4 Big Tips for Keeping Gout in Control

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Caregivers Glendale COGout is related to arthritis, although it’s slightly different. A gout attack is highly likely to come on very suddenly, often overnight. Your loved one might not have any warning that an attack is about to hit, and then there it is. There are some things that you can do, though, to help keep these painful attacks from happening to your elderly loved one as often.

Keep Those Doctor’s Appointments

Your loved one’s doctor needs to keep a close eye on how her gout is progressing, especially if this is a new diagnosis for your loved one. He’ll be conducting tests and making sure that everything that you’re doing to treat the gout is working. If you don’t keep those appointments, it’s possible that he might miss something that could be important for getting your loved one’s gout attacks under better control. It’s not unusual to have to reschedule an appointment, but try to avoid it when it comes to gout symptoms.

Educate Yourself about Gout

One of the best things that you can do for your loved one as her family caregiver is to educate yourself as much as possible about gout. Ask questions at your loved one’s doctor’s appointments and keep track of symptoms and how often she’s having attacks. Keep track also of her uric acid levels when your loved one’s doctor tests them. Uric acid is the key element to the crystals that form in your loved one’s joints and cause so many problems. The higher the uric acid level, the more likelihood that there is your loved one is having gout attacks.

Keep Track of How Treatment Is Working

Once your loved one’s doctor evaluates her and comes up with a treatment plan, it’s important not only to follow the plan but also to keep track of how effective the plan is. Part of this involves making and keeping follow up appointments at the doctor, but it also means tracking the frequency and severity of gout attacks as well as any other symptoms your loved one is having. Make note of difficulties that your loved one is having so that you can bring them up at her appointments. If you’re not able to be with your loved one all the time, keep a notebook that you and her senior care providers can update together.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Changes

If your loved one’s treatment plan suddenly doesn’t seem to be keeping up with how she’s feeling or it hasn’t been effective at all, don’t be afraid to speak up. The more information that your loved one’s doctor has about what is going on, the greater the likelihood that he can find a treatment plan that works for her. In some cases, small changes to a medication or to a treatment plan can make a big difference, so it’s important to make those changes when necessary.

If your loved one is dealing with gout, it’s important to get a handle on it as quickly as possible.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring a professional caregiver in Glendale, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.

About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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