the intolerable build-up of Acid Waste.

4 comments:

Agepe said...

hahaha... nice pics, nice post. i like it

Anonymous said...

J'ai appris des choses interessantes grace a vous, et vous m'avez aide a resoudre un probleme, merci.

- Daniel

mayur said...

Hello, I am 24m..N few days back my little finger(Hand) started swelling and became red.. I thought it was some infection or so hence took antibiotic, but stil after two weeks the swelling has not reduced infact i am also feeling in other fingers..
Its mainly at the middle joint and slightly raised area can be seen..
I am not sure wheather its gout or something else :( PLs help..

Anonymous said...

We didn't take any antibiotics. We just took a lot of vitamin c. The gout eventually went away when the temperature rose a little. It is something that will persist. Cannot be helped. You just have to keep warm.

Fidgety Fingers

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