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What is Gouty Arthritis?

 
 
andy77
 
Reply Wed 2 Jan, 2013 06:13 am
Gout is a one type of Arthritis, it is a disease results from overload of uric acid in the body. This uric acid leads to formation of tiny crystals at the joints. When crystals formed at the joints it causes joint inflammation. In Gouty Arthritis the most affected joint is toe.
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amygarside
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jan, 2013 06:15 am
@andy77,
This can be painful and unfortunately you can only take pain killers to make the pain go away. My sister suffered from this and she had to adjust her diet as well to prevent it from going back.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jan, 2013 01:47 pm
There are medications to deal with the uric acid buildup that causes gout, but looking at your diet is crucial. Also, watching your weight (which goes back to the diet thing)
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 2 Jan, 2013 02:20 pm
@PUNKEY,
I think, but am not positive, that this thread poster is a bot.

Either way, if you have the above described symptoms, the medical specialists who understand all about gout are called rheumatologists.
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andy77
 
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Reply Wed 16 Jan, 2013 05:41 am
@amygarside,
How is your sister now? I hope the diet followed by her is helping her to control Arthritis.
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andy77
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jan, 2013 10:24 pm
@amygarside,
What kind of diet is she up to now? I mean what all items are being included in her diet?
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JPB
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 05:57 am
You have to be careful with protein. Uric acid buildup in compounded by excess protein and not enough water to flush it out. Either reduce the amount of protein in her diet or increase the amount of fluids, or both.
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anthonydavis
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jan, 2013 06:38 am
Gout attacks are caused by deposits of crystallized uric acid in the joint. Attacks usually come on very quickly, and this sudden onset of symptoms is known as an acute attack.
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ArmandMD
 
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Reply Thu 18 Apr, 2013 08:13 pm
@andy77,
Hello,

Gout can be a very painful experience. Most of my patients who suffer from gout complaint is that gout affects their life style. They can't enjoy simple activities and their work is affected due to the pain and the restriction afflicted on the joint by the inflammation.

If you suffer from gout, you can go for treatment methods like physiotherapy, diet restriction and medication. They produce results, but not long lived results. Surgery is also an option for the degenerated joints.

Another treatment option my patients have had great results with is regenerative treatment, which includes: stem cell treatment and platelet rich therapy. It is a medical leap, actually and its results are very promising. I would strongly recommend it for gout patients.

The accumulation of the uric acid in the joints produces severe inflammation. We can combine stem cell treatment and platelet rich therapy, so the stem cells can repair the damaged tissue inside the joints, while platelet rich therapy reduces the inflammation produced. You can learn more about these treatments at Edit (Moderator): Link removed

It is important to choose the right doctor when you choose to undergo regenerative treatments, however as only few surgeons around the world master this type of treatment. Several patients have had great results with Dr. Purita who is considered a pioneer in Stem Cell Orthopedic Surgery, actually. In any case, you need stem cell doctor who is also an orthopedic surgeon, not generalized stem cell doctors.

All the best.
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Canada Malpractice
 
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Reply Fri 7 Jun, 2013 10:43 am
@andy77,
What is gout?

Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men.

What causes gout?

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Most of the time, having too much uric acid is not harmful. Many people with high levels in their blood never get gout. But when uric acid levels in the blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints.

Your chances of getting gout are higher if you are overweight, drink too much alcohol, or eat too much meat and fish that are high in chemicals called purines. Some medicines, such as water pills (diuretics), can also bring on gout.

What are the symptoms?

The most common sign of gout is a nighttime attack of swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in your big toe . You can also get gout attacks in your foot, ankle, or knees. The attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away. Another attack may not happen for months or years.

See your doctor even if your pain from gout is gone. The buildup of uric acid that led to your gout attack can still harm your joints.

How is gout diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical exam. Your doctor may also take a sample of fluid from your joint to look for uric acid crystals. This is the best way to test for gout. Your doctor may also do a blood test to measure the amount of uric acid in your blood.

How is it treated?

To stop a gout attack, your doctor can give you a shot of corticosteroids, or prescribe a large daily dose of one or more medicines. The doses will get smaller as your symptoms go away. Relief from a gout attack often begins within 24 hours if you start treatment right away.

To ease the pain during a gout attack, rest the joint that hurts. Taking ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory medicine can also help you feel better. But don't take aspirin. It can make gout worse by raising the uric acid level in the blood.

To prevent future attacks, your doctor can prescribe a medicine to reduce uric acid buildup in your blood. If your doctor prescribes medicine to lower your uric acid levels, be sure to take it as directed. Most people continue to take this medicine for the rest of their lives.

Paying attention to what you eat may help you manage your gout. Eat moderate amounts of a healthy mix of foods to control your weight and get the nutrients you need. Avoid regular daily intake of meat, seafood, and alcohol (especially beer). Drink plenty of water and other fluids
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