I went to see my chiropractor, Dr. Lawson, today. I try to get in to see him once a month or so for a tune-up. I told him my mid-back was feeling kind of stiff. Right around the bottom of the ribcage.

We engaged in the usual “How ya been?” smalltalk as he gets to work. I tell him about my bout with kidney stones last week. He says “Makes sense. The part of your back that’s hurting is right where the main kidney nerve is. It got quite a work-out. It’s totally logical that you feel discomfort there.”

Then I tell him that right after the hospital visit, I started to experience a pretty severe gout attack. I attributed it to coincidence (bad assumption…again), but Dr. Lawson told me that the pain medication I was given got processed by my liver. The liver also processes uric acid, which is the culprit behind gout. The liver can only do so much, so as it allocated resources to taking care of the morphine it was not able to deal with my normally elevated uric acid level. That lead to the gout flaring up.

That’s a pretty over-simplified explanation of an obviously complex system, but I like it when a puzzle comes together.

Two concluding thoughts:

1) I’ve made chiropractic part of my regular health regimen for about 32 years. I’ve never run into a bad doctor, but I will say that Dr. Lawson is unequivocally the best chiropractor I’ve been to. If you’re looking for the cream of the crop, he’s your man.

2) If you’re wondering what gout feels like, do this; take off your shoes and socks, go over to the nearest wall and start kicking it with your big toe as hard as you can until you break your toe, and then kick some more. Do that for 4 or 5 days.