Staying positive during gout attacks is often not the easiest thing to do. As the uric acid crystallizes and starts to poke at your joints it’s easy for dread and fear of the pain to set in. Western medicine on the whole treats gout attacks with a variety of chemical based drugs that are often hit and miss in their effectiveness. However, eastern medicine treats diseases and medical conditions from a more holistic approach and recognizes that the whole of the person, body, mind and spirit are all elements of remaining healthy.
So even though the gout may well be attacking, staying positive during gout attacks is perhaps one of the most important, if overlooked things for you to do. When I used to suffer from gout attacks I would worry and dread what was to come. It wasn’t that I didn’t know the actions I needed to take to reverse the uric acid build up and chase the gout monster away. It was that I hated the unbearable pain that would surely come. But then I stopped doing this.
Living in the shadow of gout is something that can be a terrible experience or actually a good thing for you to find out what it is that you are doing to yourself to make the pain come. Changes in diet, more exercise and drinking more water are all positive steps that most none-gout sufferers need to do. For us though we get painful reminders when it comes to these things.
Instead of feeling like a victim and living in fear of gout when it attempted to hit me, I changed how I approached it mentally.
I started to calm myself down more, and told myself that I was going to get through this. I began staying positive during gout attacks and setting myself goals for when I would be pain free. The timeline of my gout attacks went from often weeks to less than 48 hours. The pain of the gout attacks was also much reduced. Undoubtedly most of this was due to the immediate actions and battle plan I have established over the years for dealing with gout. But also the ability to switch roles from feeling like a victim or feeling helpless, and feeling like a master in control helped enormously.
Scientific medicine is well aware that a positive mental attitude is essential when fighting a chronic illness. The effect that positive emotions, thoughts and energy have on the physical health of the body has been well documented through thousands of investigations into the placebo effect. Which is essentially where the brain is tricked into relieving pain and medical symptoms through positive belief.
So although the doctor might prescribe you medication, one of the best things you can do is decide that you are going to keep staying positive during gout attacks.
Tips on How to Keep Staying Positive During Gout Attacks
One of the most important things is to stop being afraid of the pain. Instead tell yourself that you are reacting well, and that this gout attack will be mild and short.
Another thing is to replace worry with positive belief. This can easily be done by simply picturing yourself walking and moving pain free whenever you start picturing pain and suffering.
Change your diet immediately and start drinking more water. As you eat and drink think to yourself `thank you for healing me’ and see in your mind the gout crystals beginning to dissolve.
Every time you go to the bathroom, to urinate or defecate, see in your mind the uric crystals flowing out of your body.
Listen to calming music and imagine yourself being pain free as if it is real and now.
I’m not sure how it works, or whether it is just simply a trick of the mind, but I have found that my gout attacks have been far less severe and shorter by doing this. A great book to read about the power of your mind over physical results can be found here.
I hope this helps in your quest to remain gout free!