What Is Good For Gout

What’s Good for Gout Pain Relief?

Nel92 asked 5 years ago

My dad has Gout… something that has to do with crystallized uric acid in his joints i think, and he’s been having some really bad pains. It kinda bugs me to see him like that so i wanted to know of anything that helps relieve the pain.

 

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JeffKan1 answered 5 years ago

Gout is a 2-headed monster: your dad needs relief from the attack, and then he also needs a plan to prevent them from happening in the future.

There’s a ton of people that get gout and just are not sure what to do. So here’s my information that I’ve learned in 11 years of fighting gout, and I seem to be getting it under control.

Best website I’ve found so far: www.best-gout-remedies.com.

For gout attacks, indomethacine and/ or colchicine. You’ll need scripts from his dr. for these.

For the rest of his/your life, do these things: drink lots of water, 1 oz for every 2 lbs of body weight, each day. Once or twice a day, sip on 8 oz of water mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Helps the body be more alkaline (opposite of acidic) and get rid of uric acid.

Take allopurinol every day. Very inexpensive and no side effects, you’ll need a script for this. Helps the body get rid of uric acid.

Take celery seed pills. These may help the liver not to create so much uric acid. For diet, stay away from things that dehydrate the body, like beer and coffee. Don’t eat organ meats, high fructose corn syrup. Avoid beer; red wine occasionally is ok. Eat lots of fruits and veggies, cottage cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt in smoothies mixed with orange juice and fruit. Drink fruit juices that are 100% juice, V8 VFusion is my favorite, it comes in many flavors.

Educate yourself on foods that are high in purines, avoid these foods as the body turns purines into uric acid.

Good luck to you and your dad!

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Thanks for all the answers, I truly appreciate it. My dad’s all better now, I’m hoping he won’t get an attack any time soon, I’m relieved to know that there are ways to help combat this ‘two-headed monster’ and I appreciate your sharing of personal experience with gout. Thanks a lot!

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katrina answered 5 years ago

Fresh cherries are in season (frozen if you cant find fresh)…and health food stores carry pure cherry juice I believe. Drink more water is a given! But research the cherries they are a proven help with gout as they help to neutralize the uric acid

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I <3 the Holidays answered 5 years ago

Gout – Home Treatment

 

Gout, an inflammatory joint disease causing acute pain and swelling, usually develops after a number of years of buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissue. If you have been diagnosed with gout, take steps to:

 

* Decrease the pain of an acute attack.

o Rest the affected joint until the attack eases and for 24 hours after the attack.

o Elevate painful joints.

o Relieve inflammation by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Do not take aspirin, which may abruptly change uric acid levels and may make symptoms worse.

* Prevent recurrences.

o Control your weight. Being overweight is a risk factor for gout. If you are overweight, a diet that is low in fat may help you lose weight. But avoid fasting or very low-calorie diets. Very low-calorie diets increase the amount of uric acid produced by the body and may bring on a gout attack. For more information, see the topic Healthy Weight.

o Limit alcohol, especially beer. Alcohol can reduce the release of uric acid by the kidneys into your urine, causing an increase of uric acid in your body. Beer, which is rich in purines, appears to be worse than some other beverages that contain alcohol.1

o Limit meat and seafood. Diets high in meat and seafood (high-purine foods) can raise uric acid levels.

o Talk to your doctor about medicines you take. Certain medicines that are given for other conditions reduce the amount of uric acid eliminated by the kidneys. These include pills that reduce the amount of salt and water in the body (diuretics, or “water pills”) and niacin. Regular use of low-dose aspirin may raise the uric acid level. Since low-dose aspirin may be important for the prevention of stroke or heart attack, your doctor may want you to continue to take low-dose aspirin.

* Modify your risk factors.

o Keep your weight within the normal range for your height.

o Follow a moderate exercise program.

o Avoid a diet rich in meat and seafood. Making changes in your diet may help with your gout. If you want to try an eating plan for gout, see:

Gout: Changing your diet.

o Have an evaluation for lead poisoning if you have been exposed to lead in your job or through hobbies.

* Continue to take the medicines prescribed to you for gout. But if you have not been taking medicines that lower uric acid (such as probenecid or allopurinol) prior to the attack, do not begin taking it when the attack begins. These medicines will not help relieve acute pain and may actually make it worse.

In the past, gout was thought to be due to drinking too much alcohol and eating too many rich foods. Although eating certain foods and drinking alcohol may trigger a rise in the level of uric acid in the body, these habits may not by themselves cause gout. Gout is most often caused by an overproduction of uric acid (due to metabolism problems) or decreased elimination of uric acid by the kidneys.

Gout – When To Call a Doctor

Call or see your doctor immediately if you have:

* Severe pain in a single joint that comes on very quickly.

* Swollen, tender joints with overlying warm, reddened skin.

Watchful Waiting

During an acute gout attack, you may be able to relieve some of your discomfort by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or colchicine and resting the affected joint until the attack eases. You can use ice to reduce the swelling.

Although aspirin is an NSAID, don’t take it for gout. Aspirin can actually make gout worse by abruptly changing the uric acid level in the blood.

It is important that you see your doctor even if the pain from gout has disappeared. The uric acid buildup that caused your gout attack may still be irritating your joints and could eventually cause serious damage. Your doctor can prescribe medicines that will prevent and even reverse the uric acid buildup.

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