Talking to Your Doctor About Gout

Even with a good gout management plan (which may include a uric acid-lowering medicine) people with gout don’t always stick to it. They might forget how bad the pain can be when they are between attacks—until the next one hits—or they might not realize the long-term health risks. But as you know, when left untreated and unchecked, gout may progress, eventually affecting mobility and making it more difficult to manage. Whether you’re newly diagnosed with gout or you’ve had gout for a while, it’s important to seek out a doctor who will help coach you through the steps you need to take to tackle gout.

Your Doctor is Your Coach

Tackling gout isn’t easy. You’re going to need help. If the biggest linemen in the NFL can take advice and direction from their football coaches, you can take advice and direction from your doctor. Work on building a good relationship with your doctor, and remember it’s always important to stick with your plan over the long haul!

  • Speak up openly and honestly about how you’re feeling.
  • Ask questions about anything you don’t understand.
  • Be clear about your doctor’s instructions for tackling gout.
  • Take notes while you’re at the doctor’s office.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for tackling gout.
  • Bring someone else with you to ask questions, listen and take notes.