What is the treatment for gout? Uric acid has been building up in your body for years. The damage has been done and now your living with excruciating pain. You want it to stop fast. You want and need answers now.
There are both traditional medical treatment for gout and more non traditional methods. In order to choose which path to follow it is up to you to do your research. The traditional gout treatment methods often prescribed by doctors will be reviewed here. Many of you may have followed them with different measures of success. For those of you wanting to seek out other options I will provide a link to further information.
There are basically to different areas you need to be concerned with. What do I do right now in the mid of an attack. I've wakened up the most unbearable pain imaginable and I want it to stop. How do I decrease my gout pain? The next area is how do I prevent future occurrences of gout. What do I change in my life to avoid having future attacks?
Ok, here's a couple of tips for dealing with the pain in that moment of attack. What you should be concerned with is reducing the inflammation. It is recommended that you rest and elevate the affected joints. Doing this until the attack eases and for 24 hours after can go a long way to help. However, as most of you are probably thinking more than a few hours is a little unpractical. You can also use ice packs to ease your pain and reduce inflammation ..
There are a number of medications (which I have spoken about in another article) that are often prescribed. One that should be avoided is aspirin. Although it is natural to think this would reduce your pain it can actually have the opposite effect. Aspirin may change the uric acid levels in your body and only make things worse.
Now what about long term. What can you do to help prevent future recurrences?
One of the things you need to do is drink plenty of water. I know you have heard it before, but the human body is about 60% water for adult men and 70% for adult women. It only goes to reason that a shortage of water in the body can throw many processes off balance.
Another commonly linked problem is obesity. Keeping your weight under control is important to many things and the prevention of gout is no different.
Controlling the types of foods you eat is important for the treatment of gout. Many foods will increase the levels of uric acid with your body.
Your doctor can talk to you about medicines that may help reduce the levels of uric acid in your body.