Gout is one of the many forms of arthritis, the disorder called hyperuricemia is what usually causes gout.
When there is an abundance of uric acid in your body. Uric acid is manufactured by the body when it dismantles purines.
Purines are usually found in the food you consume, and also it is in your body, when there is an abundance of uric acid in your body, uric acid crystals accumulate in your joints. Flare-ups caused by gout starts immediately.
Gout can be managed with medical treatments and medication prescribe by a medical professional, there are also things you can do to help ease the pain. There are some over the counter medications you can purchase to help relieve the pain.
You can manage your gout and at the same time improve your flare-up conditions so you can live a better quality of life. Enroll in a self-management education program, you can try to do moderate exercises that are easy on your joints for about an hour per week.
Eat a healthy diet, and try to avoid foods such as organ meats, red meats, and seafood, try to replace those meats with poultry. Do not drink too much alcohol especially beer, and high carbonated soft drinks, such as soda pops.
If you are over-weight you should try to lose some weight. You can help relieve gout pain by maintaining a desirable weight, low-impact exercises that are easy on the joints are the best exercise for people suffering from gout.
I discovered I had gout by accident, I passed out in my closet while getting dressed to go to work one morning. I got up off of the floor finishing dressing and went to work, I thought nothing of that incident. The next morning my elbow was swollen and very painful.
I had passed out once before, but I had taken some Nyquil nighttime cold medicine early in the day and forgot about it, so later on that day I drank two beers, and I think that is what did it. I did not take that incident seriously either.
I went to see the doctor about my sore swollen elbow, he said I did not hurt my elbow when I fell. He discovered I had a condition know as Cough Syncope, whenever I coughed hard and I was standing upright, I would pass out.
The doctor told me the reason my elbow was in pain and swollen was that I have Gout. It did not take that gout long to rack havoc in my life. That is one pain you do not want it comes and goes and sometimes it lasts for days.
I think drinking beer played a big part in my gout attacks. The doctor prescribed Colchicine tablets, I took them for about nine months, then he discovered Colchicine was damaging my kidneys, so I stopped taking that medication.
The doctor then prescribed Allopurinol, which I still take today. I have not had a gout flair up in two years, I do not know if it is due to the Allopurinol medication or because I stopped drinking beer. If you have gout, take your medication, eat healthily, and do not drink much beer or any alcoholic beverages.