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Diagnosis The first step in diagnosing the disease is to determine which joints are affected. A physical examination and medical history can help confirm or rule out gout. For example, gout is more likely if arthritis first appears in the big toe. The speed of the onset of pain and swelling is also important. Symptoms that take days or weeks (rather than hours) to develop probably indicate a disorder other than gout. Abnormal enlargements in joints that had been affected by previous injury or osteoarthritis are possible signs of gout. This is particularly significant in older women who take diuretics ("water pills"). Blood Test for Uric Acid Levels A blood test is usually done to measure uric acid levels and detect hyperuricemia. A low level of uric acid in the blood makes a diagnosis of gout much less probable, and a very high level increases the likelihood of gout, especially if patient has symptoms of gout. Nevertheless, uric acid levels in the blood during an attack of gout can be with...
Have you heard of gout? I had, but had no idea what it was or who is more likely to get it. However, it turns out that women’s risk of getting this condition increase as they go through menopause. Therefore, I thought it would be good to learn more and share it with you.
First of all, what is gout? According to the U.S. National Library’s of Medicine’s PubMed Health , gout is a form of arthritis that happens when uric acid builds up in the blood and causes joint inflammation. There are two types of gout. Acute gout causes pain in one joint whereas chronic gout involves repeated episodes of pain and inflammation in one or more joints.
In gout, uric acid crystals form when too much uric acid builds up in the fluid located around the joints. Uric acid is produced by the body when it breaks down certain substances called purines that are naturally found in the body as well as in certain foods. These uric acid crystals, which are sharp and needle-like, result i...
Gout is a form of rheumatic arthritis that attacks the joints, tendons, and other tissues. Most gout patients, about 90% are men over the age of 40. Women who are menopausal and/or take medications for high blood pressure have a predisposition to develop the condition. Natural treatment for gout has become particularly popular in recent years as t is preferred over traditional medical treatments.
People who suffer from gout have an increased concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream. Often referred to as ‘gouty arthritis,' gout attacks are extremely painful and sneak up on its victims suddenly. The build- up of uric acid form hard crystals that are deposited in the joints causing swelling, redness, tenderness, warmth, and inflammation in the affected area.
The big toe is the most common joint to be affected; however, gout is known to also affect the elbows, knees, fingers, wrists, and ankles. Acute gout attacks must be treated by a physician to lessen the initi...
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