Your big toe hurts like heck and is red, swollen, and hot to the touch.
No matter what you do for the pain, the pain will not subside and the toe throbs on.
Your mind drifts through your mental files of injuries and symptoms and you come up with a foggy thought,could this be gout? You wonder what is gout and what are the causes, and long will it last.
After a quick trip to the doctor and after some blood tests you find out that you have gout.
Gout you think to your self, what the heck is that, or what caused it, or the big question how do we get rid of it and how long will I be in pain.
The classic symptom of gout is pain in the joint at the base of the big toe.
Matter of fact you can get gout in just about any joint.
The hands,elbows, shoulder and any other joints can be effected.
Sometimes you can get a fever and chills because the joint is so swollen and inflamed.
Gout can come on very suddenly and can produce severe pain.
The pain can last for 3 to 5 days if the gout is not treated.
If your gout is not treated when you get it and you let it run its course it will go away on its own only to reappear later lasting longer than the first time it appeared.
It can last for longer periods than 5 days and be just as painful.
Many people describe gnawing pain accompanied by a feeling of pressure and tightening in the affected joint.
The pain can feel like a dislocation and the sensation is that of cold water being poured over the swollen area.
The primary cause of gout is high levels of uric acid in the blood, either from the body producing to much or from the body not getting rid of it properly.
Uric acid is a waste product produced by cell activity.
When uric acid in the blood increases, sodium urate crystals can form.
When the crystals form in a joint and cause the beginning of arthritis , that is when you start to see the classic symptoms of gout.
When you have high blood pressure and obesity or a disease involving the breakdown of tissues,including cancer, lymphoma, psoriasis , and anemia can cause high levels of uric acid to increase in the blood resulting in an attack of gout.
Gout strikes men more than women mainly because women are more efficient in the way they excrete uric acid in the kidneys.
Gout is a disease of mostly middle class men who are fat and who drink to much.
Severe dehydration can also bring on an attack of gout.
Gout is not dangerous in its self, but the underlying causes are.
Continue reading and learn 6 easy ways to help you with the pain.
Do not put weight on your feet Stay off your feet as much as possible.
Any pressure on the joint will cause more pain and maybe damage the joint further.
Gout is a serious condition because it can go on to cause a lot of major joint damage and destruction.
Keep The joint elevated This will reduce some of the pain and keep the blood from rushing to the swollen area and causing additional inflammation of the joint.
Immobilize the joint You can do this by lying still or by actually building a splint for the joint.
The less you move the joint, the better it will feel.
Take ibuprofen This will help reduce the swelling and decrease some of the pain in your swollen joint.
Ibuprofen and aspirin are anti-inflammatories, but taking aspirin can exacerbate the problem so be sure to use ibuprofen.
Avoid icing or heating the area Heat may feel good but it will increase circulation to the area and bring in the Calvary.
The white blood cells will cause more irritation as the white blood cells try to remove the infection.
Icing the joint can be a big problem by causing more crystal to form.
Wear comfortable shoes Do not wear narrow pointed shoes, any shoe that forces the big toe inward should be avoided.
So gout is caused by high levels of uric acid and can last for period of up to 5 days.
You can have reoccurring bouts of gout with some bouts lasting even longer periods of time if the symptoms are ignored by not getting medical attention.
We know that gout is extremely painful and men who are fat and drink to much are prime candidate for getting gout.
You now know what is gout and what are the causes.
You also know six things to do to lessen the pain of your gout,and how to reduce some of the swelling of the joint.
You know you will have to take some kind of medication, maybe for the rest of your life.
You also know that prolong taking of medication is not good for the body, and the cost of the medication is not good for your wallet.
So eventually you are going to start looking for some way to deal with this condition naturally.
And you will want to know if there is a good natural program that works that you can use.