Gout is unbelievably painful and it can totally incapacitate you during an attack. Gout pain treatment is the first priority in managing this disorder, as the incredible pain is the most debilitating result of an attack.
Usually pain during an attack starts suddenly during the night. The pain can be so intense that even the weight of a sheet can be too much to bear. The pain will usually be accompanied by other symptoms such as stiffness of the joint making movement even more difficult.
Gout presents with pain and inflammation at the joint under attack. It is essential to seek treatment and bring down the pain to give some comfort to the patient. There are many types of natural, herbal and other remedies to bring this disorder under control. They can be also used to reduce the recurrence of gout attacks.
Many people go for medication to get immediate relief from pain after an attack. There are many medications that can be taken during an attack. They help bring down the pain and the associated inflammation in the joint.
Colchicine is one of the most regularly prescribed gout pain treatments. When this is taken, it gives some relief from pain in about 12 hours time and you can expect complete relief from pain in about 48 hours time. Side effects can include nausea and vomiting.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are often prescribed for treatment. These are found to be exceptionally good in treating the pain and inflammation. However they are known to have some potentially serious side effects. In particular they can cause stomach bleeding and some recent research indicates an increased risk of stroke or heart attack.
Yet another method is through corticosteroids in the form of injections that give early relief from the pain and reduce the swelling. This is an invasive form of treatment and is not a viable long term method of gout management.
Codeine and other analgesics are often prescribed for pain relief. These do nothing other than block the pain, and are not useful for bringing down the swelling significantly. They also do not have any effect on other symptoms..
Diet plays an important role in long term treatment and you must be well aware of the foods you must avoid. The purines in your food are the main source for high uric acid levels in the blood and hence all purine-rich foods must be completely avoided or significantly reduced.
Drinking abundant water helps you in bringing down the uric acid levels and hence you must drink at least ten to twelve glasses of water daily. This helps eliminate the excess through urine.
By avoiding the foods that increase the acid level and by taking in those foods that are known to neutralize the acid you can easily reduce the frequency and intensity of attacks and pain..
Apart from the above there are many herbal and natural home remedies that cure the pain, and hence they are also considered to be good for treatment.
Cherry juice, strawberries, alfalfa, celery seeds, fruits like bananas, apples, lemon, and vegetables rich in Vitamin C can also be used for treatment during an attack.