The Disease Of Kings
Arthritis has the potential to change your life no matter what form it takes. The pain, bone loss, and immobility can affect careers, fitness and ever our daily routines. One of the most debilitating and common forms of arthritis is gout. Known in the ancient world as the “king of diseases and disease of kings” gout is becoming increasingly common thanks to changes in the modern diet and the way these dietary changes interact with our genetics. While disease can have a devastating impact there are many treatment options available. You not even need to take a medication to manage gout.
As a form of inflammatory arthritis gout is easily confused with many other diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, and countless others imitate the symptoms of gout precisely. Gout will characterize as swelling and pain in the toes although the ankle, soles, heel, and even hands are sometimes involved. Although there are other diseases that may cause these effects the symptoms of gout are distinguished through extensive testing. Gout patients tend to have exceptionally high levels of uric acid in their blood although uric acid levels are sometimes normal during an attack.
The most important feature of gout is the formation of uric acid crystals known as tophi. These crystals can accumulate in your joints and lead to both the arthritis of gout and additional bone loss. If left unchecked tophi can lead to stone formation in the kidneys and other forms of kidney disease.
There are many ways that you can manage gout and control symptoms. One of the easiest and most effective ways is to change your diet. Frequent consumption of meat and sugary drinks can aggravate symptoms heavily. Insulin resistance is strongly associated with gout and the severity of symptoms. Consumption of foods known to fight insulin resistance such as coffee, celery, and dairy products will reduce the frequency of joint attacks. Eating as much foliage as possible and cutting down on excessive calories will also provide some protection.
Another pithy source of issues for gout patients is the consumption of drugs and alcohol. Alcoholics tend to have higher rates of gout and in particular men with a long history of drinking. Tobacco can also worsen the symptoms of gout. Both chewing tobacco and cigarettes are known to cause flare ups in gout patients.
Medical Treatment Of Gout
Although lifestyle changes are often helpful for gout patients there are times when medical assistance is necessary. At first your doctor may suggest the use of NSAIDS OR non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAIDs can reduce the swelling associated with gout and allow you some pain relief. For more severe cases of gout stronger medications such as glucocorticoids and colchicine are often used to provide relief. These stronger medications often carry serious side effects such as kidney stones or inflammatory responses by the immune system, but research into reliable treatments with fewer side effects is underway.