Simple Gout Treatment

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.

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Are You a Gouty Ostrich?

I hate saying there is a typical gout sufferer.

Every gout sufferer is different. Different symptoms. Different history. Different treatment needs. That is why I’m devoting 2015 to make my gout support services personal.

But within the group of individuals, there are always a few distinct types. The most common is probably like me – indulgent, inactive, overweight, and middle-aged. Before you get to my gout type, you are a pre-middle-aged Gouty Doubter, who thinks that eating the occasional fruit or vegetable in their week of 30 meat dishes will remove any chance of gout.

That unwillingness to accept gout as a warning to take serious action seems strongest in the sporty 30-40 year-olds. Every twinge is put down to over-exercise. Every swelling is a sports injury. “The doctor says my uric acid isn’t really high, so I can’t believe I have gout.” This is your Gouty Ostrich!

Find out now – Are You a Gouty Ostrich?

Automatic 30 Day Gout Control

I had gout for 8 or 9 years before I started GoutPal.

In GoutPal’s 10th anniversary year, I’ve come to realize the single most important thing you can do if you are confused about gout control.

Over the years I have investigated every way there is to control gout. I’ve tried several of these. Many were not successful, but I did eventually find a way that always works, for everyone.

Now, you might think that this is against my ethos of ensuring gout treatment is patient-centered. It is true that every gout patient must have their own personal gout treatment plan. A good doctor will provide this. The best doctors go further and provide dedicated support staff to guide your gout recovery on a personal one-to-one basis.

I’m always interested to hear from gout patients with good doctors. By sharing their experiences, they can help other gout sufferers. But, people who visit GoutPal are mostly confused, and feel let down by their doctors. They feel lost and lonely. I’ve been in that place where I did not know what to do next with my gout. I know people in worse places, who are so confused by bad medical advice that they cannot even consider a personal gout treatment plan.

So what is GoutPal’s magic formula for an automatic gout control process that works for everyone?

Read about GoutPal’s Automatic 30 Day Gout Control

Driving Blind with Gout?

My gout forums are an inspiration to me, and today I’m inspired to ask: Are you driving blind with gout?

This started when we discussed fear of allopurinol, and a need to avoid bad gout foods. Discussions about gout are always personal. That’s why they are so important. Fear of allopurinol is a personal issue. You can choose to try and overcome that fear, or you can choose to seek an alternative. But, if you choose to ignore it, you are driving blind with gout.

If you acknowledge that fear as a dislike of all medicines, you have to consider better gout diet. But, gout diet is just a form of gout treatment, so all the factors that make gout treatment work also apply to food, drink, and exercise. It’s pointless opening your eyes long enough to consider gout diet, then closing them when you need to plan your lifestyle changes. If you do not plan your diet properly, you are still driving blind with gout.

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What gift to help your gout?

If you could get a gift to help your gout, what would it be?

Over 40 months ago, I got the gift of a gout free life, when I finally took charge of my uric acid. So, these days, I don’t need a gift for my gout. But, I do like gifts for your gout.

Ask and ye shall receive!

Read about gifts to help your gout

Make Room For Gout!

Gout bursts into your life, and takes over.

Do you react with fear, loathing, or acceptance? Do you worry for years watching gout getting worse? Do you suffer for years – never knowing what to eat, and scared that your next meal will trigger an attack?

Life does not need to be like this for gout sufferers.

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GoutPal’s 10th Birthday

I’m celebrating GoutPal’s 10th birthday, and I want you to join in.

I want you to help me celebrate the fact that, in 10 years, I’ve helped over 3 million gout sufferers. Collectively, those gout sufferers have read over 10 million pages of top quality gout information. For the next 10 years, I’d like to help 10 million gout sufferers.

Now, I’m less interested in how much gout sufferers read. I want your gout help to be personal.

Every month, there are new gout studies that show the importance of personal gout help. When doctors assign a personal mentor, gout sufferers get better quicker. If you are lucky enough to have access to such a service, I urge you to take advantage of it. If you do not have such a service from your doctor, you can get it from me.

Last year, I started emphasizing the importance of personal gout treatment plans. I improved the gout forum, and related services, to make my gout support as personal as it can be. In 2015, and beyond, I’m committed to improving even more. I want to make it easier than ever for you to get your own personal gout treatment plans.

Right now, this means I have to scrutinize every page, and make sure it is clear to you. I want you to understand the facts about gout. More importantly, I want you to know how you can use these facts in your unique situation to control gout properly for the rest of your life. This works best when you tell me exactly what you need. Then I work with you and your doctor to make sure your gout is managed for you. What works for one person might not work for you, so we work together to make sure your personal needs are met.

GoutPal Helps Your Gout imageThere are thousands of options for gout treatment. It can be confusing. How do you know what you should do next? You can get some clues by reading my gout facts.
Then, you can get direct advice by making it personal. That is why I am celebrating 10 years of GoutPal by focusing on you.

Join in those celebrations today, or simply ask your gout questions now.

Gouty Tophi & Bone Erosion

Gouty tophi are usually noticed under the skin, and are not usually painful until they burst through the skin, or become infected.

We tend to ignore them in the early stages, and concentrate more on relieving the pain from acute gout flares.

But is this wise?

Now that technology allows us to see tophi growing into cartilage, tendons and bones, we can see it is not wise. I’ve added some more important 2014 information to this 2010 article about early detection of joint damage from new gout scanning technology. First let us see how this technology shows early tophi leading to bone erosion and severe, painful, joint damage.

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