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Too Much Ouch In Gout: Everything You Need To Know About The Disease

June 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 233

What is Gout Disease: Gout is one of the three types of arthritis, they both cause pain and inflammation but of the three types, gout or gouty arthritis elicits the most pain. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints and gout manifests in the joints thus they are related.

What Causes Gout Disease: Uric Acid. Though it is normal to have some amounts of this acid in the body, a person who is suffering from gout has increased amounts of it or has hyperuricemia. Build up of the chemical in the body comes from eating foods that have high amounts of this acid. This is why gouty disease is also often referred to as the Rich Man's Disease obviously because of the food sources from which uric acid is deposited into the body.

Why Does The Body Retain Uric Acid: Probably because there is just too much uric acid or the body cannot eliminate it properly. Normally, the body can get rid of the uric acid accumulated in the body and hyperuricemia only ensues when the build up happens faster than the elimination.

• Eating Too Much Food That Are High In Uric Acid - this is a very common cause of the increase of this acid in the body.

• Genetics - There are rare genetic disorders that simply trigger the body to create too much uric acid.

• Problematic Kidneys - Uric acid is eliminated from the body via the urine, if the kidney is impaired, there would be slower removal of the chemical from the body. Thus allowing the accumulation of the this acid in the body.

Who Usually Suffers From Gouty Disease: Men. About ninety-five percent of gout patients belong to the male population though women can suffer from it too at a much less percentage. Most frequently, older men ages 50 and above agonize over the pain but there are sporadic cases when younger males begin to show signs and symptoms of the disease as well.

How Does Gouty Disease Manifest In The Body: The first and most commonly affected joint by gouty arthritis is the MTP or the metatarsophalangeal joint. This is actually the big toe and the pain is often felt at the base joint of it. Later bouts of pain will occur in the mid-foot, then progress to the ankle and heel until even the knee joint becomes swollen with pain.

Furthermore, gouty Arthritis attacks only one joint at a time, this is a classic sign of the disease. But as the disease progresses, the pain will become more severe, sticks longer and in worst cases, can attack more than one joint.

How Is Gout Diagnosed: Initial diagnosis can be made from the development of the disease in the patient. Very commonly, gouty arthritis happens acutely, in only one site and can be very painful. Familial history as well as questions on diet and lifestyle are commonly asked to help back the preliminary diagnosis.

Confirmation of the diagnosis can be made from testing the serum or joint fluid of the patient for presence of excess uric acid.

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