If you are unhappy with the care you are getting from your doctors, don’t assume you have no alternatives. If you go online and search under gout treatment, Mayo Clinic will be one of the sites recommended. Once at the site you will be able to read everything you need to know about the causes, treatments, preventative measures, and possibilities for cures. You will also be able to look for the clinic , or cooperating hospital in the Mayo Health System that is closest to you.
The reputation of the Mayo Clinic is well known. Putting yourself in their care gives you access to the best medical knowledge, technology, experience, and hope that you can find. The dignity, kindness, and respect you will receive, gives you the confidence to keep working at recovery. Any survey that tells the best places to go for excellent health care will have Mayo in the top five.
For gout treatment, Mayo Clinic will recommend a combination of medications, diet, and preventatives; depending, of course, on the individual. The goal is to treat the acute attacks, reduce the risk of complications, and prevent future attacks. Some of the drugs recommended may be:
– Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
– Colchisine, for those who cannot take the NSAIDs
– Corticosteroid medications, the most common of which is prednisone… administered either in pill form or injected into the joint. Because of the many side effects, this treatment is usually given when the other two don’t work.
To prevent complications for gout treatment, Mayo Clinic may suggest xanthine oxidase inhibitors, such as allopurinal and febuxostat, which limit the uric acid that you produce in your body, or
Probenecid, which is taken to improve the function of your kidneys. Of course, your own general health, the severity of your gout, and any other conditions you have will determine what kind of treatment you need.