In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Health Minute", Dr. Connie Mariano shares several tips about what you can do if you suffer from gout.
Dr. Connie Mariano: Relief from gout is possible, but it might take some time and effort.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano, Chief Clinical Officer with EmpowHER, and we know how much gout can hurt.
This form of arthritis attacks the joints and the pain can last for hours, if not days.
According to a recent study by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, some people suffering from gout find relief through non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, cochicine, and glucocortocoid drugs. But according to that same study, some patients say those same drugs did nothing to alleviate the pain, and may have made it worse.
Finding the right diet can be challenging too.
You want to eat foods low in purine like fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. Try to avoid carbs, sugars, and animal proteins, which tend to have higher levels of purines.
Make sure to talk with your doctor about what is working and what is not. Good communication is key to finding relief.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano with what you can do about gout.
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Gouty Arthritis .Gout can be the biggest problem for someone. Gout is a painful type of arthritis which occurs when there is an excess of uric acid in the joints. It is also referred to as “gouty arthritis. A gout attack may surprise you anytime that should be given enough attention to be treated.June 12, 2012 - 1:08am
I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT TREATING MY GOUT BY DRINKING LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER! ALSO, WHEN MY GOUT DOES FLARE UP (IN MY BUNIONS) I PUT CHARCOAL POWDER MIXED WITH WATER INTO A PASTE ON THEM AT NIGHT, THEN PUT A PIECE OF GAUZE ON TOP OF THE CHARCOAL MIX, THEN I WRAP THAT WITH TOILET PAPER AND TAPE IT AROUND THE TOE AREA AND THE MIDDLE OF MY FEET. THEN IN THE MORNING, I JUST PULL OFF THE GAUZE WITH THE CHARCOAL (WHICH HAS DRIED OVERNIGHT) AND WASH ANY EXCESS OFF. MY FEET FEEL MUCH BETTER THE NEXT DAY. I ONLY DO THIS WHEN THE GOUT FLARES UP. I DO NOT TAKE ANY MEDICATION FOR GOUT, AS THERE ARE TOO MANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE MEDICATIONS. I HAVE ALSO TAKEN MOST OF THE SALT OUT OF MY DIET, WHICH HAS HELPED TOO. I HAVE MUCH FEWER GOUT ATTACKS SINCE I HAVE BEEN DOING THESE THINGS.April 25, 2012 - 1:24pm