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February 5th, 2002

And the answer is... @ 03:15 pm

Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: System 7 - Expansion (Conspiracy Mix)

...it's gout! Haul out the powdered wig and make me an 18th century writer, I've got acid crystals in my ankle!

The doc looked at it for about five seconds and said "Yeah, it's gout." No stretched or pissed-off ligaments, which is a good thing; all I need to do is continue to chow down on ibuprofen, start taking colchicine again, and refrain from eating peas, lentils, beans, fish roe, scallops, oysters, abalone, shellfish, drinking beer or wine, and much red meat. Sigh.

If my ankle keeps on improving like it has been, I should be back to relatively-normal by Friday, though. Yay for being able to walk again!

 
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From:amberite
Date:February 5th, 2002 10:51 pm (UTC)

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Doesn't it just make you feel like an old-fashioned European nobleman, except for the having fun part?

(Er, sorry, I know it's gotta suck. But gout is all historical, and stuff.)
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From:moof
Date:February 5th, 2002 11:31 pm (UTC)
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I have a book called "Gout: The Patrician Malady"; it talks about the social role of gout in English upper society, 1700-1930 or so. It appears that those with aspirations of nobility wanted to have gout so that they'd be considered of good breeding.


Interesting reading, although a bit dry; I can lend it to you if you'd like....

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From:amberite
Date:February 5th, 2002 11:49 pm (UTC)

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I'd take you up on that, but my reading list is staggeringly full.

What I want to know is if this same principle can be applied to ailments of the modern age. For example, does having repetitive stress injuries make me l33t?
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From:moof
Date:February 6th, 2002 12:01 am (UTC)
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RSI lets you be part of the meat-packers and nerd communities, perhaps - but I wouldn't say it's a socially elevating syndrome. Before the 20th century, however, the notion of disease is all tangled up with who gets the diseases and why and what it means in terms of a top-down view of the world. That really doesn't exist any more, for both cultural and scientific reasons.

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