Hi Christine, Jjlinden and everyone whose help has meant so much. Early hours of Thursday my husband was in agony with gout. He took the dreaded colchicine 4 tablets on Thursday and 2 on Friday. At least he was able to walk into the hospital later Friday to see the nephrologist...... What can I say.... we were both so impressed as he had all records, blood tests and information from the last 20 years and had studied them all so there was nothing we needed to tell him. His advice....colchicine is the best treatment for a gout attack so take them for a day or two but stop as soon as they affect the bowel. Apparently he has had CKD for years and the kidney function has gone up and down in a pyramid fashion never a straight line down and down. He is confident that his kidneys are not holding on to liquid so the answer is to keep his kidneys hydrated and the gout will go also. Drinking lots and lots of water is not the answer so prescribed sodium bicarbonate capsules 500 mg each capsule and to take 2 of them 3 times a day. It sounded strange to me as my husband is on a low salt diet. Upon examination he was delighted there was no swelling, muscles well toned and blood pressure better than his own. From there he had a kidney and bladder ultrasound and everything appeared normal. We were with the nephrologist for over one hour, not concerned about the anaemia as it is reversible without treatment apart from hydration. He wants to see us again next Friday when he will have a plan drawn up for review over the next 6 months. It was music to my ears when he said........ I am confident you have nothing to worry about, you are in fine shape we will resolve this cycle and have you on a much more even level.............. This morning at 8am my husband came into our bedroom carrying a mug of tea with the words. Morning sweetheart..... I barely have a twinge...... What a difference a day makes......that was a song I think ? Chat soon. Love to you all xx xx
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