Gout (hyperuricemia or elevated uric acid) is a systemic disorder that affects the joints, most often the big toe joint.
Gout is the end result of a build-up of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes and settles in the joints in the body, most often in the big-toe joint, causing swelling and excruciating pain.
The onset of an attack of gout can be sudden and vicious. It is not uncommon for the victim to be awakened by this excruciating pain in the middle of the night. (Gout is often confused with Osteoarthritis, a condition that is characterized by a much slower onset of pain, and seems worse after a person has been walking or running.)
Gout is generally thought to be a hereditary disease, but there are many causes: increased purine intake, sudden weight loss due to dieting, and/or diuretics can cause elevated uric acid and mimic the symptoms of gout.
In rare cases, leukemia's and/or blood dyscrasias can cause elevated uric acid.
Gout can be a serious disease and needs medical intervention, generally by an Internist.
If gout is not treated properly, it will eventually cause permanent changes in the big-toe joint. It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect the existence of gout. It is encouraging to note that drugs can be prescribed that will control the uric-acid level in the blood. You need not suffer from gout in this day and age.
Neuro-Eze can help improve the blood flow to joints and restore the integrity of blood vessels obliterated by spasm of internal damage. Boswella Cream relieves pain by improving blood supply which increases mobility of affected joints, and Boswella capsules help reduce chronic inflammation.
Common foods that cause gout, such as alcohol, red meat, lobster, shell fish, etc., should be eliminated from the diet. Cranberry juice has been used as a uricosuric (a substance which helps to eliminate uric acid through the urine).