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How I Survived Gout Attacks in A Week

When I felt swelling in my left ankle, I went immediately to Watsons in the nearby SM Cubao to get some Alluporinol, Colchicine and Vitamin B+.

The pharmacist was actually helpful- she gave me an alternative to Alluporinol after I told her that I sometimes suffer from itch with this pill.

The next day when I was supposed to attend the annual get-together of Filipino Bloggers Network, the redness, swelling and pain have already spread throughout the ankle area. 

Nighttime came. The pain seemed to have heightened. 

Despite the pain, I did not intend to go to the hospital. In my last attacks more than two years ago, the hospital would give me pain killer then advise me to go home. 

I contacted Medicard through its My Pocket Doctor service and was recommended to take a collagen drink that is being sold at P80 per sachet.

My suffering did not end that day. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a nightmare that would last for a week.

The next day, my right foot also began to swell. Thus both of my feet were hurting, leaving me immobile. 

That time decided to go to the hospital, so I communicated with my brother. My insurance agent confirmed that I am entitled for some reimbursement. However, my brother told me he was growing fever and would run to attend to me once he gets okay.

I thought that going to the hospital would be impossible as no one could carry me—I cannot walk. I also realized that if I go to the hospital, no one would take care of my stuff as I am living alone. So it was better if I just stayed in my rented bedspace slot with three strangers who did the errand of buying me one-piece chicken at Ministop at the ground floor of our building every night.

The next day, my brother paid me a visit with a bag of food that I requested. He also bought me a pair of saklay which helped me move this 80-kilogram meat to the bathroom if needed. 

The swelling was still at its height on both feet. Some friends were very worried, but I was more worried I will not receive a salary from the days I've missed work. 

On its seventh day, I told myself that I cannot let the pain control me. I tried to walk to SM Hypermarket, a few meters down our building just to train myself how to walk even in pain. 

The security guard saw me struggling to walk, so he rushed to open the door for me. I went down the stairs with the help of the railings, and people who were walking with me could not help but notice the way I walk-- I'm sure they know I'm in pain. 

The next day when I did my laundry, I was approached by a neighbor while inside the elevator. He told me the bulge in my ankles are too huge and asked if it was gout. 

Riding a grab car, I went to Gateway which is around a kilometer away from where I live to have my uric acid checked. I ended up in QualiMed in Farmers and got to see positive results. Still that day, I could not walk easily and I was trying my best to look okay.

Whether I was ready or not, I had to go to work the following day. I woke up early for my seven o’clock call time and headed to Ortigas, sharing with my colleagues how gout could ruin a week.

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


  1. I hope you are doing better now. Never really know when things like this will happen and you just can`t be prepared well.


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