In Gout And Acupuncture I show how acupuncture is used to treat gout. Specifically, I look at acupuncture to treat gout pain. Also, to treat excess uric acid.
Gout And Acupuncture Audience
I wrote Gout And Acupuncture for GoutPal Seekers. So, to find which type of gout sufferer you are, read Questions for Gout Sufferers first.
In particular, Gout And Acupuncture helps GoutPal Seekers at Step 3. That is, it helps you learn more ways to treat gout pain and uric acid.
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Allopurinol Alternatives: Is Anything Better For Gout? explains medical and non-prescription alternatives to allopurinol. So, it helps you to decide if you want to lower uric acid with allopurinol. Or, do you prefer:
- Other uric acid lowering medications.
- Herbal uric acid meds.
- Natural uric acid diet improvements.
Allopurinol Alternatives Audience
I wrote Allopurinol Alternatives for GoutPal Seekers. GoutPal Seekers know they must lower uric acid. But, they are not certain of the best way to treat uric acid. So, this article introduces ideas about alternatives to allopurinol. Then, GoutPal Seekers can decide if they want to become GoutPal Patients, GoutPal Herbalists, or GoutPal Dieters. If you are not certain which type of gout sufferer you are, please read Questions for Gout Sufferers now.
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Allopurinol Tablets & Kidney Disease explains how taking allopurinol tablets might affect kidney disease. Specifically, I explain how this is an area of ongoing gout research. Because, scientists do not yet fully understand how allopurinol affects kidney function. However, the results so far seem encouraging. Because, some kidney patients benefit from allopurinol. But for others, there is no effect on kidneys.
Allopurinol Tablets & Kidney Disease Audience
I wrote Allopurinol Tablets & Kidney Disease for GoutPal Seekers who are concerned about the effects of allopurinol on kidney function. GoutPal Seekers are gout sufferers who are trying to control uric acid. But, they don’t know which type of uric acid lowering therapy they should choose. If you are not sure which type of gout sufferer you are, please read Questions for Gout Sufferers before you continue to read this article.
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Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors (XOIs) for Gout Sufferers explains how to restrict uric acid production. So, you will learn to choose from 3 different types of XOI. Then, you can restrict uric acid production in the best way for you.
Xanthine Oxidase Inhibitors for Gout Sufferers Audience
I wrote XOIs for Gout Sufferers, mainly for Gout Seekers. However, it is useful to other types of gout sufferer. Because all gout sufferers should understand the basis of reducing uric acid production. So, for details of gout sufferer types, you should read Questions for Gout Sufferers.
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Don’t be a Gout Statistic is aimed at the Gout Seeker type of gout sufferer. However, it should be interesting to all gout sufferers. Especially those who base their gout treatment choices on published gout research.
This article is inspired by a forum post from a committed gout patient. It highlights how there is always a need to insist on personal gout treatment that goes beyond gout statistics.
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Do you wonder how to start lowering your uric acid?
Then, GoutPal Plan for Gout Seekers is for you.
It is a 7 step plan for deciding your best way to lower uric acid.
Specifically, it helps you choose between medical, herbal, and lifestyle gout treatments.
GoutPal Plan for Gout Seekers Audience
I wrote GoutPal Plan for Gout Seekers for gout sufferers who know they should lower uric acid. But, they are not sure which type of uric acid treatment to choose. Firstly, answer Questions for Gout Sufferers. Then, use this GoutPal plan to choose between Gout Patient, Gout Dieter, or Gout Herbalist.
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The biggest question for gout patients contemplating, or just starting on, allopurinol is “Do I have to take allopurinol for the rest of my life?”
Like most gout questions, there is no certain answer. The lazy response is “Yes, allopurinol is a lifetime drug.”
But why is this lazy?
Allopurinol is taken for one reason alone – to lower uric acid if it rises above your safe level. Safe uric acid levels need to be set on an individual basis, but for most gout patients it is 5 mg/dL (0.30 mmol/L). However, allopurinol is often mismanaged, and prescribed without reference to frequent uric acid test results. Unlike many medicines that can be prescribed with a standard dosage, allopurinol must be matched to the individual, and the only way to do that is by frequent uric acid testing. In fact, this applies to all Urate Lowering Treatments/Therapies (ULT), since their purpose is uric acid control, with gout control being the outcome only when ULT is managed correctly and safe uric acid levels are achieved.
Leaving aside any form of gout treatment for the moment, all gout sufferers must accept that they need to know their uric acid number, and they must be tested at least once a year. Usually, this is simply part of an annual health check.
So, if we change the original question to “Is uric acid testing a lifetime requirement?” the answer is always “Yes” for gout patients.
And the requirement for allopurinol simply depends on the results of those tests.
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