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What Are Gout Symptoms And Solutions?

Gout is a form arthritis that can be very painful. Gout sufferers are eager for information about the symptoms and possible solutions. Gout patients often experience a sudden and severe pain as their first sign. The most common symptoms are a throbbing, hot and red joint. These sudden gout flareups most often affect the big toe and foot joints. Gout attacks usually occur at night and can make it unbearable to even put a blanket on the affected joint. The first episode usually lasts between 5-10 days.

Joint Pain

Gradually, the symptoms will disappear, and the joint will return to normal. However, a second gout attack will almost always follow after the first one, usually lasting anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. What causes sudden joint inflammation and pain? It’s caused by excess uric acid being deposited in the joints and soft tissue surrounding the joints. Uric acid is formed when purine is broken down and processed. This compound is also found in our bodies and in the food we eat. Uric acid is formed when the body metabolizes purine.

It is a waste product that is eliminated by the kidneys through our urine. If there is too much uric acids being produced or the body cannot dispose of it quickly enough, the excess uric acid remains in the blood stream and is deposited in convenient places like the joints as crystals. Gout symptoms can flare up because of crystals.

Gout Attacks

Gout attacks can cause severe pain that can send most people running (or limping) to the doctor. NSAID’s are often prescribed. These drugs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They target joint swelling, but don’t reduce uric acid. Ask your doctor about possible side effects. A corticosteriod medication may be prescribed if the gout attack has become severe. Although steroids are effective in reducing pain quickly, side effects can be just the same. If you are prescribed these drugs, make sure you fully understand the risks.

Once you have managed to get rid of the initial pain, it is time to examine the reasons for the flare-up. Gout can be caused by untreated hypertension, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and other medical conditions. Gout can also be caused by medications. Low-dose aspirin may increase uric acid levels, and can also cause hypertension. Gout can be genetic. Take a look at your family history, and tell your doctor if you have a relative with gout.

Did You Know?

Gout can also be more common in men than in women. This is because men naturally have higher levels of uric acids than women. Women often get gout after their menopause, when estrogen levels have dropped. Gout can also be caused by lifestyle choices. Gout can be caused by excessive alcohol intake and a high intake of purine (i.e. Red meat, gravies and shellfish are all common causes of gout. Your doctor may prescribe medications to lower the amount of uric acid in your body. A healthier and more natural way to get your body back in balance is to make lifestyle changes.

  • You can switch high-protein foods to a more carbohydrate-based diet by following a low-purine diet.
  • If you are overweight, lose weight as this can lower uric acid production. A steady weight loss is better than a crash diet, which can temporarily increase uric acid levels and increase your risk of developing gout.
  • If you can, limit alcohol consumption or avoid it entirely. Limit alcohol consumption to two drinks per day for men and one for women.
  • Drinking lots of water helps to dilute the levels of uric acid in the blood and allows the kidneys more easily eliminate it.