FAQ - Gout
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What is the difference between arthritis and gout?

I think the symptoms are the same, but a friend was recently diagnosed with gout, so I was just wondering.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that occurs when the tissue is being overtaken by the immune system and then swelling is noticed in the joints of the wrists and fingers. Researchers who are studying arthritis have found that this type generally occurs in women from the age of 25 to 55. It's important to know that getting treatment when symptoms are first detected will prevent more damage to the joints. Diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is done by blood tests to analyze the rheumatoid factor in your blood and with x-rays. Treatment will vary from one person to the next, depending on what stage the disease is at.

Gout is caused by monosodium urate crystals building up in the joints and tissues. This form of arthritis is more prevalent in men as they approach their mid 40's, but women can get it too. Gout presents itself as painful swollen joints that become purple and hot. Some people may experience chills and a fever. To properly diagnose gout, your doctor will need to get a sample of the synovial fluid from the swollen joint. The fluid sample is then examined under a microscope to look for the presence of needle shaped urate crystals. A low dose aspirin, certain diuretics, and diet changes can help reduce the risks of gout.  (+ info)

Can repeated Gout attacks cause permanent inflamation and tendonitis?

I have a history of repeated gout attacks on a period of 11 months, both my knees and ankle still aches and still a bit swollen. Im begining to suspect that this might be permanent.

well Gout attacks are caused by deposits of crystallized uric acid in the joint. Its better to consult a podiatrist ( Foot specialist doctor ) for examination. Also you can find more information over here http://www.medfoot.com/art_gout.html  (+ info)

What over the counter drug is good for gout?

my boyfriend has gout (which is a type of arthritis that usually only men get) he doesn't have health insurance to get the medication he needs and it is too expensive to buy ourselves. Now we are trying to find something that isn't so expensive. Can someone please tell me what can help?

My dad has had gout for years and eating cherries or drinkg cherry juice helps.. With gout it is important that as the others said he stays away from meat, beer, beans and do not take aspirin it increases the amount of uric acid in the body. NSAID's are the preferred treatment for gout.   (+ info)

How can you treat gout at home untill you can see a doctor?

Well my dad thinks he has gout, and he doesnt have health insurence and the moment so I was wondering if anyone could help out. All i need to know is how i can treat it at home for know...

There are several over the counter medicines that work very well for gouty arthritis. which is caused by a deposition of urate crystals in the joints. Its very painful. The classic joint involved is the big toe and it appears swollen and red.
As a physician I often recommend ALLEVE 200 mg tabs take 2 tabs every 12 hours. Avoid alcohol drink plenty of water.  (+ info)

What are foods ok to eat for someone who has gout ?

I have gout in my left big toe. Man it hurts like hell. Any suggestions on foods ok to eat or that would help.

.Low fat milk products, Cherry's/blueberry's,vegetables, things high in vitamin c. Too much red meat, pork, seafood, liver,beer, soda,or any high purine diet will trigger or complicate gout. Drink plenty of water.  (+ info)

How can one prevent a gout incident in right foot from reoccurring?

How can one prevent gout arthritis flare up?

watch you diet and drinking habits its caused my uric acid and mine will never be normal again but i hold it via diet and exercise it hurts less the more i move  (+ info)

How do you treat with gout in feet?

My dad has gout in his feet periodically when he works in produce delivery (as a truck driver). He hasn't had it in months but it just flared up again. Any way to subdue & cure the beastly pain?

He needs to cut rich foods down or out of his diet-gravies, mushrooms, salt, coffee, soda, beer, meat,
Best things for gout:
Cherry Juice or 1/2 pound of fresh or canned unsweetened cherries. Natural cherry juice works the best, you can purchase this from your local health food store. Make sure it is the natural, unsweetened brand and if it is the concentrate variety follow the directions with proper amounts of water to dilute the juice.
The darker the better. Any dark red, blue berries will prevent and reduce inflammation of the joints and will aid with circulation which is necessary to help the uric acid crystals that builds up in the synovial joints. If cherry juice is not your flavor, try Blueberry juice - it will work the same way. Hawhtorne berry is very bitter but will increase circulation as well as aid in inflammation.

You may also want to consider a daily supplement of 400-800 iu of Vitamin E and 125-250mg of Quercetin with Bromelain, 3 (three) times a day between meals to ease the pain and help with further gout flare ups.  (+ info)

Whats the best home remedies for the gout?

Are there natural home remedies for gout that I can use?

Gout can be treated at home with some simple household remedies. Most of these remedies are very effective in treating all types of gout. The following are some of the most effective remedies:-

One of the useful home remedies for gout is cherries which are very good in treating people with gout. Cherries are rich in vitamin C, which can help in eliminating the gouty deposits. A person with gout must consume about ten to fifteen cherries in a day to get relief from recurrent attacks of gout. Cherry juice is also very beneficial. Drinking a whole glass of cherry juice at least once a day proves to be very beneficial.

Diet for Gout - Apples are also very good for the treatment of gout. A person with gout complaints must eat at least one apple per day for obtaining relief.

Safflower has properties in treatment of gout. Take safflower in capsule form to fasten your healing process. This is one of the useful gout home remedies.

If you have gout in your toes, then the following remedy can be used to seek relief. Take one-third cup of ground ginger in a bath tub and soak your affected foot in it for 30 minutes. This will cause you to sweat and uric acid will be eliminated. After this, make sure that you bathe thoroughly or ginger may cause skin irritation after the body dries. This is one of the effective home remedy for gout.

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glassful of water. Drink this juice thrice a day in morning, noon and night at regular intervals. Lemon is also a very rich source of vitamin C, which helps in dissolving the gouty deposits. This is one of the efficient natural remedy for gout.

Drink 6-8 ounces glasses of fluid a day. This will not only reduce gout attacks a day but also wash out the urate crystals from the system and prevent you from developing kidney stones.

Extract half a cup of juice of French beans. Drink this juice for a month everyday once or twice. You will find immense relief in the pains of gout and the inflammation will be reduced. This is one of the useful home remedies for gout.

Take mustard and grind it to powder. Then take one part of the mustard powder and mix it with one part of whole wheat powder. Add a little amount of water to it, just to make a pasty consistency. Apply this paste on achy regions and leave overnight.

Take two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar with two teaspoons of honey (twice a day). Within a few hours the pain will be minimized.

Gout remedy - There are some exercises you can do in order to seek relief from the pains of gouts. However, the exercises must be done regularly, and must focus on the affected joints. Stretching joints and muscles help you to maintain a range of motion. Exercise by putting each joint through full motion. Perform such exercises 2-3 times a day for at least fifteen minutes each time.

Bananas serve a good remedy for curing gout. Consume 3-4 bananas a day. Bananas are rich in minerals like phosphorus which can chemically react with the uric acid deposits and eliminate them from the system.

Increase the intake of citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, green pepper and leafy green vegetables which have high content of vitamin C. They reduce inflammation produced in gouts. The amalaki (Indian Gooseberry) is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. Make it a point to eat about three to four fresh fruits of this herb on a daily basis. This is one of the best diet for gout.

Home remedy for gout - Simple water can also help to a great extent in curing gout. Drink excess of water that is eight to ten glasses per day as they will cause the toxic uric acid to flow away and this will reduce its level.

Soak the feet in Epsom salt if the pain is concentrated in big toe. Add two cups of Epsom salt in warm water; soak the feet in it and keep it till the water starts losing its heat.

Soak a piece of white flannel cloth in warm castor oil and place it over the affected areas. Wrap it with plastic and apply heating pads. This is one of the important home remedies for gout.

Black cherry really works wonders with gout pains. Drink concentrated juice of black cherry at regular intervals throughout the day. This will relieve you from the pain.

Alfalfa is a good source of minerals that helps to reduce the content of serum uric acid. This prevents the deposition and future conditions of gout. This is an effective gout cure.

Increase the amount of strawberries in your diet. Strawberries are rich sources of vitamin C. However, the strawberries must be fresh, and several of them must be eaten per day. This is one of the useful gout remedy.

If you want a quick remedy for your gout pains, then a very convenient way is to apply ice on the affected regions. This will reduce the pains immediately, but this remedy is only temporary. You will need some other remedy to remove the deposits from the internal system.

Boil one tea-spoon of pepper in one cup of vinegar and one cup of water, dab this mixtu  (+ info)

What causes Gout and what can you do for it?

My mother has gout in her foot, mostly her toes. What are the foods if any that they say to avoid? She says beef and high acid foods. What can help?

Gout is caused by uric acid turning into crystals kind of like needles and stabbing into an area generally somewhere on the foot, but it once hit me in the hand.

I suffer from it and I do mean suffer.

I had an attack just 2 days ago on both sides of my ankle and it felt like someone took a hammer to both ankles and whacked away..it is excruciating and I read it gets worst with time. I had another attack about six weeks ago.

Both of these came since I became a vegan (no animal food including eggs and dairy)

In fact, one when I was on a juice fast consuming nothing but produce, so I am not so sure about that diet thing they tell you..

It is the only thing I find is so pressing and painful that I must take a medical drug

I do not take the daily one as someone took me it reaked havoc with them and I am afraid to take daily drugs, but when I get an attack I do take Colchicin..usually 3 of them and it goes away.

Sometimes I take an anti- inflammatory drug. I am afraid to take this NSAIDs drug as my mother died and suffered on kidney dialysis which increases one's risk of heart attacks greatly. She had no prior heart problems and then 9 heart attacks in a year.

Her doctor told her her kidneys were destroyed from taking motrin an antiinflamatory for arthritis. I am scared to take it as just diagnosed with diabetes which can destroy the kidneys too but the pain is so intense, I have to.

Some say sour cherry juice and even all kinds of cherries/cherry juices help. My chiropractor said this helped one of his patients but it did not help me but then I did not do it consistently. One could take turmeric organic tincture as an herbal anti-inflammatory,

However, I recently found out that there is hope of helping my diabetes, gout and other things.

I am working towards this as it is hard to change one's lifestyle having became a vegan giving up all junk and fast foods and daily exercising etc and including juicing and a lot of produce and raw foods but am not there yet. I do see my blood sugar numbers dropping and my weight on the changes I have made so far.

here is where your mom should go and read all the testimonies under gout


the book is called the hallelujah diet..

one could also substitute I think gabriel's cousens diet in his lean green crusine book as it also had successes on disease and is similar., yet somewhat different.

Ask her to take the challenge and try it for 6 weeks and see what happens.  (+ info)

How does the herb nettle help in preventing gout?

I read online that people take this herb or helping with gout, but I'm just curious in how it works.

Hmm, interesting, I'm off to google it now...

Ah, at the website below, they mention nettle, and celery seed, along with serveral other herbal suggestions. But the below website describes a bit about each of these, including nettle.

Allopurinol costs me 65 cents for 30 tablets, that's one month's supply. I've researched it, and I can't find anything that says it's bad for you. But I tell you what, some of these natural things look pretty good.

I also take Gout Care pills from goutcure.com. It doesn't cure gout, but I think taking these things helps.  (+ info)

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