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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gout Part II

When gout is suspected, your doctor may refer you to a Rheumatologist who will run some tests. These tests may consist of a joint fluid test and blood test to see whether they can find urate crystals and high levels of uric acid in the fluid and blood, or not.

If that is the case, you may be put on medications to treat gout and prevent future attacks. Those meds can consist of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Colchicine, Corticosteroids, Xanthine oxidase inhibitors and medication that improves uric acid removal.

There are some alternatives in case the above treatments aren't working, but they have not yet been proven to work. If you like to try them, make sure to consult your doctor first. Some of these alternatives are:

- Coffee; although the amount is unknown, it has been proven to lower the uric acid levels.
- Vitamin C also lowers the uric acid levels, but ensure to take a reasonable dose, otherwise you will achieve the opposite effect.
- Cherries and other dark colored fruit are said to have a positive effect the uric acid levels.
- Relaxation techniques; they can help managing the pain during a gout attack.
- Drink lots of water; at least 8 to 16 cups daily.
- Watch your protein intake by eating low-fat or fat-free dairy, tofu, eggs, vegetables, whole grains and nut butters and limit meat, fish and poultry to 4 to 6 ounces per day.
- Try to maintain a healthy weight; it may lower uric acid levels as well. Don't try to loose it too quick and fast, because this could increase those levels for a short period of time.

The best way to manage the pain however is prayer; it is encouraging, comforting and strengthening. God hears each prayer and will fill the need in accordance with His will! :-)

Matthew 21:22
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."


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