Fight for fewer flares
Your’re doing all you know to rid yourself of painful gout flares. You take your medicine, watch your diet, stay active, and yes, sometimes even cross your fingers. Yet, although you’ve made progress, gout’s still sending you all-too-regular reminders of who’s really in control.
Gout is a chronic form of arthritis that is caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood. As your uric acid level increases, so does your risk of having gout and painful gout attacks.
But if you decrease your uric acid level and keep it low, you can reduce your risk of future gout attacks. And, there are treatment options that may help get you there. If you want to fight for fewer flares, now is the time to take action.
There may be better ways to fight
If you’re still suffering from gout flares, it is time to take action. By now you may have taken your medicine, watched your diet, and stayed active, but gout is still sending you those all-too-regular reminders of who’s really in control. Talk to your healthcare professional about fighting for fewer flares over the long term by reducing the uric acid that causes them. With a better treatment plan, it may be a whole different fight.
What Causes Gout?
Learn to fight back against the cause of your gout
Like most gout sufferers, you're probably more than familiar with the pain of gout flares. But you may not know what's actually going on behind the scenes, in your body, to cause the pain.
Gout is a painful form of arthritis caused by high uric acid in your blood (hyperuricemia). As your uric acid level increases, so does your risk of having gout and painful flares. Decreasing your uric acid to the recommended target level (less than 6 mg/dL) is the goal for managing gout over the long-term.
Gout flares occur when excess uric acid forms crystals, causing inflammation in your joints that leads to swelling and pain. Flares happen most often in the big toe, but can happen in hands, elbows, and knees.
Gout flares often occur without warning and can cause:
- Joint swelling
- Severe pain
What triggers a gout attack?
It is hard to say exactly what triggers an attack. They sometimes occur for no apparent reason. . .other times, something may seem to trigger the attack. Gout attacks may be triggered by alcohol, certain medicines, another illness, stressful events, or other factors.
Other known gout triggers include:
- Joint injury
- Eating too much of certain foods
- Crash diets
- Rapid lowering of uric acid levels with uric acid-lowering medicines
- Some cancer treatments
Where does diet fit in?
There's no denying that important steps like drinking plenty of nonalcoholic beverages (lots of water, less alcohol), exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting high purine foods are smart choices for people with gout. However, in most cases just changing your diet alone may not be enough to control your high uric acid.
The uric acid in your blood comes from purines that are produced by your body and also found in many foods. Most of your uric acid is produced naturally by your body, while the rest comes from your diet.
Some people produce too much uric acid, or have trouble eliminating what they produce. When this happens, uric acid levels may become too high and can lead to gout.
Eliminating high-purine foods from your diet may help lower your uric acid level. However, in most cases just changing your diet alone may not be enough to control your high uric acid.
If you're still flaring, it's time to take action. By now you may have taken your medicine, watched your diet, and stayed active, but gout is still sending you those all-too-regular reminders of who's really in control. Talk to your healthcare professional about fighting for fewer flares over the long term by reducing the uric acid that causes them. With a better treatment plan, it may be a whole different fight.
Manage Your Gout
Talk to your healthcare professional; there may be better
If you’re suffering from gout flares, now is the time to take action. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in your blood. By taking steps to decrease your uric acid level and keeping it there, you can fight for fewer flares over the long term. And, the sooner you can talk to your healthcare professional about your flares, the sooner you may be able to get on track for fighting back.
Important Steps to Gout Management
Effectively managing gout isn’t just a matter of taking pain medicine during a gout attack. Your doctor should talk to you about positive lifestyle changes, like good nutrition, exercise, and weight loss, which may make a difference in your gout and your overall health. In addition, your doctor may consider including medicines to help address the high uric acid that is causing your gout.
Making positive lifestyle changes
The foods you eat aren’t the cause of gout... but diet is the one of many things that can trigger gout attacks if you already have a high uric acid level. And, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise is an important part of your overall health. So, it makes sense to talk with your doctor about how improving your diet and getting more exercise can help make a difference for you.
Treating the pain and inflammation of the gout attack
Your doctor may prescribe medications or recommend over-the-counter treatments to address the pain and inflammation of your gout attacks. It’s important to remember, though, that treating pain and inflammation doesn’t address the underlying cause of gout, high uric acid.
Treating high uric acid, the cause of gout
Blood uric acid levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). A uric acid level below 6 mg/dL is the recommended target level for the long-term management of gout. As your uric acid level rises, so does the potential for gout and gout flares. Decreasing your uric acid reduces your risk of future gout attacks. In addition to diet and healthy lifestyle changes, there are also medicines available to help reduce your uric acid to the recommended target level.
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