Medical or natural gout treatment is our next choice in a personal gout treatment plan.
Many people make this choice too soon. First, you should follow all the preceding steps in Personal Gout Treatment Guidelines 2016.
You need to be certain which aspect of gout you are treating. Gout pain control, uric acid control, or both. With that information, you can narrow down your treatment choices between pharmaceutical gout medications, natural gout remedies, or a mixture of both.
There is a small range of gout treatments that do not involve pharmaceutical or herbal medicine. You might also consider these types of gout treatment in your plan.
Before you continue, please read my update notice…
2020 Gout Treatment Plans
This is step 3 of Personal Gout Treatment Guidelines 2016. Now I have replaced this single plan with several plans for different types of gout sufferers. So the nearest equivalent is GoutPal Plan for Gout Students. Where you learn about medical, herbal, or dietary uric acid treatment. Before deciding on one approach. Or your mixture of more than one approach.
Therefore, you can continue with your learning. Or switch to a new plan starting at Questions for Gout Sufferers.
Medical or Natural Gout Treatment?
Your biggest influence on medical gout treatment is your doctor. It is important to build a good working relationship with your doctor.
Often, people who feel unsure about daily gout medication from their doctor will try various herbal remedies. You need to be very careful how you make these choices. If you prefer natural gout medicine, then you should assess it clearly. If you are treating gout pain, it is easy to tell if your medicine is working or not. However, unless you have your blood tested, you cannot tell if natural uric acid lowering medicine is effective. That is why I insist on being clear about which aspect of gout treatment is most important to you.
It is OK to mix different types of treatment. But, you must check relevant safety guidelines. Never exceed recommended doses of medical or natural gout treatment.
Many people use medical gout treatment for gout pain. With natural gout treatment for lowering uric acid. As long as you are clear how you measure the results, there is no problem with combinations like this.
You must be wary of misjudging uric acid lowering treatment. This can be a problem with both types of medicine. If you are lowering uric acid with medical or natural gout treatment, you should get your blood tested regularly. That means blood tests for uric acid, liver function, and kidney function.
If you are not sure which type of gout treatment suits you best, consult a professional health adviser, or ask in my gout forum. When you make your choices, you should include reasons for those choices. If you have no preference between medical or natural gout treatment, you should say so.
This is the third step in my Personal Gout Treatment Guidelines 2016 series. Your next step is in two parts, 4a and 4b in the list below. Choose either, or both parts, depending on which aspect(s) of gout you chose at the beginning of your plan. The full series is:
- Starting Gout Treatment Guidelines
- Chronic or Acute Gout Treatment?
- Medical or Natural Gout Treatment?
- a) Which Gout Treatments for Pain Control?
b) Which Gout Treatments for Uric Acid Control?
- Monitor Your Treatment of Gout
- Successful Gout Treatment at Home
- Medication For Gout Aftercare
Leave Medical or Natural Gout Treatment to return to your GoutPal Plan for Gout Students.