To understand the benefits of different GoutPal membership levels, you must know how to treat gout.
More specifically, you must know how to treat Your gout. Below, I will explain a good approach to treating your gout. There are many choices along the way, but I cover the basic approach in 4 stages:
- Before you start to treat gout
- How to treat gout pain
- How to treat gout permanently
- How to treat gout naturally
This page shows you the best way to get personal help. It will help you get better help in my forum, and from your doctor.
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Start with your doctor
Before I go into details of how I help you, I must stress that the best way to treat gout is to discuss it with your doctor. My role is to help you if you are not sure what to ask, or if you don’t understand the responses. I can give you faster, more personal help at higher levels of membership. However, you do not need to become a member to get help here. You can find all the information you need as a non-member by browsing my facts and discussions. Make your own notes, and present these to your doctor. Your doctor should be able to guide you through all the stages of treating your gout. In complicated cases, ask your doctor to refer you to a rheumatologist.
Keep your personal gout notes
If you are a GoutPal member, you can make notes in your personal profile as you move through different stages of learning how to treat your gout. If you are not a member, use any form of record keeping that you like.
Your personal profile, within GoutPal, or as a non-member, does not need to be complicated. You need to keep a record of important facts, such as uric acid test results and gout medication doses. You should also record important questions as soon as they arise, so you can get factual answers later, without getting sidetracked. With these facts and important questions, you have all the information you need to discuss your gout with your doctor and with other gout sufferers.
The stages of how to treat gout are:
1. Before you start to treat gout
You must get a clear gout diagnosis first. Use your personal profile to record your symptoms in as much detail as you can. Once you get a diagnosis, use your profile to list possible causes of your gout. This is important, because causes of gout vary widely from one sufferer to the next. The causes of your gout can often help you choose which is the best treatment option for you.
Keep your own personal symptoms history in your profile. Then, you are well prepared to learn how to treat Your gout.
2. How to treat gout pain
Pain affects every gout sufferer differently, and changes from time to time. Use your profile to record what works, and what doesn’t work for you. This helps enormously with both your doctor and in the forum. Your doctor will have a history of your pain medication, but might not have notes about your reactions or preferences.
Keep your own personal pain treatment history in your profile. Then, you are well on the way to learning how to treat Your gout pain.
3. How to treat gout permanently
Gout can only be cured permanently by reducing uric acid to 5mg/dL or below. This can be through:
- Removing causes of gout
- Changing lifestyle
- Taking gout treatments
There are hundreds of options available. As with pain control, use your profile to record what works, and what doesn’t work for you. Never assume that gout is controlled just because pain goes away. Gout is a stealth killer that destroys you slowly as uric acid crystals grow throughout your body. Your personal gout profile is the best place to keep track of uric acid test results. You should have at least one uric acid test every year, and more at certain times of your treatment.
Keep your own personal uric acid history in your profile. Then, you can learn how to treat Your gout permanently.
4. How to treat gout naturally
I mentioned changing lifestyle as a possible way to treat gout permanently. Diet and exercise changes, sometimes with natural supplements, are amongst your treatment options. Diet and natural gout remedies are often seen differently, but they are really just another form of gout treatment. What works for one gout sufferer might be inappropriate for you. Use your personal gout profile to record how you treat gout naturally, and how your body responds.
Keep your own personal diet, exercise and supplements history in your profile. Then, you can learn how to treat Your gout naturally.
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