If you have ever experienced the agony of a gout attack (flare) you will know that this is something you do not want to have to deal with on a regular basis. Seeing a loved one in pain can be difficult and render you helpless when it comes to relieving their pain. What can you do to support your spouse during a gout attack?
Elevate The Feet
Touching the site of the gout attack can render the sufferer speechless with pain, which is why you should not touch your spouse’s feet or knees unless they tell you to. Encourage your spouse to lie down or to at least elevate their feet before calling the doctor or taking medication.
Fetch Their Medication
A gout attack can occur suddenly and unexpectedly, even when you have made efforts to improve your diet, cut back on alcohol and deal with other triggers that set off an attack. However, many sufferers of gout start to develop minor aches and pains in their toes, knees and other usual locations right before a gout attack, which lets them know an attack is imminent.
Before your spouse is crippled with pain, fetch their medication. Take swift action to help relieve your spouse’s symptoms before they get to the point where they cannot apply any pressure on their feet.
Take Preventative Action
Gout is an extremely painful condition, as any sufferer or relative of a sufferer will tell you. Rather than try to help your spouse to cope during an attack, be proactive in helping them to avoid another painful attack. Help them to make simple lifestyle changes that will lessen the severity of their next attack, or help eliminate flare ups altogether.
Reducing the consumption of red meat, cutting down on alcohol, or eliminating it altogether, are steps that can help to prevent the crippling pain of a gout attack. Taking preventative gout medication each day can also bring long-term relief from gout symptoms before they take over, rendering your spouse immobile.
Gout is sometimes known as a “rich man’s disease”, as it can target those who have a fondness for rich food and drink. However, knowing that does not make gout any easier to handle. If your spouse is prone to gout attacks (flares) you can play your part to help them cope with their symptoms. Encourage them to elevate their feet, fetch their medication and take preventative action before their symptoms become so severe that they cannot cope.
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