Millions of individuals suffer from gout, a preventable arthritic condition. For the most part many people were unaware that they could prevent such a condition until they were diagnosed. If someone you know is at risk of being diagnosed with gout, you should be aware of the symptoms of gout.
Symptoms of gout:
- Increased pain when moving limbs/joints.
- Early on only one joint or sometimes two will be affected by the gout.
- Elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream.
- Redness skin that is sometimes even shiny. Pain is immediate when the area is touched. Purplish tint to the area with gout is also common.
- Within the fluids of the joint there is a presence of uric acid crystals.
- The area around the joint experiences some tenderness.
- The crystal like deposits are noticeable around other joints.
- Typical areas that are affected by gout are the big toe, ankles, feet, elbows and wrists.
Signs you are having a gout attack:
- Experiencing chills and or a fever is very common before a gout attack.
- Normal attacks can last up to a few days. However they can also only last for a few hours when the attack is less severe.
- It takes several years for the crystals to build up enough for a person to begin experiencing pain. The uric acid in the body will continue to form crystal like deposits around joints and in the tissues.
- Do not be alarmed if after an episode with gout the area affected begins to become discolored. The skin might also begin peeling and be itchy.
- A warming sensation to a burning feeling, swelling, tenderness and pain are symptoms that have a name. Podagra is usually experienced in the ball of the big toe first.
- Fairly quickly the person will experience an increase in pain, generally at night or when the person is not active. This discomfort will lead to severe pain that can last up to seven days, it will slowly become more tolerable over this time.
Variations in the symptoms of gout:
- Sometimes symptoms can become more noticeable and apparent after surgery or an illness.
- In some cases gout remains dormant in a sense. When the individual reaches an older age he or she develops a case of chronic gout. It is believed that this form is much less painful.
The symptoms that have been listed throughout this article reflect the most common of symptoms. If you think you might be experiencing attacks of gout you should consult your medical care professional. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms of gout, therefore it is important that you receive a diagnosis and begin treatment to avoid future attacks.