Gout pain relief works best when you understand why it hurts.
My articles describing how uric acid causes gout pain brings into focus the four essential elements.
Quite simply, if you have too much uric acid you increase your risk of gout pain. The reasons for excess uric acid are many, but one essential point is that uric acid is our own natural anti-oxidant. It is very easy to stress your body to need anti-oxidants, and I discuss some of these causes elsewhere. It is also easy to supply anti-oxidants from foods, supplements and other treatments.
Essentially, if you boost your anti-oxidant supply from external sources, your body is under less pressure to produce its own anti-oxidant – uric acid.
Urate Crystal Deposits
There is very little you can do directly to affect uric acid crystal deposits. You do however need to be aware of their existence, as they will often cause gout pain both when they form (bad), and when they dissolve (good).
Essentially, gout pain relief is important when you first get gout, to help you cope with the pain from new uric acid crystals. It is equally important when you lower uric acid, to help you cope with the pain from old uric acid crystals dissolving.
Immune Reaction To Uric Acid Crystals
Uric acid crystals don’t hurt in the same way as sticking a needle in your body. They hurt like a flu virus, as your body fights what it sees as an infection. When your body recognizes and fights an invasion of uric acid crystals, it produces an inflammatory response that you see, and feel, as swollen, red, painful joints.
Essentially, anything you can do to minimize the inflammation will minimize your pain.
Your Reaction To Pain
When the inflammation starts, your nerves carry signals to your brain which we know as pain. There are many treatments, both natural and manufactured, that can interfere with these pain messages to reduce or block them. There are also techniques, popularly hypnosis and distraction, that can help you cope with the pain signals and block them out.
Essentially, your last resort to dealing with gout pain is to block it.
Essential Oils And Essential Fatty Acids
Whilst researching gout pain relief, I’ve stumbled across various natural substances that act on different parts of the gout pain process. A significant number of these substances are classed as essential oils or essential fatty acids. I am producing a series of articles on these natural pain relievers.
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