Gout is one of the most painful types of arthritis, and one of the most inconvenient. You get no warning when an attack is going to begin, and it can last for seconds, minutes, hours, or days. It can happen when you are walking, standing, sitting, sleeping…nothing you do seems to trigger it, and nothing you do will make it go away until it is ready to. What you need are some gout treatment guidelines to help you deal with it.
You need to know what causes this miserable condition. Uric acid is the culprit. Normally, your kidneys will remove the excess uric acid from your system. If it doesn’t, the acid forms sharp little crystals that travel to your extremities (usually your big toes) and lodge there, causing sharp, intense pain. Excess is caused either by a dysfunctioning kidney, eating too many foods high in uric acid, or your body producing too much of it on its own.
Your gout treatment guidelines should include the following:
- Stop drinking alcohol…especially beer. Beer contains yeast, which is a bad thing to consume if you have gout.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. It will help your kidneys do their job of flushing out the uric acid.
- Lose some weight…it will reduce the uric acid in your body.
- Do eat lots of raw vegetables and fruits…especially cherries and strawberries.
- Do not eat foods that are high in purines (purines = uric acid). Fats, fatty meats, seafood, poultry, any organ meats, yeast…it’s a long list.
Sticking with these gout treatment guidelines will not cure your gout, but, hopefully, it will lessen the severity, shorten the duration, and make the attacks less frequent. Anti inflammatory drugs and pain killers will ease the pain a bit, but do nothing to prevent them from occurring.