5 Best Pain Relievers for Gout without a Prescription
Gout hurts – a lot – and pain relievers are going to be the only way to get through the next few days of intense discomfort because here’s the difficult thing about a gout attack: once it arrives, there is no miracle cure that will make it go away in a couple of hours.
For the most part, you have to ride it out until it’s done.
The good news is that you can then make all sorts of lifestyle changes to prevent one from ever coming again, such as:
- Lose weight
- Reduce purines in your diet
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Take a uric acid cleanse
- And more
All this means when you are in the midst of a gout attack, your #1 goal is simply to relieve the pain until the inflammation cools off. Some doctors may prescribe you steroids or prescription-strength anti-inflammatories, but what about those of us who don’t want to or can’t take a prescription?
Top 5 Pain Relievers for Gout without a Prescription
1. Over-the-Counter NSAIDs
NSAIDs are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which temporary relieve inflammation, so your symptoms like pain and swelling can decrease for a time. Common over-the-counter NSAIDs include:
Note: aspirin can slightly elevate uric acid levels (what caused the gout flare-up in the first place), so stick to other NSAID choices during your gout attack.
But it’s not all good news when it comes to these anti-inflammatory pills. The hard thing about NSAIDs is two-fold:
- First off, not everybody can actually take NSAIDs. With some other health conditions (heart problems, colitis, etc), it can even be dangerous to take NSAIDs
- Next up, exposure to too many NSAIDs can lead to other health problems – they should certainly not be taken long-term
So if you don’t have a condition that makes NSAIDs dangerous, you should be able to take the recommended dosage for a few days during your gout attack. If not, you will have to rely on the following pain-relieving tips.
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2. Natural Supplements
You also have some all-natural choices to help you lower that inflammation naturally, as well as support the joints and the kidneys (kidneys are a big part of the uric acid removal process):
- VItaCherry HiActives: Cherries lower uric acid and decrease inflammation. Snacking on them is great, but taking the potent concentrate can be even better for more immediate relief (plus, you won’t be consuming too much sugar like you could with bowls and bowls of cherries)
- Celery Seed Extract: This anti-inflammatory substance has been traditionally used to help all sorts of issues with the kidneys/bladder – this means it will lower the inflammation and it will also support your kidneys to remove uric acid
- Chanca Piedra Extract: This antioxidant will help with the inflammation and will also prevent another uric acid buildup problem: a uric acid kidney stone
- Hydrangea Extract: Hydrangea helps all the issues of gout – it will aid in lowering inflammation, it will help kidney function, and it will support the joints
The Eu Natural Purge! Uric Acid Cleanse & Healthy Joint Support combines all of these supplements into one easy-to-take pill. I highly recommend it during your gout attack.
Ice is going to be one of your best bets for relieving both pain and swelling during your gout flare-up. You should be using ice multiple times throughout the day during your gout attack. Here’s the best way to go about it:
- Wrap your ice pack in some sort of cloth (dish towels or pillowcases work just fine), so you don’t inflame the skin area with too much cold exposure – making the area more painful or tender is literally the last thing you want to do
- Leave it on for 15 or 20 minutes – longer could potentially lead to frostbite, and again, you don’t need more pain
- Repeat (never put the ice back on if the skin is still cool – give yourself a few hours in between each ice session)
4. Rest & Elevation
The more you use the joint, the more it is going to hurt. Plus, your body needs rest for healing purposes just like it does when you are sick.
Your ideal situation is to rest on the couch or in bed as much as you can for the first few days while the pain is at its worst. While you’re there resting, elevate the joint to relieve some swelling and pain. A pillow is an easy solution.
If you have to move around, use a cane, crutch, or walker, so you don’t have to put pressure on the joint.
5. Essential Oils
While essential oils are not going to cure your gout, some are strong enough to act as anti-inflammatories and help you take the edge off some of the pain and swelling. Top choices include:
- Peppermint essential oil
- Wintergreen essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
Combine a couple drops of some of these essential oils with a carrier oil (I personally like coconut oil or jojoba oil for this job – but you can use whatever you have at home). Gently rub them on the joint. Your joint may be so sensitive, it won’t be a “massage” or a “rub,” but more of a “placing” or “dabbing” of the oil mixture on the aching area.
You can also try diffusing calming essential oils like lavender, frankincense, or chamomile in the house to keep your stress levels down while you’re in pain.
No More Gout Pain
Following these 5 non-prescription ways to relieve gout pain should help you get through the next few days of your gout attack more easily.
Then your new focus should be on all those gout prevention steps. You can stay on your all-natural uric acid cleanse as you start adjusting your diet and workout routines to make sure you don’t have to deal with another gout attack in your future.
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