Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that is caused from a build-up uric acid crystals in joints. When the body breaks down the chemical called Purine it produces uric acid and when the kidneys cannot filter this chemical it forms crystals around joints and destroys the surrounding area over a long period of time. Hyperuricemia is the medical term for having an abnormally high level of Uric Acid in blood, which is the cause of gout. These needle shaped crystals that cause inflammation and swelling and are extremely painful and will create Tophus which are lumps created by the uric acid build up. There’s four stages of gout Asymptomatic Hyperuricemia where there uric acid present in the blood but no symptoms; Acute gout where there is uric acid in the joints; Intercritical gout is a period where there’s no attacks; chronic gout is the most severe and causes the most damage to joints, bones and tissue over an extended period of time. The most common place for gout to occur is in the Metatarsal Phalangeal Joint right above the toe and if not treated correctly will spread to other joints like the knee, hands and shoulder. There is multiple ways someone can develop gout other than it being inherited from your family. Kidney disease cause gout symptoms as well as Psoriasis, Anemia, Myeloma and Diabetes. Your life style and diet play two huge roles that affect gout, obesity, alcoholism and drug use all cause high uric acid levels in the blood. Your diet is the most important way to help control gout, you obtain most of the chemical purine through the food you eat. You cannot eat any red or organ meats, seafood or shell fish, raw veggies and fried foods they all contain high levels of uric acid. You also can’t drink caffeine, soda or beer, it’s found that high fructose corn syrup is a huge reason people have symptoms of gout. Something like regular aspirin use can cause gout symptoms. If left untreated over an extended period of time the...
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