Gout is an extremely painful form of rheumatic inflammation. It typically affects only one joint at a time, (usually the large toe joint) in a repetitive fashion. Typically, there are only short periods of discomfort when gout attacks, called flares. There are only rare times when gout is severe enough to cause complete disability or death, and even then the symptoms usually clear up within a few days.
Gout generally occurs in people who have abnormally high levels of uric acid in their blood. This uric acid is a byproduct of the breakdown of chemical compounds called ‘purines’ in your body. Purines are present in your body at all levels, but elevated levels cause uric acid to be deposited in your joints. Eventually, this causes the joints to swell and become painful, sometimes resulting in redness, swelling, hot and cold flashes, stiffness, and even burning sensations. The pain is usually greatest in the morning, when walking, although gout can strike at any time nano fast.
If you eat a lot of purine-rich foods, you can increase the amount of uric acid being deposited in your joints. By keeping a careful watch on your diet you can keep gout at bay, if not stop it completely. Some good advice for gout patients is to avoid alcohol, soft drinks, eggs, meats, shellfish, poultry, mushrooms, beer, and any other foods that are high in purines. Avoid alcohol for a day or two before any gout treatments, as the extra alcohol can add to the severity of your attack.
Certain medical conditions can also cause gout, one of them being hyperuricemia. This is a condition where there is an excessive amount of uric acid being produced by the kidneys. People with hyperuricemia are very prone to gout because their kidneys are unable to clear the body of excess uric acid. This causes gout to develop.
There are some medications that may help ease the symptoms of gout. These medications include the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, and colchicines. You should also avoid foods high in purine, like organ meats, shellfish, mussels, dried peas and beans, dried fruits, brewer’s yeast, and dried peas. These foods also make kidney stones more likely to develop.
In the worst case scenario, if none of these treatments work then you may need to have your gout diagnosed by your physician. One possible treatment is a bone growth product known as hyaluronan. Hyaluronan injections into the affected joint fluid can remove the excess uric acid crystals from the joint fluid, reducing the chance of future gout attacks. If you decide to use a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or NSAID, talk with your doctor about what to do if you develop a fever while on a course of this medication.
Most people with gout don’t experience symptoms until they reach advanced ages. However, some individuals can actually experience symptoms earlier in life. Gout often affects men more than women, but the disorder can affect anyone, even if they haven’t suffered from it for many years. If you have gout, it’s important to make sure that you keep up with your annual gout screening. The sooner you detect it, the easier it will be to treat it.
Gout is one of the most painful types of rheumatoid arthritis. It affects the joints and the tissues surrounding it. Once the joints are affected, pain and swelling are almost guaranteed. If you’re suffering from a particularly nasty form, you may need to undergo surgery to correct the problem, or to avoid having permanent damage done to your joints. Your doctor can give you a treatment plan to help minimize the pain and swelling that go along with gout and help you enjoy more mobility in your life.