Investigating Gout Pain Relief Heat Or Cold

For most people, gout pain usually shows up first in the joints of the great toe. However, as gout progresses, and more and more uric acid builds in the system, it needs to find other joints where it can go. This means you might get gout pain in other places that can cause even more pain than that which you might feel when it’s in your toe. So its entirely possible that your gout and hip joint pain might very well be related.

This should be done occasionally throughout the day and it applies to all parts such as foot pain, wrists, hand, elbows and even knee pain. If you don’t have ice, even cold water can serve to numb the pain that is caused by gout. After you have treated the gout pain area, it is preferable to keep the area warm to discourage uric acid crystallization.

A treatment of heat and ice can also help when gout and hip joint pains are making it difficult to move around. Ask your doctor about the proper way to achieve this type of simple treatment. The heat and then the cold ice packs can help bring a portion of the swelling down and then keep it from flaring back up right away. If you can apply this therapy and stay at home, try using a walking stick when up and about to avoid putting weight on the hip. Avoid swift motions, and take your time moving around. When seated or lying down, find a position that puts the least amount of stress on your hip and pelvis area.

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A similar remedy that some sufferers find helpful is to alternate warm and cold on the joint, with submersion in cold and then hot water or by means of an ice pack and heat pad. This can help lessen both pain and some swelling. Alternate the hot and cold every ten seconds for about five minutes-two or three times a day. Try adding some vinegar to the hot water.

When thinking in the long run about gout and hip joint pain, you should ask your doctor about an exercise program that can help strengthen the hip. You might also want to believe that gout isn’t the only reason why you’re having pain in the hip, and that there may be other contributing factors. If you can get those factors addressed, the gout attacks in your hip area mightn’t be as bad in the long run. Remember that by following advice about medications, diet, and other lifestyle changes gout can generally be well controlled.

If you have gout, which would be the best reliever? Ice or heat?
my dad has gout in his knee and he says its the most excriciating pain he's had in his life. Ice or heat to help? he's had the gout since tuesday

  • Jul's, you dad was absolutely right about the excruciating pain of gout. The pain can almost paralyze a person until cannot do anything at all, not even a squeeze of smile on his face. When it comes to pain, there are always 2 ways to help relief the pain, ice bag or warm tower. Somehow, the cold treatment is a more commonly used solution to numb the nerves so that the signals of the pain cannot reach the brain, temporarily. In the case of gout pain, because the infected area (usually big toe) is like burning on fire, most patients will soak the whole foot into a bucket full of freezing cold ices. That will immediately numb all the nerves in the foot, he cannot even feel the existence of the feet, not to mention the grueling pain at the swollen toe. This may sound like a good fix for the intense pain, but the fact is that cold treatment will only make the condition worse in the long run. This is a method that kills the symptoms but worsen the root cause of gout. Gout is a direct result of accumulation of too much uric acid in the body and the population of gout patients is growing worldwide at alarming rate. This is because of our modern stressful lifestyle that is full of acidic diet and habits. Smoking, soft drinks, instant food, synthetic food additives, fast food, are all acidifying agents that actively pump acids into the bloodstream. Bear in mind that our blood pH must always maintain at mild alkalinity which is at the pH value between 7.3 and 7.4. All those acidic food is turning our blood into an acid dumping site. In order to counter the acidity and return the alkalinity of the blood, those acids will be forced out from the bloodstream and enter the interstitial fluids and a portion of it will seep into the synovial fluids in the joints. When the concentration of uric acid in the synovial goes beyond the saturation level, they will crystallize and forms urate crystals that triggers the immune reaction which result in inflammation, burning sensation and pain, intense pain! Gout attack! Still remember salt crystal formation experiment during high school science? One of the variables that we need to find out is the rate of crystallization at different temperatures. The answer is that crystallization happens faster and larger crystal stones are formed at lower temperature. On the contrary, the formed salt crystals will slowly dilute away as the temperature goes up. If you want more urate crystals form in your joints or interstitial fluid of muscles, then continue on with your favorite cold ice soaking. But if you want to speed up the excretion of urate crystals, then soak your feet in the warm water as often as you can, even at times when you are not suffering from gout attack. Warm water will increase the blood circulation and excretion of toxins through the moving blood.

  • I had gout while I was pregnant. Yes, it's bad pain (but tell him not as bad as childbirth, ha!) Heat will help, as will ibuprofen and Aleve.

  • I think it would be good to try both. Try the ice for 30 minutes, then try heat for 30 minutes. Go to the grocery store and get cherries for him. He needs to eat at least 9 cherries every day and he won't have gout. There something in cherries that helps. It can be fresh cherries or canned cherries. I hope he gets better.

  • What a great question. People disagree on whether ice or heat is better for gout. I have had really bad gout attacks in the past. I know from experience that ice reduces swelling and pain better than heat does. I used to ice up my swollen knees and it really helped. But it turns out that the solubility of uric acid decreases with decreasing temperatures. That's why gout typically strikes extremities like toes and feet. Toes and feet are colder, so uric acid precipitates there and causes gout. That's why gouties should wear socks to bed. Anyway, even though ice provided better immediate relief, I switched to heat, believing cooling a joint might cause more uric acid crystals to form and be worse in the long run. Heat does not work as well as ice, but it does help.. for me anyway. He should see a doctor. Cortisteroids, orally or by injection, usually stop even the worst gout attacks in their tracks. There is also colchicine, which works but can cause severe diarrhea. Over the counter.. ibuprofen 4x200mg 3 times a day helps. But all it can to for a severe attack is take the edge off. For me, knees were the worst.

  • To help with pain heat is used to relax the area and help with movement. Ice is used to numb and relieve pain. 15 min. of heat, 10 min. off, 15 min. of ice, repeat as needed.