In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Health Minute", Dr. Connie Mariano shares several tips about what you can do if you suffer from gout.
Dr. Connie Mariano: Relief from gout is possible, but it might take some time and effort.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano, Chief Clinical Officer with EmpowHER, and we know how much gout can hurt.
This form of arthritis attacks the joints and the pain can last for hours, if not days.
According to a recent study by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, some people suffering from gout find relief through non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, cochicine, and glucocortocoid drugs. But according to that same study, some patients say those same drugs did nothing to alleviate the pain, and may have made it worse.
Finding the right diet can be challenging too.
You want to eat foods low in purine like fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. Try to avoid carbs, sugars, and animal proteins, which tend to have higher levels of purines.
Make sure to talk with your doctor about what is working and what is not. Good communication is key to finding relief.
I'm Dr. Connie Mariano with what you can do about gout.