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What is Gout? | Cure Gout Now

What is Gout?

Being informed about gout is essential if you want to prevent gout attacks and avoid developing other health conditions.  With this in mind, the following information has been designed to help you on your gout discovery path, and will provide you with the questions you need to explore so you can become an expert on gout.

What is the cause of gout? - In order to understand what causes any health condition or disease, you need to learn what the condition is, and how/why the condition can occur.  In the case of gout understanding that it is a form of arthritis that occurs when there is excess levels of uric acid is in the body is very beneficial. It enables you to learn what uric acid is, why the body produces it, how it can become excessive, and the steps to take to reduce the levels of uric acid in your body.

Can gout attack different areas of the body? – Most information on gout will tell you that gout generally occurs in the joint of the big toe.  While this is true, the big toe is only one of the many regions of the body that can be affected by gout.  Gout can also occur in the joints of the elbow, wrist, hand, knee, ankle and foot.  Knowing where gout can strike, and the reasons why it may occur in other joints may help you better understand your specific condition.

What are all the symptoms of gout? – Gout has many characteristic symptoms including sudden severe pain, inflammation, redness and swelling of the affected joint.  Knowing what warning signs to watch for may help prepare you so you can act quickly with treatment if you experience a recurrent attack.

What can make gout worse? – Gout, like other ailments, can be made worse through food choices (I.E. foods high in purines such as organ meats and shellfish) lifestyle choices (I.E. smoking, limited exercise, being overweight or obese), and medications (I.E. diuretics).  It is imperative you find out what can increase your risk of a gout attack, because the more frequent your attacks, the more chronic your condition and the more complications can occur.

What can make gout better? – Learning treatment information on gout helps you to both treat present attacks and prevent future ones.  Improving gout begins with avoiding the factors that make it worse.  It also consists of eating a balanced healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight, and in some cases, taking medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – I.E. aspirin) or prescription drugs.  Keeping the affected joints protected and well cared for can also make a difference.  The more you know on how to improve your condition the more control you will have over gout.

What are the complications of gout?  If gout is left untreated it can progress into a more aggressive condition and become recurrent.  It can also cause tophi, nodules that form under the skin from urate crystal deposits.  In some people, gout can even lead to the formation of kidney stones.  Knowing how severe gout can be if left untreated may help you take your condition and treatment more seriously.

What precautions should I take? When researching information on gout you need to keep an open mind about the information you read.  In other words, don’t believe everything you read, and don’t make the mistake of self-diagnosing yourself!

Where can you obtain gout information?
Your health care provider
Health books on gout in your local library or bookstore
Free online resources
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3 Responses

  1. Edward J Scharf
    April 3rd, 2008 | 4:57 pm

    I have recently experienced my first bout with gout. I have tophi on my ankle and toe area. I have altered my lifestyle completely. No alcohol, cherry juice, peanuts, etc. etc.. Going on four weeks and still suffering. I appreciate the information you have provided to enlighten me on this miserable condition.

    Still suffering in NY

  2. Mathew Black
    June 26th, 2008 | 6:26 pm

    I’ve been suffering with this gout on my left big toe for over a year now. I’m a college student and after the pain became unbearable I finally went to the doctor. They diagnosed it as gout originally and put me on prednisone. After my blood work came back the results showed that my uric acid level was completely normal. The doctor then wanted me to go to a podiatrist to see what was going on. I go this coming tuesday, July 1st to see what the status is. The thing that mind boggles me is why is my uric acid level completely normal but yet I still have gout? Also my diet shouldn’t effect it because according to my readings I’m eating right and drinking the proper liquids. Any answers??????

  3. June 27th, 2008 | 10:19 am


    Gout is linked with hyperuricemia, an abnormally high levels of uric acid…

    However, some people can have normal levels of uric acid but still unfortunately develop gout.

    I\’d really like to hear what your Podiatrist has to say.

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