I know gout can be complicated, but let's try the simple approach to gout treatment before we look for difficulties.
Gout treatment is the heart of finding gout freedom.
Gout treatment must be preceded by a proper medical diagnosis of your gout symptoms.
Gout treatment might be followed by adjustment to your gout diet.
So for all of you making life difficult for yourselves by worrying about food and drink - stop now. Do not even think about diet until you have a good gout management plan.
1. Starting A Gout Treatment Plan
The best gout treatment plan starts with good diagnosis from your doctor(s). If you have a confirmed gout diagnosis then move to step 2.
Gout diagnosis can be difficult for a small minority of gout patients. For most people, it is very simple.
If your gout symptoms are not confirmed, see your doctor or rheumatologist today. If they are confirmed, a more complete analysis of possible causes is useful, but not essential. If you have it, it may give you more options for gout treatment.
I will announce a personal gout symptoms assessment tool soon. In the meantime read the Gout Symptoms section, which is first in the list of sections near the top and bottom of every page. If you still have questions, ask in the Gout Symptoms forum.
2. Your Gout Treatment Plan
With your gout symptoms confirmed, you need to work with your doctor to develop a good gout treatment plan.
There are several stages to your gout recovery, and each stage requires clear goals, appropriate therapy, and meticulous monitoring. My gout treatment section covers the stages of therapy for lowering uric acid. It also covers the pain relief you will need during early weeks or months as you start your recovery.
3. Help Your Gout Treatment Plan With Diet
Though many gout sufferers, and some healthcare professionals, become obsessed with food and drink, diet has little effect on gout in most people. Clearly, if your diet is bad by recognized nutritional standards, then it may have a bad effect on gout. Obesity, and excess animal protein, consumption can make gout worse. But frankly, you should worry more about the potential risks of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
If you have a good gout treatment plan, then you might help it by assessing your diet. You might be able to improve diet to assist both uric acid and pain relief aspects of your gout treatment plan. However, without the monitoring that is vital to a good treatment plan, any diet changes are pointless. As you will see in my Gout Diet section, food and drink can have small changes on uric acid and on inflammation.
In the context of a good treatment plan, some gout patients can manage their gout with diet changes alone. But it is very easy to get it hopelessly wrong, so if you are considering gout diet improvements as a treatment option, please ensure you arrange regular uric acid tests with your doctor, or spend a few dollars on a home uric acid test kit.