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Alternative Therapies for Gout

Alternative Therapies for Gout

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that occurs from the precipitation of uric acid into the joint space. It affects more than 3% of the population and is more common in men than in women. This is because uric acid levels in the blood are generally higher in men than in women. Other things that increase the risk of gout include weight gain, diabetes, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol and certain medications.

Gout is excruciatingly painful, and as anyone who has had a gout attack knows, it can leave a person severely debilitated for many hours to days after an attack occurs. The joint that is affected (usually the big toe) will become very red, swollen and painful to use within minutes to hours. If it affects the lower limb at all, it can impair walking or any movement during that time.

Conventional Treatment for Gout

Pharmaceutical treatments usually involve trying to reduce pain and inflammation during an attack. Medications like ibuprofen and colchicine are often used to reduce the pain and swelling in an attack. More long-term medications such as allopurinol can help reduce the likelihood of a gout attack by decreasing uric acid in the blood. These types of medications do not help attacks when they occur though.

Alternative Therapies for Gout

While medications can sometimes be helpful for preventing or treating gout attacks, diet and lifestyle changes are incredibly helpful.  Diet by far is the best way to prevent a flare and to help reduce uric acid levels.  Reducing foods that are high in purines (proteins that produce uric acid), such as red meat and fish can help to reduce uric acid in the blood.  Fructose and alcohol intake have also been associated with increased uric acid.  Foods that contain high levels of fructose are often processed foods. Therefore, eliminating or greatly reducing alcoholic beverages and processed foods can make a huge difference.  Increasing the intake of dairy subsequently also helps reduce uric acid.

To help reduce pain and swelling in the moment, try icing. Applying ice to the area and elevating it during and attack will short it’s duration. Short term fasting for 24 hours with water can also help reduce inflammation quickly.

Long term management strategies should also be implemented. Working on weight loss and treatment/prevention of diabetes or high blood pressure reduces gout attacks over time. The best treatments though include individualized plans for each person to identify specific triggers. If you want to learn more about how you can identify your own specific inflammatory triggers for gout, contact our office today to schedule a free introductory consult with one of our physicians.

Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a very destructive inflammatory arthritis that affects approximately 1-5% of the population in the US.  RA can occur at any age but occurs more common after age 50. Women are also affected 2-3x more than men. It is also a fast acting arthritis, and can cause damage to the joint spaceContinue Reading

Alternative Therapies for Psoriatic Arthritis

Alternative Therapies for Psoriatic Arthritis

In keeping with our theme of #arthritisawareness month, we will start off our weekly arthritis condition spotlight with alternative therapies for psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosis and Treatment Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that can be incredibly detrimental to a person’s quality of life.  It is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is calledContinue Reading

BOTANICAL REMEDIES USED IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

BOTANICAL REMEDIES USED IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Written by Emily Wittenhagen, Community Herbalist   Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation mainly presenting in the joints. The most common type of inflammatory arthritis, RA can cause significant discomfort and decreases in mobility and motor skills for those living with the condition. At Aria, we see many clients withContinue Reading

Living With Autoimmunity Event!  May 9th!

Living With Autoimmunity Event! May 9th!

Living with Autoimmunity Saturday, May 9, 10:00 AM-3:30 PM at Bastyr University in Kenmore Join the Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance (A3) for “Living with Autoimmunity,” an education program for families living with one of the 80+ autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. In the morning sessions, experts will share information onContinue Reading

Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Poor dental hygiene and gum disease may trigger symptom flares in patients with autoimmune conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis.  Fortunately, prevention for oral bacteria overgrowth is simple: 1)     Brush and floss your teeth daily. 2)     Reduce sugar in your diet. 3)     Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. 4)     Take anti-inflammatory supplements, such as fish oilContinue Reading

The Autoimmune Connection – How Diagnosis with one Autoimmune Disease Increases Your Risk For Another

The Autoimmune Connection – How Diagnosis with one Autoimmune Disease Increases Your Risk For Another

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise in the United States, and despite this growing prevalence, there is still very little public education about which diseases are classified as autoimmune and how each of these conditions are connected.  Statistics from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) show that up to 23.5 million Americans have been diagnosedContinue Reading

Autoimmune Diseases – What Are They?

Autoimmune Diseases – What Are They?

Autoimmune diseases are quite common in our community, but the terminology “autoimmune” is still unrecognizable by many people.  Why is that?  In general, most people who suffer from symptoms of an autoimmune disease have never actually received a specific diagnosis.  Also, many of these types of diseases were discovered before modern medicine determined that theyContinue Reading

Natural Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Natural Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating disease that has become much more common in our society than previously recognized, especially in women.  While it is not understood exactly why rheumatoid arthritis occurs, it is currently categorized as an autoimmune disease.  This means that the immune system in those with RA somehow begins to recognize theContinue Reading

Does Your Joint Pain Get Worse In Winter Weather?

Does Your Joint Pain Get Worse In Winter Weather?

Not all joint pain is created equal.  Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease characterized by inflammation caused by the immune system attacking specific tissues leading to potentially excruciating joint pain in many joints in the body. For sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis (frequently called RA), symptoms often flare up in cold, damp winter weather, especially in theContinue Reading