Talking With Friends & Family

It isn't always easy to talk with family, friends and colleagues about your disease. But the more people who know what you're going through, the more support you'll have when you need it most. That will help make it easier to get back to your daily activities and the things that mean the most to you.

Here's why talking to your loved ones about your gout diagnosis can be important:

  1. Gout may make it harder for you to do things you're used to doing on your own. If others know about your disease, it may make it easier for you to ask for help.
  2. Dealing with a chronic disease like gout requires emotional support. Explaining your disease to loved ones can help them better understand.

In some cases, gout may affect your ability to do your job. If this is the case, you might want to talk with your employer about your diagnosis.

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