What’s up doc - rheumatology

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.

Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.

This question appeared in The Crawley Observer to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.

Read the response by Dr Raad Makadsi, consultant physician and rheumatologist:


Dear doctor, my partner suffers with severe occurrences of gout and on pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication. Please can you advise if there are maybe other types of drugs that could help? Nina, Crawley.


Dear Nina, gout management is mainly to prevent attacks and it does not seem that your husband is getting any of the management steps to prevent the attacks. He is only getting treatment for the attacks. 

He will need his uric acid checked and needs advice about his diet alcohol drink, review of any medications he is using which could increase the risk of developing gout and he need treatment to prevent attacks. I Hope this helps.

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 rheumatologist, offers appointments at Spire Gatwick
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 01293 778 906 or email  info@spiregatwick.com.

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