Well I'm home sick again... I've come down with a really bad case of gout in my right foot and I can't walk.
For those of you not familiar with gout, lets go to Wikipedia for some info;
Gout (metabolic arthritis) is a crystal deposition disease hallmarked by elevated levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia) in the bloodstream. In this condition, crystals of monosodium urate (MSU) or uric acid are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. It is marked by transient painful attacks of acute arthritis initiated by crystallization of urates within and about the joints and eventually leads to chronic gouty arthritis and the deposition of masses of urates in joints and other sites, creating tophi. Gout results from a combination of prolonged elevation of uric acid and overall acidity in the bloodstream.
So right now my big toe on my right foot is hot, swollen and extremely painful with a very localised and painful arthritis. I got next to no sleep last night as its so painful to have anything touch my toe, let alone let it touch the bed. So every five minutes I would roll over and try to get comfortable, only to be jolted awake in extreme pain.
Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it right now... just have to keep taking pain relief and wait for it to go away.
But the concerning thing for me is that having another bout of gout (hey, that rhymes) is very indicative of how crap my diet and lifestyle has been the last few weeks.
When I was in the dating wonderland, there was lots of pizza for dinner, lots of wine, lots of beer. All foods that are not only bad for the waste line, but also can contribute to gout.
I jumped on the scales this morning and saw my weight hit 98kg again... only three weeks ago I was back down to 94.8... so I've chinked on over three kilos just by eating shit, drinking too much and not working out enough.
I need to get my arse into gear and get back on track. Food is an issue for me again... I just have an appetite that can't be sated right now.
Maybe a 10 day detox program is in order? Flush all the crap out of my system.
Anyone done one of these? Will it kill me? Am I just looking for an easy fix instead doing the hard work that I know I need to do?