CreakyJoints — an online, nonprofit community for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and related conditions — has published a patient-centered guideline on the management and treatment of gout, according to a press release.
If you’ve experienced the pain and other symptoms of an acute gout attack — from swelling and redness in the joints to sensitivity that makes even sleeping a chore — you probably don’t want to go through it again.
Gout, an inflammatory arthritis, is very common and increasing in prevalence with men more likely to develop it than women.
The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), America’s largest independent and patient-lead kidney advocacy organization, announced its participation in The Alliance for Gout Awareness.
Gout can be painful and debilitating – but also treatable, explains a new Fast Facts policy brief. A product of the newly formed Alliance for Gout Awareness, the Q&A document aims to inform and empower patients with basic information about the condition.
Gout and the medications used for its treatment worsen the comorbidities as well as patients' perceptions of their quality of life.
Gout leads many patients to report feeling a sense of "body failure" and to have a negative effect on social roles. Also, a loss of identity-associated performance is progressive in patients with gout.
More than 8 million Americans live with gout (that's the entire population of New York City), and a new survey of 1,000 gout patients and 500 caregivers of gout patientssuggests that for many, it's a disease that's out of control. Gout is caused by high serum uric acid (or sUA) levels in the blood, which can lead to painful flares, particularly in extremities, such as big toes and fingers. It can also occur in ankles, feet, hands, wrists and knees. And it hurts like a $*@!.