Gout Joint Damage
Gout is something you don’t forget once you get it. This is a buildup of uric acid in the body that attacks the joints. It can be extremely painful for anyone because it creates a throbbing type of pain. In addition to this, it can also cause joint damage to the body.
How does gout attack the joints?
Uric acid is created from the breakdown of different types of food high in purines. It actually has no use inside of the human body. Eating too much of certain types of foods or even taking certain medications can easily cause gout attacks to occur. Generally the uric acid will be pushed out of the body through the urine, which is very important for the blood. When the acid is pushed out of the body, the blood acid levels will lower. Unfortunately, this isn’t what always happens. Some people have a metabolic problem that doesn’t allow the blood acid levels to lower.
Alternatively, a quick drop in uric acid can also cause gout attacks to occur. This is most common in people who have high levels of gout for a while, and then those levels suddenly drop. High levels of gout generally don’t cause any problems for people until their body has been dealing with it for a while. Sometimes individuals can have 20-30 years of high uric acid levels before their pain really begins.
The uric acid will generally make a home in the joint lining. It will turn into urate crystals, which hurt the joints and cause you to feel pain. White blood cells are around to help aid with processing the crystals, but generally they are much too large. When the white blood cells become damaged from trying to get rid of the urate crystals
, they release a chemical inside your body. This chemical causes pain, swelling and inflammation in your joints where the crystals have formed.
What happens once the gout attack happens?
The first thing you’re going to feel is gout pain. Even the light touch of a piece of paper can be excruciating. Generally this happens at night, but it can happen any time during the day as well. The joint is going to be red, hot, painful and swollen once the attack occurs. The most common joint this is experienced in is the big toe,
but it can also show up in the forefoot, instep, heel, ankle, and knee. Gout can happen in almost any joint. The acid most commonly manifests itself to cause acute arthritis. Many people deal with this on a daily basis and have to take medication in order to treat it.
The attack can easily cause a fever, nausea, muscle aches and more. Although the pain will most likely go away after several hours, it will probably return in the near future. Not seeking treatment can result in long term health problems. The most common problem that occurs is arthritis, which also comes with permanent gout joint damage. A lot of people have swollen joints each day when they have arthritis, which causes pain from even simple things like walking and writing. Getting treatment should be the first thing you do.