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August 10, 2012 by Estella.

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What causes Gout?
Gout is often called the "rich man's disease" or "the disease of kings". It is a chronic form of arthritis, caused by high uric acid levels in bloodstream that lead to swelling and pain in joints. Gout causes or risk factors are associated with alcohol intake, age and gender, genetics, diet (purine-rich foods), medications, and other health problems.

Can stress causes gout?
Yes, stress, or any types of anxiety and depression disorder, can trigger gout. When your stress level increases, a high level of uric acid can raise your risk of gout or joint pain. Now you can see there is a link between stress and gout.

Is gout curable?
There is no lasting cure for gout. However, this disease is treatable or manageable. Gout can be controlled or prevented through taking medications, proper diet and lifestyle changes.

How can gout be treated?
Gout can be treated by different ways. Talk with your doctor about your medical condition, doctors may use blood and urine test to determine your body's uric acid levels. If gout attack starts or recurs, taking inflammatory drugs ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and Aleve can ease an attack quickly.

How can I prevent further gout attacks?
Medications to reduce uric acid levels can prevent gout attacks, so your doctor may prescribe a small dose of it for daily use, such as Colcrys or generic Colchicine. Avoiding stress and making lifestyle changes can also help prevent or reverse gout.

How to reduce stress that can help my gout?
While it is impossible to completely eliminate stress from life, you can minimize its effects by self-help techniques to relieve your gout pain, such as relaxing, deep breathing, exercise, counseling, cogitative behavior therapy, losing weight, or prayer.

What can my doctor prescribe for coping with my stress?
If you may have been diagnosed with an anxiety or depression disorder, doctors may recommend certain antidepressant medications to lower your stress levels and help manage the symptoms, such as Effexor XR, Zoloft or generic Effexor XR and generic Zoloft.

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