Roughly 4% of adults in the United States suffer from gout, and its prevalence is on the rise — according to research from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. With experience in treating arthritic conditions like gout, Talal Khan, MD, and his team at Personal Primary Care in Springfield, Massachusetts, can help. Before your next gout flare-up occurs, book an appointment with the expert team at Personal Primary Care. Schedule either online or over the phone.
Gout is a form of arthritis that affects your joints. When you have gout, uric acid crystallizes around your joints, which leads to severe pain. Even though uric acid is a natural substance that your body forms after the breakdown of purines, it typically dissolves and flushes out with the waste.
For some men and women though, your body either produces too much uric acid, or your kidneys don’t do an efficient job excreting it. Over time, uric acid starts forming needle-like urate crystals either in your joints or throughout tissues that surround your joints.
In many cases, you need to make changes to your diet to prevent future gout flare-ups. Start by limiting foods that have high amounts of purines, which can increase uric acid levels in your body. Minimize red meats, organ meats, and seafood. You should also reduce your intake of alcoholic beverages — especially beer — and avoid foods and drinks sweetened with fructose.
It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help flush out excess uric acid. If you’re overweight, the team at Personal Primary Care is likely going to set you up on a custom weight loss plan, which can further prevent future gout issues.
Gout treatment generally involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. Once your provider sets you up on a custom diet and weight loss routine — if needed — they’re likely going to prescribe medications.
The gout medication you need depends on what’s causing your condition. Gout drugs work by:
In some cases, your provider might suggest getting a corticosteroid injection directly into your joint. This medication can minimize inflammation and control pain.
The team at Personal Primary Care strives to stay up-to-date with medical advancements, so you can feel confident that your treatment includes the latest solutions available in the industry.
If you have severe joint pain or have previously been diagnosed with gout, book an evaluation at Personal Primary Care to see how current treatments can benefit you. Book your visit online or over the phone.