Being diagnosed with gout can spring a number of surprises on people. They must first come to understand the nature of the disease, which occurs due to uric acid build-up in the joints. Then they must separate the myths (natural remedies like cherry juice can cure the disease) from the facts (gout can be managed successfully – but not cured), and that requires seeing a health care provider, typically a gout specialist, and following a prescribed treatment path).
Gout is a painful condition that can attack anytime, anywhere. Most people think it’s just some pain that guys experience in their foot once in a while. But it’s actually a metabolic disorder wherein the body is unable to process uric acid properly.
To some, gout sounds like a medieval condition consigned to the history books; the name has an almost comical ring to it. In reality, gout is incredibly painful and surprisingly common. Here, we ask why no one is talking about gout.
Whoever coined the old adage that “ignorance is bliss” clearly wasn’t thinking of gout.
The causes, symptoms and treatments for this common form of arthritis.
Patients who experience gout attacks – who suffer in agonizing pain – often resist going to the doctor. But they shouldn’t. In this conversation, Christopher Parker, DO, of the Alliance for Gout Awareness dispels myths and reassures patients they can take control of their disease.
New survey data reveals that stigma, lack of awareness and misinformation may hinder treatment for gout, a chronic disease characterized by sudden and excruciating attacks.