Some of the other symptoms or signs of gout can be obtained throughout the body these may include pain and swelling in the following areas: the big toe, ball of the foot, arch of the foot, ankle, knee, knuckle, wrist, hip, and elbow. Some of the more clear cut signs that gout has occurred are: gouty arthritis, tophi (hard lumps that fall under the skin and happen around the joints affected), Hyperuricemia, arthritis of one joint, arthritis attacks which are rapidly onset, skin lumps, and recurrent arthritis attacks.
When moving or touching a toe that has been affected by gout it is severely painful and by not letting it breath or by keeping it covered it can become even more painful. Gout is a disease under which the symptoms develop at a quick pace. Many times the symptoms occur in one day and generally it only occurs in one joint at a time.
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It’s fairly rare if symptoms of gout develop in two or three joints at the same time. When widespread symptoms occur like this it’s more than likely not gout. But if symptoms are left untreated and it is gout than it is most serious, as gout can permanently damage joints and even cause disability. This is why it is vital to not delay in getting gout diagnosed. If you feel you’re displaying any gout symptoms your best line of action would be to make rendezvous with your doctor as soon as possible.
The symptoms of the pseudo gout may be the same as that of the gout but their causes are very different. Gout is caused by the high rate of uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints areas but the pseudo gout is caused by the excessive accumulation of the calcium pyrophosphate or CPP crystals in the cartilage areas. The crystals deposit in the joint areas and that causes the pseudo gout attack.
Once you have got yourself along to the doctors there are four common methods for pinpointing the disease.
Medical history review and a physical examination Your doctor should look at your family history and personal medical history. A clear indication of gout can be tophi. These are lumps under the skin, as well as a red shiny area above the affected area. There are some conditions besides gout in which these symptoms occur so a thorough medical examination is needed.
Blood test A blood test is important, because it can determine the number of uric acid in the blood. However, this is not always the best way for diagnosing gout, as high uric acid in the blood doesn’t always mean you have gout. Also if a person is currently experiencing a gout attack uric acid concentrations in the blood can be found in the normal range.
Taking extract of Devil’s claw helps to clear the blood from its toxins. It also reduces the uric acid levels.
X-Rays Tophi crystals show up in x-rays as they can be considered under the skin. Many times though x-rays can miss affected joints as they can have gout but appear to look normal.
Arthrocentesis The most reliable method of diagnosing gout is by using arthrocentesis. Basically a an expression of the synovial fluid is derived from the affected joint via syringe and needle. This synovial fluid is then looked at under a microscope and if there’s a presence of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in the fluid than you have gout.
FAQ’s: Is it possible I might have gout?What has me skeptical is that I'm only 17 years old, 18 I'm a couple months. Starting just a couple of days ago, I've been having a very sharp pain in the first joint of my big toe. It happens without warning and lasts for about a minute before subsiding for another 10 minutes or so. I googled the causes of gout and none seem to match anything in my life. I don't think anybody in my family has had gout before. The article did mention that chronic illnesses can contribute to the cause of gout, could Crohn's Disease be one of them? Another thing: my toes do pop a lot, and so do my knuckles. Could the pain be related to that rather than gout at 17?
Your big toe would be very red and shinny if you had gout, but you can get a doctor to do a blood test for gout (high Uric acid level) if you don't resolve this any other way.