Gout attack can happen to anyone, most especially in male from puberty until the age of 75. Women become prone to gout attacks only after menopause. Gout is known to be the most painful form of arthritis and gout symptoms almost always occurs suddenly and without warning.
Common Symptoms Of Gout
- Unbearable joint pain – Gout usually affects the joint on the big toe, this gout symptom is called podagra (means foot pain). Other joints that may be affected include the one in your fingers, wrists, elbows, ankles, and knees.
- Rapid Increase of Pain – Usually starts during the night and lasts for up to 10 days if left untreated.
- Inflammation and Tenderness – The affected joint could double or even triple in size overnight and become so tender that even pressure from a sheet is unbearable.
- Fever and red or purplish skin around the joint.
Gout symptoms almost always occur overnight. You’ll just wake up one morning with a big lump on your toes and under extreme pain. Gout is a very serious problem that has been plaguing millions of people since 2,640 BC when the Egyptians first identified this serious typy of arthritis disease.
Classifying Gout Symptoms
- Increased Level of Uric Acid in the Blood – Usually caused by over indulging in high purine foods or the inability of the body to process uric acid (usually hereditary in nature).
- Medical Conditions – Certain diseases and conditions makes people more prone to gout attacks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, leukemias, hemoglobin disorders and lymphomas.
- Certain Medications – Such as low dose aspirin, cyclosporine, pyrazinamide, ethambutol, niacin and other can cause high levels of uric acid in the blood and lead to a gout attack.
- Surgery – As patients undergo an abnormal fluid intake before and after the surgery.
By the time gout symptoms develop it is usually too late to prevent the attack, it is advisable to visit your doctor immediately for treatment and take pre-cautionary measures to prevent repeated gout attacks.