Often referred to as the Disease of Kings, Gout is a one type of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid than the body can process. The excess uric acid eventually forms into urate crystals that find their home in joint tissues, causing joint inflammation. The pain can be intense, forcing gout sufferers (a great number of them men as young as 16 to as old as 75) to seek immediate pain relief.
Gout is a chronic and progressive disease, meaning it does not have a cure. So if you are looking for a royal treatment for gout, you are most likely not going to find one. Treatment options are often geared at alleviating the symptoms only, and taking means to prevent attacks. If you are suffering from gout or know of someone who is, the following pieces of information can be of great use:
• Reduce consumption of or eliminate foods that can trigger gout attacks. Red meat and meat organs, asparagus, shellfish, mushrooms and alcoholic drinks are to be avoided when you have gout. Instead, have more alkaline foods in your diet. Most vegetables and fruits when eaten in their raw or fresh states help to counterbalance the acidity of the uric acid.
• Gout attacks are expected following a high-purine meal. So if your food choices for the day include lots of proteins, better keep pain relievers (ibufropen is recommended since aspirin has been found to worsen gout attacks), and doctor-prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) handy, otherwise it’s going to be another long, painful and sleepless night for you.
• Cold packs and warm compresses can provide immediate but temporary pain relief.
• Drinking water can prevent gout attacks and prevent the formation of kidney stones, a possible consequence of gout. Drinking at least 8 glasses daily keeps the urine diluted, making it easier for the uric acid to be excreted out of the body.
• Exercising regularly can help prevent gout attacks. Focus your workouts on body parts that are usually affected by gout, such as the big toe and the ankle. Exercising on a regular basis facilitates good blood circulation, facilitating also the excretion of the uric acid out of the system.
• Reduce your weight if on the heavy side. Weight gain can add more pressure on the affected joints, making the pain more intense.
Apparently, there is no royal treatment for the “disease of kings”, but there are certainly steps one can do to reduce the pain and prevent attacks.