GOUT

What is gout?

Gallup is a common and complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It’s characterized by a sudden, severe attacks of pain swelling and redness usually in the great toe joint. Most of my patients affected by Gallup present to the office on a Monday morning after a weekend of excess eating and drinking. Patients present to the office saying they have gout, usually it’s something else like of fracture or strain or tendinitis and not gout.

What is the main cause of gout?

Gout is caused initially by an excess of uric acid in the blood or hyper your senior. Uric acid is produced in the body during the breakdown of purines chemical compounds that are found in the high amounts of certain foods such as meat poultry and seafood.

How do you diagnose gout?

Gallup is ultimately diagnosed with a combination of clinical exam, blood work and x-ray. Uric acid tests can be ordered at the time of an acute gout attack to see the levels. X-ray can be used to see if there’s any generation of the joint, which is commonly called in Martell sign. Sometimes, we aspirate the joint to test the fluids for crystals.

What is the treatment of gout?

Treatment of gout is based on the severity of the attack. It can range from NSAID S, Colchicine or Cortisone injection into the joint which usually resolves the pain the fastest. Sometimes, patients are placed on medications to help prevent future attacks