I am anonymous above ^. I have used the monitor four times so far.
I have not been able to compare results with lab. derived ones yet.
I am on 600mg Allopurinol each morning and got the following results from the UAsure taken about two weeks apart.
4.1, "low", 5.1, 4.0.
All readings at around 17:00 GMT for consistancy.
It would be great to see a comparasin with some lab. results.
I would be happy with those figures. I didn't know anything about actual levels before this. My doctor told me over the years that my levels were "sky high" so I don't know the actual levels.
I have been on the Allo. for about eight months now. I went through hell and seem to be coming out into the clear now. Hope it lasts.
My lumpy knuckles are all gone.
Best of luck to all you soul mates out there.
Yeah, apcoach, The crystals give you hell on the way out again, I understand. The low UA levels in the blood allow the crystals to dissolve back into the blood. Proper blood Ph level helps this process too. The protein coat on the crystals gets shed so they can cause trouble again. The idea is to flush them out by drinking loads of water. The process can take a long time. It took half a lifetime to put the crystals in there in the first place so its going to take time to reverse that.
I use allpurinol to lower the UA and baking soda to keep the blood ph alkaline.
I don't know how long the process will take.
This info is what I understand from my own research so don't take it as gospel.
I purchased a uasure for my mom who is on diurectis and as a result has gotton gout. She is in her 80's and was put on allpronol several weeks ago. Unfortuantely the attacks were very bad. I beleive the Allproinol triggered them. After much thought she/we decided to
stop taking the medication. We started treating her with more distilled water, celery and cherry juice tablets. I understand one must be careful if on warifin and celery seed buth then they say the seeds are ok. All is a hard call. Mom is also a type 2 diabetic and has A fib.
She went in the hospital uith a ua reading of 11.4 now being home one week it is 7.3 I have not compared the uasure with lab results but I bet it is pretty accurate. I ordered it on line from a place in England who had great service and it was fedexed. I beleive it was about 140. dollars. The name was mentorhealthcare. You need to order strips as well. I think ebay has them to. It's a relief to have it for they don't sell them here in NY. Hope this helps any one contemplating a buy or a treatment.
Your mom's experience with allopurinol is not unusual. Allopurinol reduces the concentration of uric acid in the blood, which causes the rupture of the protective sheath that covers previously formed urate crystals in joint fluid, exposing the urate crystals to the immune system's sensors that initiate a gout attack. That's why allopurinol should be started at a low dose, and gradually increased to a full dose. Unfortunately, most doctors who prescribe allopurinol don't follow that procedure. After six to twelve months usage, allopurinol can be very effective in preventing further gout attacks. In its initial usage, allopurinol can actually stimulate gout attacks.
Does anyone know where I can get one of these? I tried the mentorhealth that was mentioned, but it seems to be in India or Indonesia and requires some registration which I can't figure out. I'd love to get one of these.
Your posts are very helful. For awhile I had been having these pains and did not know what they were coming from. I recently found out it was gout. All I have been doing is researching and trying to stop the pain from happening. The doctor put me on allo 100mg and that of course triggered an attack. I have small attacks in my feet and large ones in my left knee and elbow from time to time. I reaaly need to watch what I eat, but looking at the list of foods, I do not really eat foods high in purines. My mother told me about cherries and black cherry juice. I want to go to a higher dose of allo. Think it will help???
Started using the UASURE soon after posting here and it has been very helpful in tracking the level and letting us decrease his allopurinol dose. He now takes it twice a week, 75mg ec time to maintain a level below 7.