If you are a new gout sufferer and just landed on this page, you probably are searching to find out how long does a gout attack last whereas we veteran gout sufferers know all too well that gout attacks and gout pain can last from days to weeks depending how serious it is. The answer isn’t so simple.
Gout attacks tend to be intensely painful within the first 12 to 24 hours and afterwards you have the prolonged daily incremental improvement until the pain subsides completely. That’s if you don’t jump to treat right away with colchicine or some other home remedy of your choice that you probably read in this website. The average gout attack ranges from three days to a week but for some a gout attack can be quite stubborn and last for weeks, heck I’ve heard of one fellow who suffered for about 2 months being stuck in bed for most of the time! If gout is left untreated then expect frequent gout attacks for various lengths of time.
One of my readers has chronic gout stage 3 and his normal uric acid levels are usually between 3 mg/dl to 6 mg/dl. During a gout attack, his uric acid jumps anywhere from 11 mg/dl to 18 mg/dl! You don’t want to end up like him cause he now can no longer walk and is stuck in a wheelchair due to all the joint inflammation. If you suffer from frequent gout attacks you must do something about it, don’t think that it might not come back, chances are it will.
Since gout is a progressive disease and if you don’t control your uric acid levels to below 5 mg/dl then you can expect more gout attacks. If you take allopurinol, febuxostat or other uric acid lowering prescription drugs and you get gout attacks, then you must check with your doctor and reassess your uric acid lowering therapy.
Remember that gout pain can occur when uric acid crystallizes and when it uric acid dissolves. So if you just got your first gout attack and your doctor prescribes you allopurinol, he’ll most likely also prescribe you colchicine to prevent another gout attack, for the first two weeks to avoid triggering gout flares as the uric acid crystals begin to dissolve.
Keeping uric acid levels in the safe range of under 5 mg/dl should keep the gout away and why not follow my diet plan and lifestyle change in my ebook and take the minimum allopurinol dose possible to treat your gout? Keeping uric acid levels low the healthy way is always a better alternative than prescription drugs. The truth is if you don’t control your uric acid levels eventually you will be in permanent pain since those nasty crystals will chip away at the bone and cause permanent joint damage. You don’t want go there, believe me!
In conclusion, a gout attack can last anywhere from a day to several weeks depending what stage you are in, diet, lifestyle and treatments all come into play. To learn more on how to stop a gout attack, make sure to read this post.
Posted by Spiro Koulouris