Monday, November 17, 2008

Today, inside my bubble ...

While waiting for Nicky whose having a tooth extracted at the dentist this morning ... popped into the clinic ... got frequent pain on my left big toe. Suspect maybe due the bunions on my feet after years of wearing high-heels to work ...
Arghhhh ... The Price of Vanity!

But this pain seem unlikely to be caused by my bunion. A blood test should soon confirm my doctor's suspicion ... it could be Gout.
... Boo hoo hoo ... The Joy of Glorious Food!

What is Gout? It's more common in men than in women and caused by too much uric acid in the blood. When uric acid levels in the blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in the joints. Eat too much meat especially red meat (beef), fish that are high in chemicals called purines like 'ikan kembong' (mackerel), drink too much alcohol, overweight and some medication can cause it.

Most common sign of gout is a night-time attack of swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in the big toe or the foot or the ankle or the knees. Attacks can last a few days or many weeks ... the pain goes away.

Hmmm ... I am still young at heart but I guess my spare-parts are not! They are not running as smoothly as they should. Well, that's just my conscious mind telling me ... but my sub-conscious mind is right! It's telling me ...

"I am well and I am getting better!"

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