Gout is an arthritis that can cause a sudden pain, and often come with classic symptoms of joint disease such as stiffness and swelling, too. The chance of how it goes away entirely or returns for the second time may vary from sufferer to sufferer. The prognosis can be associated with several factors from your overall health to the kind of treatment you take. The following are some frequently asked questions (FAQs)!
Gout starts when the levels of uric acid in the blood increase out of control. The increased level of this acid raises the likelihood of developing deposits of crystals (urate crystals) in the joint and urinary tract.
These crystals can be needle-like crystals, causing inflammation in the joint over time. Typically, these crystal deposits are accumulated in the joint of big toe (the most common joint where gout occurs). Other common sites are in the knee, ankles, and elbows.
In the early onset of the attack, it’s not easy to distinguish between gout and localized infection. But if compared to other forms of arthritis, the pain from gout can be more painful and mostly it occurs suddenly.
The first flare is more likely to go away on its own, even in some cases it may improve spontaneously without any medical intervention. This issue is not fully understood yet.
The first attack of gouty arthritis is relatively faster to relieve. In general, it usually reaches its peak level in the next 24-48 hours, and then it will gradually decreases & improves a few days afterward. It can improve faster with treatment.
The onset of symptoms often strikes suddenly and then followed by complete resolution (sometime spontaneously resolution), this is a unique characteristic of gouty arthritis that marks off it from other sorts of arthritis. A physician with adequate experience is able to diagnose gout just by examining the symptoms, though additional tests may be required.
While the first flare of gout can improve within a few days, the next flares can last longer and tend to require more medical interventions.
After the first attack improves, many sufferers don’t experience another attack of gouty arthritis for years, even without treatment. About 10 percent of sufferers never have another attack. The good news, gout is extremely more treatable than other types of arthritis.
* For in depth information of how this joint disorder progresses from the first attack to the advanced stage, see this section!
Yap, dietary foods can affect the way of how you control the amount of uric acid that dissolves in the blood. If you diet is high in purines, this means that you provide adequate fuel for uric acid to increase higher than normal.
To make uric acid, your body breaks down purines – though some uric acid can be found naturally in the body. High uric acid can make gout worse or trigger the next flares.
That’s why diet for gout is commonly focused on restricting foods containing purines. But this is not single major concern!
Since gouty arthritis is an inflammatory condition, the body is commonly considered more sensitive to respond inflammation. In other words, it’s also important to avoid excess inflammation in the body.
For this reason, you need also to restrict your diet from pro-inflammatory foods (those that can promote excess inflammation). Overall, your choice should a well-balanced diet, too.
Pay attention to your daily calories intake! Remember that even fruits, veggies, or other healthy foods contain some calories. Even though they are considered healthy, but if eat them too much, this can increase your risk of gaining weight.
And obesity is bad for the outcome for gout! Even it can be a risk factor of gouty arthritis and other types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis.