September 2021 has been declared both Pain Awareness and Arthritis Awareness Month.
An estimated 20% of Americans have chronic pain, with 8.0% of adults in the US having severe chronic pain.1 Gout, one of the most common and painful forms of inflammatory arthritis, affects more than 9.2 million Americans, of whom only 10% Receive appropriate treatment for their condition.2 Research has shown that chronic pain, such as gout, is associated with impaired mobility and daily activities, increased anxiety and depression, decreased quality of life, and dependence on opioids
According to the results of a 2019 survey by the Gout Education Society, patients with gout reported that flare-ups were more painful than a severe burn (39%), kidney stones (36%), and a broken bone (34%). .3
Recognizing the importance of managing and managing pain in patients with gout and gout attacks, and the value of collaboration between clinical disciplines to ensure quality patient care, we spoke to Lawrence Edwards, MD, MACP, MACR, Professor of Medicine, Program Director , and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Florida and chairman of the Gout Education Society.
The full transcript of this interview can be found here.
Disclosure: Dr. Edwards has declared his affiliation with Atom Biosciences, Shanton Pharmaceuticals and Horizon Therapeutics.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Pain and Severe Chronic Pain Prevalence in Adults – US, 2016. Published online September 14, 2018. Accessed September 22, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6736a2. htm
- Society for Food Education. Accessed September 22, 2021. https://gouteducation.org/
- Gout sufferers carry an enormous burden, research shows [news release]. Society for Food Education. Published online May 22, 2019. Accessed September 22, 2021. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gout-patients-bear-a-tremendous-burden-research-reveals-300854747.html
This article originally appeared on Rheumatology Advisor
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