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Gout - Sudden Severe Joint Pain

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Gout is a common form of arthritis that is triggered by excess uric acid in the blood. It usually affects the joint in the big toe however it may also affect the ankle, knee or foot. It usually comes on quickly, often in the middle of the night and is accompanied by intense pain, redness, swelling and stiffness of the joint. The pain is often so intense that even a sheet touching the joint or wearing a sock can intensify the pain.  Men are more likely to develop gout than woman and gout can be a recurring problem, returning time after time. A gout attack can usually last five to ten days during which time it may be difficult to move the affected joint or even walk.

There are things you can do to alleviate the pain of a gout attack as well as natural remedies and supplements to treat it. Also there are some changes that you can make that can help prevent future gout attacks.

If you think you are experiencing a gout attack:

- Elevate the joint and place ice on it to reduce pain and swelling

- Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water – no alcohol or sodas

- Rest and try to avoid excess weight on the joint

- Call your doctor and make an appointment if you feel it necessary

Certain foods and supplements can help revive a gout attack:

- Cherry extract has been shown to treat and also prevent gout attacks

- Magnesium supplements help keep uric acid at healthy levels and can treat or prevent gout attacks

- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties for your joints and has been shown to reduce uric acid levels

-  Drink warm water with ½ a lemons juice, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons turmeric, research shows it may reduce uric acid levels

- Vitamin C helps to reduce uric acid levels

- Bromelain, a pineapple extract, help reduce uric acid crystals and can help prevent gout attacks

After you have treated your first gout attack preventing another onset is important,  to prevent further gout attacks some lifestyle changes may help:

- Reduce stress

- Maintain a health weight

- Drink plenty of water

- Avoid high purine foods such as beer, shellfish, red meats and high sugar foods

- Eat a healthy diet

- Exercise regularly

- Ensure you get a sufficient amount of sleep and rest

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits will help treat and prevent gout!

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