Get Ahead of the Pain – Gout Pain Relief Treatments to use Right Now.
Gout affects 8 million people in the United States, and often coincides with disease like diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. For those who have gout, excruciating pain is a routine part of their daily lives. They don’t know when it’s coming, but when the signs start appearing, they know the pain will take full control for the day, or even the week. Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body. The uric acid forms crystals and causes extreme pain, swelling, and redness. The pain can be so bad that people have to stay in bed until the flare subsides. This can impact their ability to go to work as well the range of work they are able to do. Gout typically develops in people with diets high in animal protein, cholesterol and alcohol. Gout most commonly occurs in men in their 40s, though some women can also develop gout during menopause. While gout flares most often occur in the big toe, a flare can develop in the wrists, knees and other joints.
Signs of a gout flare start with tingling, redness and swelling in the area. Then an onset of pain floods the area. The pain typically lasts anywhere between a few days to nearly two weeks, depending on the amount of uric acid build up and how well the body flushes it out. If you suffer from gout, arming yourself with preventative knowledge and treatment methods can make the gout flares more manageable, so you can get back to living your life. Here are some drug-free options for gout pain relief.
Hydration – One of the best ways to reduce the uric acid in the body is to flush it out. When you feel a gout flare coming on, drink plenty of water and herbal tea, and stay away from alcohol and caffeine, as those can dehydrate you further. Vegetable juice, specifically celery juice, is also a great hydrating choice. Many vegetable juices are high in potassium, while celery juice is specifically known for healing a variety of inflammation-related ailments, including arthritis, infections in the liver, kidney or urinary tract, as well as gout.
A Healthy Diet – People with gout typically have a diet consisting of animal protein, processed foods, refined sugars and alcohol. Animal products are high in purine, which is known to increase uric acid in the body. Avoiding high purine and high sugar foods can dramatically reduce gout. In fact some studies have shown you can reduce your gout by 85% just by cutting back on sugar. In order to reduce the uric acid in the body, it is helpful to switch to a diet rich in fiber, potassium, Omega-3 fatty acids and water. Some of the best foods to eat include:
- Fresh berries and cherries, which neutralize uric acid;
- Wild caught fish and other foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids—these help reduce inflammation in the body;
- Prebiotics and probiotics help keep your gut healthy, which can help prevent gout flares;
- Bananas, spinach, yogurt, lentils, avocados, and squash—these are high in potassium
Rest – When you feel a gout flare coming on, the best things to do are getting some rest and raise the leg (or the afflicted area). While you probably have no problem lying low during a gout flare, it’s important to remember just how beneficial rest can be while your body works through the pain. Healing happens in stillness, so don’t skimp on it!
Apply Ice – Keeping the area cold can help relieve some of the pain. The ice can help soothe the pain and swelling. Apply an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes. If the ice is too intense, wrap the ice pack in a towel to make it more comfortable.
Apply a topical treatment like Enduras – Applying an anti-inflammatory treatment to the area can help reduce the redness and swelling, which helps the pain become more manageable. We’ve had some customers see positive results with Enduras Recovery Cream. The essential micronutrients help to reduce inflammation in the area.
Check out Zach’s story about Enduras Recovery Cream and gout pain relief.
About the Authors
William Goolsbee has spent his career in Life Sciences including leading roles in drug development in immunology and genetic medicine. Recent senior positions include Chairman of the Board at Sarepta Therapeutics and Founder and CEO at Metrodora Therapeutics.
Dr. Gil Price
Gil Price M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at the Propharma Group, where he provides medical supervision for all clinical trials. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Drug Safety Solutions, where he oversaw safety monitoring for drugs in clinical development. Dr. Price also served as the Director of Clinical Development at Medimmune Oncology and Director of Medical Affairs at Glaxo.