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Gout (Gouty Arthritis)

If you are suffering from gout, Homeopathy is the best solution to your problem. By Dr. Shivani Verma
Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe pain, redness and tenderness in joints. Usually the joint at the base of the big toe is involved but other joints can also be effected. Elevated level of Uric Acid in blood is the pathological cause of gout.  Men are usually more susceptible to gout. It can recur again and again. The same joint may be attacked repeatedly or different joints may be effected. Many joints may be effected at the same time.

How is gout caused?

Gout is caused by elevated levels of Uric Acid in blood (hyperuricemia).Higher levels of Uric Acid in blood leads to formation of Urate crystals. These crystals deposit in joints and lead to Gout or Gouty Arthritis. Normally Uric Acid dissolves in blood, gets filtered in kidneys and passes out in urine. But sometimes there is excess of uric acid in blood, either due to more production in body or less excretion from kidneys. This leads to formation and deposition of sharp, needle-like urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue which cause pain, inflammation and swelling of joints. Many people with high levels of uric Acid in their blood never get gout. Precipitation of gout as a disease is linked to genes.

What are the symptoms of gout?

A patient of Gout usually has a sudden attack, often at night. It may last for hours and it may be so intense sometimes that pressure from a sheet is intolerable. The symptoms include-
PODAGRA- Sudden swelling, pain and heat of the great toe is known as podagra. Although feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists can also get effected.
Redness of effected join the effected joint turns red or purple in colour.
Tenderness of effected joint- During the attack of gout the joint become tender. Sometimes they are so sensitive that even slightest touch, as from a covering sheet can cause pain.
Restricted movement of effected joint- The effected joint cannot be moved because of pain and sensitiveness.
Lingering discomfort-Even after the acute attack subsides, discomfort may persist from days to weeks. Other joints may get involved subsequently.

Investigations of gout:

Blood Test- A blood test is performed to evaluate the level of uric acid in blood. Higher levels of uric acid in blood
Synovial Fluid examination-Examination of fluid collected from effected joint reveals the presence of urate crystals.
X- Ray- X-ray of effected joints shows "tophi". Tophi are deposits of sodium urate that are visible on X-rays and these are typically present in gouty arthritis.
Ultrasound- Ultrasound has recently been identified as a promising new imaging modality for gout .Ultrasound can detect deposition of MSU crystals on cartilaginous surfaces as well as tophaceous material and typical erosions.

Management of Gout:

Management of Acute Gout-

During an acute episode, the effected part should be given rest. Do not start physiotherapy during pain. Avoid exertion of effected joint.
Affected joints should be elevated and exposed in a cool environment. Ice packs can be effective adjuncts to therapy.

Diet Management of gout

Overall protein intake should be restricted- Intake of high purine foods and red meat should be reduced. Liver, kidneys, shellfish and yeast extracts should be avoided.
Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks sweetened with fruit sugar. Instead, drink plenty of water and other nonalcoholic beverages.
Weight maintenance-Keeping proper weight reduces the risk of gout.

 

Updated: April, 13 2016

Comments (1)

  1. Alok Verma Feb 22 2016 3:20AM Reply
    Homeopathy treatment For best secure health.

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