It’s the middle of the night and you are awakened by an intense pain. Of all things, your big toe is throbbing. In fact, it feels as if it’s on fire. Quickly turning on the light, you are startled to see your toe is swollen, reddened and the pain is beyond severe. If you have had this experience, or something similar, you could suffer from the affects of gout. Read this article to learn what you can do about it.
What Is Gout?
If you suffer from the affects of gout, you don’t need us to tell you how painful it is. You know firsthand how painful this disease can be.
Gout is one of the most painful known types of arthritis. Of the over 100 types of arthritis, gout is responsible for nearly 5% of all arthritis cases. Gout most often results when needle-like crystals of uric acid form in the body’s connective tissue or lodge themselves in the space between two bones (i.e., in the joints). These uric acid crystals inflame the surrounding area and lead to inflammatory arthritis. This inflammatory arthritis is responsible for heat, pain, redness, stiffness and swelling commonly associated with attacks of gout.
Are you wondering “what is responsible for these “needle-like uric acid crystals” and why do they gather in the body’s connective tissue and joints?” That’s a great question! To understand why these crystals form, we’ll need to discuss how uric acid appears in the body.
You see, uric acid is actually a byproduct of a very necessary part of your body’s normal functioning. Only when levels of uric acid rise (a condition known as hyperuricemia), can the effects of gout begin to manifest. When you eat, your body processes the many components of your food—it makes use of the nutrients it needs to keep functioning at the optimum level. During this process, the body breaks down many of the foods you eat into necessary and
Many foods contain chemical compounds known as purines. Purines actually play an important role in your body’s functioning. Purines help convert genes into protein and food into energy, help in proper muscle contraction, rid cells of extra nitrogen and protect your cells from cancer-causing agents. However, after they have served all of these beneficial purposes, purines break down into uric acid. For most people, this uric acid is dissolved in the blood, processed by the kidney and eliminated from the body through urine.
If, however, you suffer from gout, your body could have an increased production of uric acid that cannot be processed and eliminated efficiently. This condition, hyperuricemia, can lead to the build up of uric acid crystals and is directly responsible for the onset of gout. These crystals can find their way to joint spaces where they will cause painful inflammation, appear as lumps under the skin and can even disrupt the functioning of the kidney and cause the
formation of kidney stones.
What Are The Normal Treatments For Gout Pain?
Gout is traditionally treated using a number of medications. These include the following:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Taken orally, NSAIDs reduce the inflammation that is caused by the uric acid crystals in the joints. The most commonly prescribed NSAIDs are indomethacin and naproxen. Regretfully, NSAIDs have no effect on the amount of uric acid in the body.
Corticosteroids – Taken orally or injected into the affected area by your doctor, corticosteroids are antiinflammatory hormones. In most regions, prednisone is most often the corticosteroid of choice. As with NSAIDs, corticosteroids do have their drawbacks. Among the most common side effects of corticosteroids is a decreased ability of the body to battle infections and heal open wounds. In addition, corticosteroids can also lead to the thinning of bones. For this reason, injected corticosteroids are not recommended as an ongoing pain management technique for gout sufferers.
Colchicines – When neither NSAIDs or corticosteroids are able to alleviate the symptoms of an acute gout attack, colchicines can be used. A powerful drug in and of itself, colchicines tend to work best when taken within 12 hours of the initial attack. Serious side effects include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
What Are The Quickest and Safest Remedies For Gout Pain?
As a long term strategy, following a gout friendly diet is probably the most productive and healthy. It allows you to overcome the symptoms of gout as well as to prevent recurrences of the disease without any medical intervention. Outlining the full diet is beyond the scope of this article. You can read more about the gout friendly diet here.
Other quick remedies involve using herbs such as burdock root, supplements like vitamin C and folic acid as well as eating cleansing food such as grapes and cherries. Following a kidney detox program is also highly recommended since the kidneys are responsible for processing uric acid.
A note on following gout pain remedies: I’ve found a lot of poor information out there, so please be careful with what you try. The one that I can wholeheartedly recommend is called The Gout Remedy Report. In it author Joe Barton provides a sure fire 2 hour cure for the most intense of gout pain. It’s a safe and easy cure that is getting people real and powerful results.