Imagine that you climb out of bed one morning and find that you can’t stand on your right leg. There’s swelling around your ankle and you hobble around. You think that during the night you must have somehow injured your ankle. It feels like it is broken. You go to the doctor and an x-ray is taken that comes back negative.
Then the doctor says the four-letter word: Gout.
That happened to me with my first major gout attack. In my late 30s I had a job that required me to sit for long periods behind a desk. I was more sedentary than in past jobs.
I’ve had gout attacks in my feet (especially around the big toe), in my ankles, knees, and even in elbow and hands. It attacks the joints.
I don’t wish a gout attack on anyone – not even my worst enemies. Seriously.
There are several methods to help fight gout attacks. Some from doctors and others are home remedies. Only you can determine what works best for you.
My doctor prescribed a drug called Allopurinol. That helped control the attacks as it lowers uric acid levels. When I felt an attack coming, I would take another prescription called Colchicine. Colchicine would always end up upsetting my stomach no matter how I took it.
I can always figure dealing with a gout attack for 24-36 hours.
After a few years, I quit taking Allopurinol. Now when I feel an attack coming on, I take 500mg of Naproxen or I use an over-the-counter product like Aleve.
I drink much more water when I feel a gout attack starting. I try to drink a lot of water every day. I also try to eat more fruit every day, and that is supposed to help with gout.
One thing that has personally helped me was not purchased for gout, but for sleeping comfort. I have a heated electric mattress pad on my bed. I have noticed a decrease in gout attacks, maybe because it keeps my feet and legs warmer throughout the night or maybe because the electricity flowing through the blanket has some effect on circulation. All I really know is that I have not had a major gout attack in six months.
If you suffer from gout, research your options, check with your doctor, and try to find some remedy that works best for you!