Living With Gout..

Gout is a common and complex from of arthritis that can affect anyone.. Pain and inflammation occur when too much uric acid crystallizes and deposits in the joints.. An attack of Gout can occur suddenly and cause severe pain.. Gout can occur in any joint, but most commonly your big toe.. Some other areas are the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and fingers.. The affected area will swell, become extremely painful, turn red and tender, and feel hot.. The area will become so tender, that the slightest touch may seem intolerable.. The pain and discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks.. As Gout progresses, you may not be able to move your joints normally.. There are 4 stages of Gout: Asymptomatic Hyperuricemia, Acute Gout, Interval Gout, and Chronic Tophaceous Gout.. Hyperuricemia happens when you have too much uric acid in your blood.. If you have no other symptoms, it’s called Asymptomatic Hyperuricemia.. Acute Gout happens when hyperuricemia causes uric acid crystals to develop in one of your joints.. It causes intense swelling and pain.. Acute Gout attacks can last over a period of months or years.. Interval Gout is the period between Acute Gout attacks.. It is also called Intercritical Gout.. You want have any symptoms during this stage.. Chronic Tophaceous Gout can happen if you leave your Gout untreated.. It can take 10 years or longer to develop.. This stage can cause permanent damage to your joints.. A variety of factors can play a role in causing Gout.. Conditions such as blood and metabolism disorders, drinking to much of any kind of alcohol, and eating to much of certain foods can cause you to develop Gout.. Kidney or thyroid problems and certain medications can also lead to Gout.. Your doctor can make a diagnosis of Gout based on a review of your medical history, a physical exam, and your symptoms.. In most cases your regular doctor can treat your Gout.. If your Gout is severe, your doctor may refer you to a Rheumatologist.. Your doctor will prescribe you a treatment plan.. Along with medications, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to help manage your symptoms and reduce your risk of future Gout attacks.. Adjusting your diet is one of the most important ways to reduce the number of Acute Gout attacks you have.. Lifestyle changes are extremely important.. Gout can become very serious, so please take care of yourself..


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