Gout is possibly the worst joint inflammation of them all

Gout is possibly the worst joint inflammation of them all

Not all joint inflammations are created equal and gout is supposedly the worst of them all, reading the article that just appeared in the English paper The Independent, I pray the lord I’ll be spared from this pain. but than again it might be much smarter to adapt my lifestyle so as to increase my chances:

 Gout: What is it, what are the symptoms and how is it treated?
Gout diagnoses have doubled since 1990. It affects 1 in 40 adults in the UK, mainly men aged between 30 and 60

My medical school lecture on the subject of gout began with a picture of King Henry VIII – the archetypal king of excess. It’s therefore understandable that patients are surprised when diagnosed with a condition that could just as easily be associated with the modern diet. While gout has somehow retained its reputation as the “Disease of Kings”, the reality is that it doesn’t discriminate.

Gout is a disease caused by inflammation within a joint. A chemical in the blood called uric acid works to break down a substance called purine. If there is too much uric acid in the body, it crystallises to form deposits in the joints, tendons and tissues. These deposits cause the inflammation that we refer to as gout.

Excruciatingly painful

Gout diagnoses have doubled since 1990. It affects 1 in 40 adults in the UK, mainly men aged between 30 and 60. The big toe is the joint most commonly affected. Symptoms typically include a red, hot, swollen joint that is excruciatingly painful, often with a rapid onset. It can be difficult to determine if a patient is suffering from gout or an infection in the joint, as both appear quite similar. For that reason, patients should see their GP if symptoms develop..

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