How much do you know about gout? Here’s your chance to take a stand—learn more, improve how you manage your treatment and disease, and enhance the quality of your life.
As old as this disease is, dating back to 5 B.C., gout is misunderstood, and most Americans admit to not having any knowledge about the disease. More than 8 million Americans have gout, and the number is rising. But only 10 percent of patients get proper treatment. Your understanding of gout, seeing your doctor early, making sure you have a proper diagnosis, and staying on track with your treatment regimen will improve this number—and your outcome. Time to take a stand.
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Did you know that there are more than 100 types of arthritis? You may be most familiar with osteoarthritis – the wear-and-tear type of arthritis that can cause chronic daily pain that keeps you from doing the things you enjoy. Another common arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis – is an inflammatory form which causes painful and warm, swollen joints, primarily of the hands.
Few people really understand that gout is an equally serious and actually more common form of inflammatory arthritis. Caused by a build-up of uric acid in the body, gout can cause episodic swelling and intense pain in joints like the big toe, knee, elbow and wrist. Without proper treatment, gout can turn into a cycle of flares with disabling, painful, swollen joint pain, which over time can become debilitating.
While gout is not curable, the good news is that it can be managed so well that quality of life is much improved. Your doctor can help you properly diagnosis gout, then come up with both an immediate and long-term treatment plan to help you relieve or avoid painful gout flares, and lead a healthier life.
Maybe you think that only men get gout. Or that it only affects people who overeat or drink a lot of beer. At the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society, we’re on a mission to debunk stereotypes like these, and help you better understand this serious yet largely avoidable and manageable disease. Our hope is that you will talk to your doctor, and if you are at risk or diagnosed, commit to following a treatment plan that’s prescribed specifically for you.
Explore these tools to learn more about gout as a chronic form of arthritis, what to ask your doctor, and expectations from medical treatment. You’ll also find great tips on lifestyle choices to help avoid gout flares and better manage the disease.
- Take a Stand on Gout Infographic
- About Gout Brochure
- Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Gout
- Fact Sheet: Who Gets Gout and Why
- Fact Sheet: Medical Advice for Patients with Gout
- Fact Sheet: Gout Medications: DOs and DON’Ts
- Fact Sheet: Talking with your Doctor about Gout
- Fact Sheet: Living Healthy with Gout
- Take a Stand on Gout: Patient Insights (Bill)
- Take a Stand on Gout: Patient Insights (Paul)
- Take a Stand on Gout: Patient Insights (Mary)
- New Gout Treatment Guidelines Published: Highlights from the Experts on Lifestyle and Diet
- New Gout Treatment Guidelines Published: Highlights from the Experts on Communicating with your Doctor
- New Gout Treatment Guidelines Published: Highlights from the Experts on Tips for Managing your Gout