Gout Symptoms

Could it be Gout?

Gout (gouty arthritis) is the most painful of all arthritis and it also affects a large portion of the worldwide population especially the men of the age of menopause and onwards. This is due to extremely high level of uric acid that eventually crystallizes in to needle like fragments that deposit in to tissues and most vitally, the joints, causing them to swell, and become tender over time. This abnormality of uric acid maybe traced, but not limited to lifestyle, diet or eating habits. It can also be triggered by poor processing and elimination of excess uric acid in the body because of other underlying problems such as kidney failure.

Uric acid is common in the body. However, it has certain levels regulated by the body through excretion. If the body fails to eliminate excessive amounts of urate, the body suffers from the overload of uric acid or hyperuricemea. It forms crystal deposits in tissues commonly called as tophi, which eventually reaches the bones causing erosion. Other consequences are kidney stones that are obviously hardened uric acid crystals. Most of the time, the deposits reside in between joints causing damage and pain to the patient.

Usually, gout symptoms are easy to notice. A gout case is presented with red, tender, hot, swollen joint termed as acute arthritis. The most common location of its initial attack is on the metatarsal-pharyngeal joint or the big toe. This is termed as the podagra. This phenomenon is usually associated with the location of the body part itself because it is the farthest away from the heart and therefore the most likely to suffer from cold.

Gout can be manifested by pain, swelling, redness, joint stiffness and hotness of the joint location such as the big toe, ankles, heels, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers. Gout attacks, usually complained as pain of the joints, can be triggered by stress, alcohol, extreme temperatures (more commonly by extreme cold). Over fatigue, food high in purine and strenuous activities can also trigger it. Symptoms fade usually after 3-10 days even if the patient has no medication or treatment. The symptoms can also be dormant for months, even years but complete recovery is very difficult.

If you are experiencing such symptoms, consult a doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.