There are some types of pain that just can’t be adequately translated into words. You either have to experience them or watch someone else do so to get an idea of how bad it is. Gout is one of these. Forget socks and shoes, a bed sheet is too heavy. That’s saying a lot.
Once you’ve had an attack, the two things you want most in life is to get over the first one and never have a second one. You may be in luck with this disorder, there are things you can do to make repeat experiences less likely.
Your doctor will tell you some of them. You’ll want to avoid organ meat, processed meats, beer and maybe wine. In fact, there will be a lot of favorite foods on the “do not eat” list. That’s only part of the battle. You see, all proteins contain at least some purine and that is what uric acid is made from. You can’t get by without protein, so managing the waste products and minimizing the affects is crucial. Here are seven things your doctor may or may not have told you about treating this disorder:
Home Treatments For Gout
Alfalfa: Small amounts of this favorite food of horses may be very valuable, due to its anti-inflammatory nature. It is best to consume it only in food amounts, as larger doses could cause other, potentially serious health problems.
Apple Cider Vinegar: It’s sort of like fighting fire with fire, except you’re fighting an acid with another acid. The malic acid found in ACV can help reduce uric acid levels and get rid of the pain. If you have a hard time with the taste of any vinegar, there are capsules available at many health food stores.
Celery Seed: There is still some debate about whether or not celery seeds will be useful in this endeavor. They are a diuretic, so in theory could help eliminate the excess acid. Many people say that the juice from celery stalks is equally valuable in this instance.
Cherry Juice: This seems to work fairly fast, and doesn’t taste bad at all. You can also eat tart cherries, but the juice is faster.
Diet: It seems every disorder comes with its own attendant diet. Watching protein count is just part of it. Foods with yeast in it can be a problem, but it’s hard to picture a piece of bread causing such intense pain. Your doctor will give you the particulars and may refer you to a nutritionist to make sure you get all the components needed for a healthy body without risking the pain. Adequate hydration is also a must on any diet for this condition.
Saffron: Be careful with this remedy. In food amounts, saffron is safe. However, in more than that, it could be very dangerous. However, saffron is a crocus and related to the autumn crocus, which has a lot of colchicine. Saffron is milder and safer. Never ingest autumn crocus, as it could kill in a hurry.
Strawberries: Linnaeus, the father of botany, suffered from gout. His wife told him to eat strawberries, but he didn’t want to do it. After all, it was just a fruit, right? Well, the pain got bad enough he was willing to try it, and low and behold, it worked. Like cherries, strawberries can help reduce the acid and stop the pain.
Speak with your doctor about these remedies, to make sure they are right for you. Make sure he or she knows of any medications or supplements you are already using, as there could be some drug/herb interactions.