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Gout Survey Offers Peek at the Pain

Most Gout Patients Believe the Disease Isn't Taken Seriously and That Their Complaints of Pain Are Often Dismissed as Overreaction, Survey Finds

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He says gout is the result of high uric acid levels in the body and that the disease needs ongoing management with a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.

A gout flare can affect different areas of the body, including wrists, knees, and elbows, although patients most often experience pain in the big toe.

Scott Williams, vice president of Men’s Health Network, says the survey’s intent is to raise awareness of symptoms and treatments for the disease, which he says is manageable by physicians.

Other findings of the survey:

  • 51% described their gout as very severe or severe.
  • Half said it caused “unbearable” pain during a flare.
  • 64% of patients reported feeling stressed during an attack of the disease, 47% are angered, 40% become depressed, 16% feel embarrassment, and 38% said they feel overwhelmed.
  • 41% of men and 33% of women said they would participate in sports and exercise more often if they didn’t have to worry about the pain of gout.

Gout sufferers were interviewed by telephone. The Men’s Health Network says survey results are projectable to a larger population and that the margin of error for findings is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The Men’s Health Network is a national nonprofit organization that says its goals are to save men’s lives by reducing the premature mortality of men and boys, to improve the physical and mental health of men, and to work with and through women as the family’s health care leader to reach men with important health messages.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. and Takeda Global Research and Development Center Inc. are subsidiaries of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. The firms market medications for diabetes, insomnia, rheumatology, and gastroenterology.

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