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Anyone who has waken-up in the middle of the night with a severely painful gout attack will know that this disease is no fun. Gout is a disease in which tiny crystals (urate crystals) deposit in all the wrong places like joints and soft tissue. The quintessential gout picture is a swollen, big, red toe. However, many joints can be affected by gouty arthritis including the ankle, foot, knee, wrist or hand. Crystals deposit in these places when a person cannot get rid a chemical called uric acid (which is produced by the breakdown of purines, see below) very well and the uric acid accumulates as crystals. Did you ever have one of those crystal gardens as a child? Watching the crystals grow was so exciting. Well, imagine having one of those crystals lodged in a joint. Now, that is some serious pain. Living with this painful disease requires some education; here are some little known facts about Gout.
1. All humans are at risk for gout, but gout is rarely seen in men before adolesce...
Despite the fact that the U.S. Congress declared 2000 - 2010 to be The Decade of Pain Control and Research, an article in this month's journal The Lancet reveals that little has changed for those who live with chronic pain. Researchers, led by Dennis C. Turk, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research at the University of Washington School of Medicine, reviewed medical literature for the past decade, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and guidelines on osteoarthritis, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and low-back pain. What they found was something of a good news / bad news scenario. Good news: Scientists now have a better understanding of the underlying pathology of pain – how and why we feel pain. Bad news: This new-found understanding has not yet translated into more effective treatments for patients. The researchers surveyed a number of different treatments and found:
Only about half of patients treated had any reduction in their...
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