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Eight Famous People with Gouty Arthritis

August 24, 2011 by Alex.

Gout is normally associated with portly historical figures such as King Henry the VIII. Benjamin Franklin missed several important meetings in which the Declaration of Independence was drafted due to gout flare ups, and had to be sent the documents to make his revisions.

But the rate of gout has doubled in the last 50 years, and remains on the rise. It now affects over 8 million Americans, most of them men, and many of them young and otherwise healthy, such as major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling. Gout is considered the most painful form of arthritis and remains a chronic and incurable condition. Luckily, it can be managed with diet and gout medication.

Fellow pitcher David Wells said he gave a "high falsetto scream, like a six-year-old girl", when he woke up with his first attack of gout and stood up on the affected foot. To see which famous basketball player and soccer star suffer from gout, and which well known actor developed gouty arthritis after gaining 60 pounds for a role (ending up in a wheelchair), check out the Health.com slideshow, 8 Famous People With Gout.

Filed under: Gout Arthritis.

Tags: people with gout, celebrities with gout, gout celebrity, gout pain, gouty arthritis, gout medication, colcrys, colchicine.

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