Relief From Stubborn Gout Pain

In my gout pain relief pages, I explain the best approach to gout pain.

The main difficulty with stubborn gout pain is, it rarely responds to a simple treatment. Usually, you need a combination of more than one pain-relieving drug. Often these combinations need to include general painkillers that are not specifically for gout.

Recently, I was asked about combining indomethacin with colchicine for relieving stubborn gout pain.

There are thousands of different combinations that work.

The secret is finding the right combination that suits you.

Colchicine For Stubborn Gout Pain Relief

Gout pain, as I explain in the Uric Acid guidelines, is a result of the immune reaction to invading uric acid crystals. When the immune system becomes overwhelmed, it calls in reinforcements, and this process is at the heart of the agony we experience during an acute gout flare.

Colchicine, sold as Colcrys in America, is very effective when it is taken early enough. That is why doctors advise you to take it at the first sign of a gout flare. The main purpose of colchicine is to prevent, or limit, gout flares when you take uric acid lowering gout medications.

Colchicine works to prevent gout pain, or prevent it getting worse, by slowing your immune system. White blood cells are restricted from growing, and this limits the inflammation that is part of that process.
See why you may need more than colchicine for stubborn gout pain

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How To Relieve Pain From Gout

How To Relieve Pain From Gout: Introduction from GoutPal

“How To Relieve Pain From Gout” is the first project in GoutPal’s personal gout support service. I am indebted to Graeme Austin for volunteering to test drive GoutPal Membership, AKA How To Treat Gout. This project page summarizes public and private correspondence.

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Gout Pain Relief

Gout Remedies For Pain Relief

When gouty arthritis attacks we all look for gout pain relief.

The usual medicines are various forms of anti-inflammatory drugs, but not everyone can bear the stomach related problems.

And sometimes, we’re desperate for the pain to stop. So what else can we do.

These days there is a tremendous range of general purpose pain-killers. Most of them will relieve any type of pain, not just the pain from inflammation. I’m certainly not going to list them all here, as general pain relief is beyond the scope of this website. But if you explain your situation to your doctor or pharmacist, they will advise you what you might try for fairly instant relief.

In my own situation, I have always found effective relief in the Anti-Inflammatory Gout Cure list. However, when I was hospitalized prior to a proper gout diagnosis with a massively swollen ankle, the doctors prescribed ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory) alternated with acetaminophen (Paracetamol/Tylenol).

This combining of gout remedies can be extremely effective, but must only be done under medical supervision, so be sure to discuss this with your doctor. Combination pain relief can take other forms, where drug companies produce combination pills containing doses of more than one painkiller.

One gout sufferer asked me about Loritab. I found out that this was a combination of hydrocodone (a narcotic pain reliever similar to codeine) and the aforementioned acetaminophen. I believe a similar combination called Vicodin is also available. There are concerns about side-effects of both these drugs, so it really makes sense to limit the use of pain relief and focus on treating the causes of gout. Many others get relief from steroids as pills or shots, but you should be aware that these will reduce your ability to produce natural steroids, so discuss this option carefully with your doctor first.

In essence, there is no reason (other than specific allergies or contraindications) why you should not use any of these pain relievers as short-term gout remedies. Gout inflammation will subside naturally in a few days unless prolonged by further attacks. These general purpose pain-killers will often help you cope, but the best long-term strategy is to lower your uric acid, which will eventually stop gout attacks from recurring.
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Gout Pain Relief: Next Steps

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