Arthritis, joint, bone & muscle

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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I have had it in big toes, knees ankles etc. Now have it elbow,and to me the elbow is the worst place to get it. Got my first attack at 67.
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Anonymous 14 Feb 2015
1974 Rodale records cherries as a cure for gout
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Anonymous 10 Feb 2015
Dear Leah,
Thank you for your message.
Blackmores Celery 7000 is currently available in Singapore and Malaysia – and unfortunately can only be purchased in those countries.
You may be able to locate an online pharmacy in one of these countries who would be able to ship the product to you.
Kind regards,
Charmaine (Blackmores naturopath)
Charmaine
Charmaine 06 Jan 2015
The pain in my left foot appeared suddenly overnight.Extremely painfull first thing of a morning. Gradually lessens during the day. Paracetamol helps decrease the pain. Foot is swollen up to and including ankle. Most pain seems to be centred on the underside of the instep. Walking is painfull.
Anonymous
Anonymous 05 Jan 2015
Hi, how to order online celery 7000 and ship it to Kingdom of Bahrain, thanks in advance.
Anonymous
Anonymous 24 Dec 2014
Hi Lauren, asparagus are moderately high in purines so this may have contributed to a higher reading. I would suggest avoiding eating asparagus or eating sparingly. I would recommend also following the lifestyle and dietary suggestions as above. Also look at the natural therapies suggested such as including ingredients celery and also glucosamine which may be helpful in reducing joint inflammation.
If you would like further individualised advice feel free to call our Advisory Service on 1800 803 760 to speak with one of our naturopaths Kind regards Kath (Advisory Naturopath)

Kath Goossens | Advisory Naturopath
Kathleen
Kathleen 09 Dec 2014
Hi Christine, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that the above tips under the heading “Diet and Lifestyle Suggestions” are useful to you regarding food, drink, exercise etc. It is really important to drink plenty of water, reduce your wine intake and include plenty of fresh vegetables and leafy greens in your diet. Go well Christine, and I hope you are getting all the support you need. All the best, Leanne (a Blackmores naturopath)
Leanne
Leanne 08 Dec 2014
Hi Kevin, thanks for your post – glad we could help. All the best, Leanne (a Blackmores naturopath)
Leanne
Leanne 08 Dec 2014