I usually offer as much help as I can, then qualify my remarks by advising the gout sufferer to seek medical attention.
But what should I do when your doctor’s advice is advice is clearly wrong?
I know what the leading medical authorities suggest as the best way to manage gout because I research it every day.
I know what typical gout sufferers need to endure, because I am one.
I know when a doctor is giving bad advice. The first comment here is transferred from a separate discussion because it is extremely important. Yes, it refers to allopurinol, but it raises a much larger issue. The writer is clearly unsure about the professional advice given. In this case the advice is clearly wrong. But what should you do when you do not trust medical advice from professionals, and what should I do to give advice that you know you can rely on even though I cannot treat you professionally?
For my specific advice about allopurinol, please see my reply to the first comment. For a discussion on how to handle bad advice, please read on.
On my main gout advice website, I end every page with the disclaimer:
Information on GoutPal.com is to help you understand gout and related issues. It should not be used for diagnosing or treating any health problem or disease. The information is given to help you understand your doctor’s advice and know what questions to ask. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have an actual or suspected health problem, you should consult your doctor.
On this site, Gout Pal Interactive, I assume visitors will realize it is a gout sufferers discussion arena, and accept the opinions and experiences offered by myself and other contributors are well-meaning amateur views. Maybe I should clarify this with a disclaimer on this site, but my aim is to help gout sufferers, not compound their suffering with meaningless get-out clauses.
The best answer I can come up with at the moment is to carry on giving the best advice that I can, and encourage others to do so. However, I am concerned that doctors who give bad advice need to learn the correct procedures. Perhaps, if you have concerns, you should raise them with the professional bodies in your country in an effort to save other people from potentially harmful practices.