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Do Not Let Your Gout Cause Depression | Cure Gout Now

Do Not Let Your Gout Cause Depression

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Openly talking to your doctor about medication and other facts of gout, will help you avoid letting your gout cause other issues in addition to the painful attacks you’re already experiencing.  The reason why it is important to be able to freely talk about your gout condition is because gout can cause depression.

Feeling a bit depressed or down is a normal part of life and is experienced by most people from time to time.  Most people experience bouts of apathy, despair, and exhaustion, a case of the blues that takes hold and doesn’t let go.  Depression can occur for many reasons, and poor health is one of the major causes.  Therefore, if you’re not careful, you can let your gout get you down.

How can gout cause depression? 
Painful attacks
Not being able to use the affected joint during an attack
Not being able to enjoy certain activities
Avoiding foods you love eating because they can cause gout
Knowing a gout attack can recur

How will you know if you are depressed?  Signs and symptoms of depression include:
Feeling helpless and/or hopeless – feeling that a situation with never become better or change
Loss of interest in everyday activities - no longer participating in hobbies and activities once enjoyed
Significant weight loss or weight gain (a 5% increase or decrease in body weight in one month)
Insomnia or hypersomnia (oversleeping)
Feeling restless or sluggish
Feeling exhausted and physically drained, even when doing simple tasks
Difficulty concentrating
Irritable – easily frustrated, annoyed or angered
Feeling aches and pains – having headaches and gastrointestinal complaints (I.E. constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.)

How can you treat depression related to gout?  If you are feeling depressed, the following are a few self-help tips to aid you in eliminating the blues gout cause.  Just remember that in order to successfully self-treat depression you need to want to recover from your condition and give it everything you’ve got.  Therefore, you need to be practical, open-minded, and above all, be yourself!

Talk to someone supportive – Talk to a good friend, or talk to your doctor about any concerns or questions you may have about your condition.

Research gout – Find out how you can treat and prevent gout attacks so you don’t let gout cause symptoms that are painful or depressing.

Enjoy the food you eat – Just because you have to avoid certain foods rich in purines, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy eating anymore.  Find out what foods are low in purines and are considered gout-friendly.  Some examples include, chocolate, carbonated beverages, eggs, sugar, milk products, bread, grains cereals, rice, pasta, cheese, milk products, tomatoes, fruit, and some green vegetables.  Use these foods to create healthy new recipes.

Exercise – Exercise helps blood flow thorough your body and improves circulation.  Exercise also releases endorphins which make you feel better, improves your sense of well-being, and can help you avoid the negative feelings gout cause.

Take time to relax and avoid stress – You may be overworking yourself and your body.  Tell yourself you deserve a break and take the time to do something you enjoy and focus on clearing your mind.  For instance:
Take a hot bath
Listen to music
Get a massage
Spend time with a pet
Read a book
Write in a journal
Take a walk and enjoy nature
Watch a funny movie or T.V. show

Finally, always remember that if you are suffering from prolonged depression (depression that lasts for months) due to a gout cause, or another issue, you should seek immediate medical attention before your depression moves beyond your control.  Major depression is an illness that needs to be taken serious and treated. 

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4 Responses

  1. Michael Savage
    March 13th, 2008 | 4:34 pm

    Thank you for this article. I have a high stress job and have experienced many of the symptoms of depression. I fully agree that exercise or doing something I like has helped with depression. Riding my motorcycle has been a great release of stress and depression. It is a constant battle and it takes a lot to stay healthy.

  2. Chuck
    March 13th, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    Lisa-if I may, I suspect you send your information out in bulk and may not know each of us individually, who are on your mailing list. In your list I would be C. and like many of the people who receive your e-mail I have experienced the pain of Gout many times. I am no one special, but I can say without question I have had Gout in every joint of my body, including my shoulders and shoulder blades. Fortunately have not had Gout in hips to date. normally I would not comment or send feedback but as I read one of your newsletter I found something that I feel is important that may be helpful. There was an article that described some studies on foods in the use of fruits, and of course the specific item was charities. And I\’ve known about yours for a long time and use them but never found any significant benefits. But when I read that vitamin C was the significant difference between many other fruits, and the content of vitamin C it triggered a trial on my part. I purchased powdered vitamin C. i took one heaping tablespoon and mixed it with about 8 ounces of water each morning for about three weeks. Now I don\’t consider this to be in overnight your but I have felt pretty good for the last few weeks since taking this regiment of vitamin C. I thought these comments might be helpful for someone else. Not to belabor my previous comments, but I truly have had this problem many times under extreme conditions in many joints of my body, and I\’m always looking for something that will help me keep it under control. I should not stop here, without mentioning that as in statements and in your newsletter diet is very helpful. As a sidenote, I\’ve also been eating avocados, cucumbers, bananas and other items that help to limit my intake. Trust me I\’m not starving. Just trying to keep from having another major episode. I usually eat what I want when I want it. But I make plans for restitution later. I apologize that I\’m not a great writer or linguist, but I think you understand and get the message that I\’m trying to convey. Thank you for your newsletters and your e-mails. They have been very helpful to me. C- Chuck

  3. March 13th, 2008 | 11:02 pm

    Thanks for the comments…

    Chuck - I just wanted to pick up on your comment and add a little bit of information about vitamin C.

    There has been some research indicates that vitamin C can reduce the amount of Uric Acid in the blood.

     I mentioned it in a few other posts I have added to this blog:


    You can see a summary of the reseach findings here:


    Basically the research indicates that supplementing your diet with 500 mg/day of vitamin C for 2 months had the effect of reducing the amount of uric acid in your system. This suggest that vitamin C may be beneficial in preventing or managing gout.

    Kind regards


  4. Ernest Moore
    March 25th, 2008 | 3:21 pm

    Lisa my name is Ernest Moore your articles on gout are very helpful , keep them coming. Thanks alot.

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