Arthritis joint bone and muscle
28 Apr 2010
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Gout

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A form of arthritis characterised by intense pain in a single joint, often the big toe.

Affected areas

Most commonly affects the big toe, but may also occur in the knee, ankle, elbow and other joints

Symptoms

  • Pain in a joint, that appears very quickly
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Stiffness of the affected joint

Causes

Gout is a form of arthritis and is associated with high-blood-levels of uric acid, a compound that's a by-product of your body's normal breakdown of food. Uric acid itself is a product of the metabolism of purines, compounds found in a range of food.

Foods containing purines;

  • Offal (including related products like pate)
  • Game meat
  • Some seafood (especially anchovies and sardines)
  • Some vegetables including asparagus and mushrooms

Normally your body maintains uric acid levels by dissolving it in the bloodstream, filtering it through the kidneys and then urinating. If you start creating too much uric acid or other factors prevent your body dealing with the load, then uric acid crystals form on the joints. This is what causes the sudden pain, redness and swelling of gout.

Diet and lifestyle

It is advisable to see your doctor as soon as possible. This is important as gout can cause severe pain and permanent damage to the joints if left untreated. The dietary and lifestyle suggestions below are recommended as support measures but not as a replacement for medical treatment from a qualified medical practitioner.               

Lowering uric acid levels is a priority and changing your diet to reduce your intake of foods containing purines may help with this.

Important notes

Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition (CPPD) or Pseudogout is a similar condition to gout though its causes are unknown. It has been linked with a variety of causes including low magnesium levels in the blood, an over-active parathyroid gland, and excessive quantities of iron, as well as genetic factors.

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Is alcohol perhaps excessively drunk a factor in this? Chris
christine
christine 18 Mar 2016
Our asparagus has just popped up in the vege garden, we've just had a few meals with asparagus this week and couldn't figure out why my other half has had a gout attack so suddely. Found your article with possible foods that may contribute. Very helpful thanks.
Might have to give the asparagus away :-(
Anonymous
Anonymous 10 Oct 2015
what can I eat
Anonymous
Anonymous 18 Sep 2015
how strange, I too thought it was the effect of a long flight but the swelling and pain increased and it appears to be gout. Waiting for blood results for uric acid but nothing has helped so far.
Anonymous
Anonymous 06 Aug 2015
We read your type of retail products do not have any medical regognition., generally described as non effectual and hellishly expensive.
Your descriptions here states "it may" or "IT can" help.
try Artthrexin for $6.80 with a medical prescription, or add NoGout and it will make life much more pleasant.
I prefer to stay away from quackery.
Anonymous
Anonymous 09 Jul 2015
Can a malfunction of the liver or an imbalance in the gut cause gout.
Anonymous
Anonymous 27 May 2015
Good to now that.
Anonymous
Anonymous 04 May 2015
16 days ago I got of a flight, thought the swelling to my ankle was from the long flight, as the days went past, the swelling got bigger, the ankle was unbearable to touch and I could not walk 2 feet ahead of me, waking up in the is the hardest, feel that me ankle weights a tonne.
I am still not walking properbly, the swelling still continues, I have had 2 ultrasounds and an x-ray, blood tests and only yesterday the conclusion was I was suffering from Gout! How long for recovery once I start taking the vitamins? & which is best?
Tania
Anonymous
Anonymous 17 Feb 2015