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Bill's story – gout

Retired builder Bill is in many ways a ‘typical’ person with gout. He developed gout nearly 40 years ago when he was working away from home during the week on building sites, eating daily fry-ups and knocking back around 30 pints of bitter a week. His grandfather, father and half-brother all had or has gout.

After his first bout he suffered two or three attacks every year. He’s been treated by Professor Doherty at the City Hospital in Nottingham for the past five years and is currently on a daily dose of 600 mg of allopurinol. He hasn’t had a new attack for three years, which he puts down to the medication but also to an improvement in his diet which saw him lose several stones in weight. ‘I wouldn’t wish the pain of a gout attack on anyone: no matter where you put your foot the pain was always there,’

‘The frying pan literally went out of the window,’ says Bill. He began eating muesli for breakfast, steak only every couple of weeks and 30 apples a week.

‘I wouldn’t wish the pain of a gout attack on anyone: no matter where you put your foot the pain was always there, says Bill, who also has osteoarthritis and had a knee replacement 10 years ago.

‘The pain was unbelievable. But now, I’m very glad to say, it’s much more under control.’

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