Gout is an extremely painful condition that affects the joints and tissues, most commonly the big toe. It is a result of crystallized uric acid building up in the joints, causing pain and inflammation. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, alcoholism, high levels of stress, or those who have undergone chemotherapy are at a greater risk of developing gout. A diet rich in red meat or shellfish may also produce high levels of uric acid that can contribute to the onset of gout. Symptoms include:
- Pain in the joints
- Joint warmth
See your GP and follow the treatment regimen set forth by your doctor. When properly following this regimen, there should be fewer or no additional attacks of gout. Medications or injections can also be used to treat joint pain and reduce the inflammation. It is imperative to change your diet if it is high in red meat, shellfish, red wine, or beer as these types of foods and drinks produce excess uric acid. If Gout is not addressed, it can cause degenerative joint changes.