Gout Prevention – Get Rid of Painful Gout

Published: 12th March 2012
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This morning, you woke up with so much pain and stiffness in your leg area and getting up becomes such an arduous task. It’s been like this for many weeks now but today the pain gets much more intense.

After a quick visit at your doctor’s office, your suspicion is finally confirmed – you have gout.

Gout is a medical condition that is a species of arthritis and usually attacks middle aged to elderly people. Experts say that it is more common among men, rather than women.

Although the symptoms may be common among people such as stiffness, burning pain, redness, tenderness and aching joints, but perhaps the most foolproof symptom of gout is the swelling of the joints, most especially the big toe. Your feet, ankles and knees are also the usual targets of pain.

These symptoms usually occur during nighttime and the attacks can usually last from days to weeks, and at different levels of unceasing pain and swelling.

Gout can be easily detected through blood testing. It is more likely to occur when there is very high level of uric acid in the blood, thus causing crystals to form in the joints area.

There is also an increased tendency of occurrence of gout among those who are obese, alcoholics or purely meat and fish eaters which have a high content of purines. Beers, seafoods like sardines and anchovies, beef, pork, mushrooms, cauliflower, peas and lentils are said to have high levels of purinens in them.

Diuretics or those suffering from frequent urination and are under medication for the said ailment, are also likely prone to having gout.

Doctor Recommendations for Gout

Once your doctor sees signs or symptoms of gout, depending on your level of discomfort and the uric acid in your blood, he may advise to you to be under medication.

It is easily treated through shots of corticosteroids as well as colchicine, along with any other medicine to relieve your gout. Depending on the improvement of relief in your symptoms, your doses may gradually decrease as the pain goes away.

For intense pain relief, your doctor may also prescribe pain relievers such as ibuprofen tablets and mefenamic acid, just so you could still go on with your daily activities and not be hindered by too much pain caused by the blockage in your joints area.

Always remember this: When gout attacks occur, refrain from taking aspirin tablets that may only cause your gout symptoms to increase.

First of all, aspirin is never an answer to managing pains, especially in the joints,

Aspirin can cause the uric acid level in our body to increase, which may lead to crystal formation in the joints, and eventually to gout. This is because aspirin, when consumed, is quite more difficult for the body to metabolize and excrete out of the body.

Our kidneys are responsible for cleaning out the toxins in our bodies and aspirin can only make them work much harder and eventually causing them much difficulty in excreting other harmful toxins in the body, including the uric acid.

Holistic Treatments For Gout

They say that prevention is much better than cure. The good news is, even if you have not prepared or armed yourself to prevent the occurrence of gout, it is still not too late to start now, even if you’ve already had previous bouts with it.

Gout is very much a treatable disease and once treated, may disappear for life and you can go on and be healthy. All it takes is a healthy and positive attitude and a few lifestyle changes in order to have a gout-free aging.

Of course, you may take the shorter way of managing your gout through the use of steroids such as prednisone and other medicines.

But mind you, if you decided to take the long road and try to live a healthy lifestyle, you can not only avoid gout but other diseases as well. This can happen by avoiding things that may lead you to develop gout – by avoiding food that cause your level of uric acid to increase. These may consist of food that has very high levels of salt content.

Perhaps the first step to managing your symptoms is to have your blood checked for uric acid level. The normal level of uric acid in the body is 6mg/dL. Anything above that is already susceptible to developing gout. You may also want to have your kidneys checked.

Chances are you may have kidney problems that lead them to having difficulty in excreting the uric acid from your body. To help ease out this problem, you need to drink plenty of liquids, especially water, to wash out all the toxins and help your kidneys in their cleansing process.

Lastly, try to eat low-fat dairy products to decrease your chances of having gout.

When you talk about over-all wellness, it is quite impossible to take exercise out of the equation. So, no matter how dreadful it may sound, exercise should always be part of your daily regimen in order to be healthy and strong.

Lastly, many gout sufferers swear by the miracles of herbal medicine to help eliminate their symptoms. Cherries and the so-called “devil’s claw” are only some of the natural herbs that are popular for treating joint inflammations.

Foods that are rich in folic acid can also provide a good treatment

Severe Gout

Should your gout get more severe, medicines may not be able to treat it properly. Thus, surgery may be the most welcome solution.

It is said to be severe if gout has been going on for at least 10 years and the body has become non-responsive to several treatments. The uric acid crystals may have deposited and become stagnant in the joints already, thus forming chalky nodules called “tophi”. Surgery is therefore done as a procedure to remove tophi and excise them from the joints.

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