Five ‘Unpopular’ Things People with Chronic Illnesses do

Self-care is pretty popular these days. It’s not uncommon to see images floating around the internet touting the amazing sensation of canceling plans out with friends to instead stay in and curl up with a good book. While we can all certainly agree from our own perspective, it’s often much more difficult to be the…

Finding Out I Had Gout: Spiro Koulouris

My name is Spiro Koulouris and I have suffered from gout for just about 15 years. When I was first diagnosed with gout, I couldn’t believe it. Surely, my doctor just made a mistake; so I went to another doctor to get a second opinion. During that consultation, my worst fears were confirmed: I had gout and…

A Gout Friendly Holiday

Gout is an extremely painful inflammation of the joints caused by a buildup of needle-sharp uric acid crystals. A common area of pain due to gout is your big toe but it can also affect your ankles, knees, feet and hands. As a gout sufferer, are you looking forward to Thanksgiving or is this a…

Gout: Managing Flare-Ups at Home

Chronic illness sufferers have become all too acquainted to living with chronic pains. And, gout sufferers are no exception. Few things are more painful than a joint that is red, inflamed, swollen, and radiating heat, during a gout flare-up. Once started these flare-ups are nearly impossible to stop, but you can try to ease your…

Serendipitous Gout Research Findings

Those who suffer from Gout know how painful and tiresome that flare-ups can be. A painstaking amount of thought and care is taken to eliminate triggers and make lifestyle changes to avoid repeated attacks. And, as the prevalence of Gout keeps climbing sufferers may be able to find brief solace over the condition’s silver lining….