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Pseudo Gout – Identifying the Source of Your Joint Pain

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Pseudo gout is associated with arthritis in that it is caused by deposits of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in the joint tissues. Patients that are diagnosed with pseudo gout are usually over the age of 60 and have been previously diagnosed with diseases such as hemophilia, hemochromatosis, ochronosis, amilloidosis, or hormonal disorders. The symptoms of this condition are similar to gout, yet the pain may also affect the hips and shoulder joints.

The deposits of calcium pyrophosphate crystals are called chondrocalcinosis. When the chondrocalcinosis forms in the joint tissues, the symptoms causes severe pain and swelling in the joints around the elbows, wrists, ankles, knees, fingers, and toes. Pain and swelling can also occur in the joints of the hips and shoulders.

Both men and women who take diuretics to eliminate excess fluid are frequently dehydrated putting them in high risk for developing the disease. Pseudo gout is diagnosed by performing a physical is to rule out gout or simple infection.

The symptoms of this disease range from tenderness, warmth, pain, redness, and swelling around the knees and other large joints, to lingering pain and stiffness in the joints of the arms and legs. The condition can become chronic, inevitably causing permanent damage to the affected joints. The pain is so sever that it is impossible to participate in normal daily activities.

Unfortunately, there is no treatment to eliminate the crystal deposits that cause pseudo gout. However, the treatment does alleviate the symptoms by managing the joint inflammation and preventing further joint damage.  Upon diagnosis, your physician will prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, which may induce side effects, yet proves to be very effective.

The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or indomethacin is actually available over the counter. Another type of anti-inflammatory, which is available for those who are unable to take the NSAIDs, is the colchicine. Drugs such as corticosteroids can be injected directly into the joint to quickly stop the inflammation.

In addition to taking these medications, it is important that you implement a healthy diet and drink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration, and, if possible, avoid diuretics for treatment of hypertension.

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  • 1 Ed // Feb 2, 2009 at 3:35 am

    I have been getting flair ups more severly than ever in my foot of Psuedo Gout. The cycle is always the same, 4 days of a anti inflammatory or a steroid pack knocks it out. However the more I exercise during the flair up the worse it gets. My entire foot is affected and always the same side. Are there any suggestions out there to avoid the flair ups and releive the pain when it occurs?

  • 2 barbara denvir // Sep 11, 2009 at 12:57 am

    my mom has gouty arthritis, hemochromotosis, too much ammonia in her liver. she gets bleed, gets sick and becomes anemic. are there any natural therepies that could work with all these conditions? thanks

  • 3 martin deuber // Apr 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I recently had an acute case of seudo gout in my elbow. I had bone removal surgery in this elbow in 1985 due to my occupation as a cement mason. I have been using this elbow since that time, however I have lost about 20% of my motion. over the years the elbow has gotten worse. could the preexisting injury and the osteo arthritis present in the x rays lead to a seudo gout attack?

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