The Alliance for Gout Awareness works to reduce stigma and empower patients by improving public understanding of gout.
While gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis, the disease is still underrecognized and misunderstood.
Gout leads to swollen joints and sudden, intensely painful attacks that can be debilitating. It is a serious medical condition that, left untreated, can result in more frequent or enduring attacks. It can also increase patients’ risk for other serious medical conditions such as kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke.
Busting myths and misconceptions
The long-held misconception of gout – the “disease of kings” – ignores the role of genetics in disease development.
Social stigma reflects the need for improved education. Affected patients, too embarrassed to seek treatment, may suffer in silence.
Providing resources for managing gout
Appropriate medication and lifestyle can help control symptoms.
Greater awareness is critical to ensure that patients can successfully manage their disease.
Community, Events and Patient Empowerment Forums
For many patients, living with gout can feel isolating. Friends and family may not understand what you’re going through, and misconceptions around the condition sometimes make people reluctant to talk about their experience. But having a support network is important.
Founded by patient advocate Gary Ho and physician Dr. Christopher Parker, the Gout Support Group of America serves as an online community for those living with gout. The support group works to improve the lives of people living with gout through wellness education, empowerment, and support from peers.
Members of the group can ask questions, share their experiences and seek advice from other people who understand what it’s like to live with gout.
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