To get your gout under control, your doctor may prescribe a combination of daily, long-term uric acid-lowering medication as well as lifestyle measures that include healthy eating, weight loss (if needed) and regular physical activity.
Why You Want a Long-term Plan
Gout attacks are terribly painful, so you probably want to prevent another one. But there are plenty of good reasons to get a management plan – and stick to it. Uncontrolled gout can lead to repeated, frequent attacks, ongoing joint destruction and tophi (lumps of uric acid that form under skin). Advanced gout is a chronic stage of constant pain with often-unsightly tophi and mobility-limiting joint damage that can prevent people from doing what they need and like to do. At that stage, some cases of gout can be difficult to treat.
Pro Tip: Include Heart Health in Your Long-Term Plan
The smartest plans also cover ways to improve heart health, because people with gout are at high risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke.
It’s important to know what steps you need to take now to prevent gout from progressing—and even more important to stick to it over the long run.
Tackle Gout! Learn about:
1. Your Long-Term Health
2. Preventing Attacks