A Patient’s Guide to Gout

A Patient’s Guide to Gout

CreakyJoints is proud to present the second edition of A Patient’s Guide to Gout, which offers comprehensive yet easy-to-understand information on gout and its treatment.

Vetted by both medical experts and patients with gout, we hope the information in our patient guide will help you, alongside your provider and care team, navigate daily life with gout so you can get what you want, need, and deserve from your treatment plan.

In this patient guide, you will find information about what causes gout, how gout can affect your health, how gout is treated, and the steps you can take on your own to prevent flares, manage symptoms, and avoid long-term complications.

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About the Patient Guidelines

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There are, of course, many sets of recommendations designed to help medical professionals deliver the best care possible — including the American College of Rheumatology’s clinical practice guidelines. In those guidelines, the ACR offers guidance on “particular patterns of practice and not to dictate the care of a particular patient.” That’s an invaluable tool for doctors to use when they weigh different treatment options, but those guidelines are written for professional, rather than lay readers. For patients who haven’t graduated medical school, the language can be a challenge, to say the least.

In our guide, you’ll find in-depth yet accessible explanations of the following:

  • Preventing and managing gout flares
  • Working with your doctor to determine your treatment plan
  • Actionable advice on managing gout with a combination of medications and lifestyle changes
  • Information to help you raise your voice and advocate for your own care
  • Tips on getting affordable treatment and talking with employers and coworkers, family and friends, and elected officials about your condition

Don’t miss our real-life tips from patients throughout the guide, where people living with gout share honest answers about how a gout attack feels, what works to relieve pain, and what they wish someone told them when they were first diagnosed.

One important note. The information in this guide should never replace the information and advice from your treating physician. It is meant to inform the discussion that you have with health care professionals, as well as others who play a role in your care and well-being.

A Patient’s Guide to Gout was made possible through the support of Horizon Therapeutics, a global biotechnology company with corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. CreakyJoints.org is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.