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I have a congenital kidney issue that means that I don't process uric acid very well. I've suffered from this since I was in my 20's and it seems to effect the male side of my family. As a result I can experience gout attacks, mainly in the big tow but sometimes my knees or ankles.
Under normal circumstances I know how to handle this. I don't drink alcohol very often and if I do then I have to avoid real ale and wheat beers (nighrmare for a camra member!). I don't eat any of the high purine trigger foods other that oats and I drink about 4 litres of water a day, even if I'm just sat at my desk.
Anyway, as part of building up to Wimbleball and Bolton next year I've upped my cycling and running. As a result I have started to regularly get twinges in my toe. This is my alarm bell that I'm getting dehydrated and am going to be in trouble.
At the moment it is hurting quite a lot as I did 2 22km rides on Friday then 28km on Saturday. On each of those rides I drank 500ml of electrolyte drink.
I know I need to keep hydrated and more than the average bear but I'm starting to worry that before I get to the end of Wimbleball or Bolton I'm gonna be crippled by my own body not coping.
I've been looking at one of the speedfil systems that people have mentioned, I guess that might solve the problem and I have time to work out a strategy.
Does anyone here have any similar issues? I probably need to go and have a chat with the doctor, in the past he has suggested some drugs but they are the sort that once you start them you cannot stop them as it will cause a problem and I'd rather not go down that road just yet.