Gout is one of the most common, yet painful types of arthritis. Usually, you will never see it coming, yet the attack can last for hours, days or even weeks.
The following gout treatment guidelines are designed to control the severe symptoms while alleviating the pain during an attack.
Just before we get started with pain management, you need to know the cause of this condition. Gout results from excessive accumulation of uric acid in the body. As this acid accumulates and builds up in your body, it crystallizes before affecting your joints. This can severely affect your health in the long run.
Therefore, if you diet is composed of too much purine-rich foods, chances are you will accumulate a lot of uric acid in your system. If your kidney fails to eliminate the excess amounts of such acid from your system, you will be at the risk of attacks. Among the various forms of arthritis, gout manifests the most obvious symptoms of redness and inflammation.
I bring this to your attention, because although you are probably suffering from gout pain right now, and all your focus is on relieving the pain, you need to be starting to think about making long term changes.
Gout treatment guidelines
Treatment focuses on providing immediate relief from inflammation and pain.
You have the option of medication or home remedies.
The most common home remedy is a cold compress, such as a bag of ice or even frozen peas. Place this on the affected area for 20 minutes at a time to relieve the pain.
Long term use of cold is not recommended as lower temperatures can cause the uric acid to come out of the bloodstream and cause further problems. But as an immediate pain relief, a cold compress is very effective.
Some people swear that cold cabbage leaves placed over the joint are much more effective than straight cold. This is an old folk remedy from way back, but it’s definitely worth trying.
A teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water is a very common remedy, with the idea being that the alkaline baking soda will neutralize the acid. Take care with this because it is possible to overdo a good thing. Just one teaspoon a couple of times a day is enough.
Some of the most commonly prescribed medications include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen. At the onset, you may be prescribed a high dosage of this drug in order to lower the pain and symptoms of arthritis. This dosage may then be lowered as the symptoms abate. However, while taking this medication, you may experience stomach pains, ulcers and bleeding as some of the side effects.
Colchicine is usually to be found in gout guidelines. It is another common treatment medication that is designed to counter the condition’s flare-ups while preventing repeat attacks.
As such, colchicine is designed to help reduce swelling on your joints while lessening the intensity of the pain resulting from an attack. There are two options for taking this medication. You can take the drug in small doses over a long period. Alternatively, you can take the drug in large doses over a short period.
However, you need to know that these medications cannot get rid of your gout permanently or lower your body’s uric acid levels. Once the initial pain is over you really need to take a look at your lifestyle choices.
There are certain basic lifestyle measures that you can adopt as part of your gout treatment guidelines. First among these approaches is weight management. Overweight people are more likely to suffer attacks.
Losing weight cannot only help you live a gout free life, it is also essential for the overall quality of your life. Therefore, you need to ensure that you maintain the ideal weight by having an active and energetic lifestyle.
Next, reevaluating your diet plan can be a very crucial starting point in treating and overcoming your problems with this condition. You need to commit to a diet plan that introduces less acid into your system or makes it harder to crystallize out of the blood.
Some of the foods that are high in purines (which breakdown into uric acid) include organ meat, poultry, fatty meats, seafood and yeast. Talking of yeast, you need to give up beer if you truly want to live a gout free life. Other people take the view that you should consider taking the alkaline diet approach, which has many health benefits.
Gout is a condition that can truly cripple your life. However, with effective treatment guidelines, you can overcome this condition. All you have to do is take the remedial and treatment measures seriously in order to overcome this condition effectively and completely.