Uric acid formed when our body breaks down purines which are found in some foods but if anyone has high levels of uric acid, it can be a sign of disease such as gout. In high uric acid homeopathic remedies provide an excellent cure.
What is Gout?
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by recurrent attacks of a red, tender, hot, and swollen joint. Pain typically comes on rapidly, reaching maximal intensity in less than 12 hours. The joint at the base of the big toe is affected in about half of cases. It may also result in tophi, kidney stones, or kidney damage.
Gout is due to persistently elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. This occurs from a combination of diet, other health problems, and genetic factors. At high levels, uric acid crystallizes and the crystals deposit in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues, resulting in an attack of gout. Gout occurs more commonly in those who regularly eat meat or seafood, drink beer, or are overweight. Diagnosis of gout may be confirmed by the presence of crystals in the joint fluid or in a deposit outside the joint. Blood uric acid levels may be normal during an attack.
Gout usually becomes symptomatic suddenly without warning, often in the middle of the night.
The main symptoms are intense joint pain that subsides to discomfort, inflammation, and redness.
Gout frequently affects the large joint of the big toe, but can also affect the forefoot, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, and fingers.
The pain can be excruciating.
What causes gout?
Gout happens when urate, a substance in your body, builds up and forms needle-shaped crystals in your joints. This leads to:
- Changes in how you move and use the affected joint.
The following factors can make it more likely for you to develop gout:
- High urate levels; however, not everyone who has high levels develops gout.
- A family history of gout.
- Being older.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Eating foods that are rich in purines (usually from animal sources), a substance that breaks down into urate.
- Drinking beverages that have high-fructose corn syrup, such as soda.
- Some health conditions, such as overweight or obesity, high blood pressure, and chronic kidney disease.
- Some medications.
Tests to help diagnose gout may include:
- Joint fluid test. Your doctor may use a needle to draw fluid from your affected joint. Urate crystals may be visible when the fluid is examined under a microscope.
- Blood test. Your doctor may recommend a blood test to measure the levels of uric acid and creatinine in your blood. Blood test results can be misleading, though. Some people have high uric acid levels, but never experience gout. And some people have signs and symptoms of gout, but don’t have unusual levels of uric acid in their blood.
- X-ray imaging. Joint X-rays can be helpful to rule out other causes of joint inflammation.
- Ultrasound. Musculoskeletal ultrasound can detect urate crystals in a joint or in a tophus. This technique is more widely used in Europe than in the United States.
- Dual energy CT scan. This type of imaging can detect the presence of urate crystals in a joint, even when it is not acutely inflamed. This test is not used routinely in clinical practice due to the expense and is not widely available.
Best remedies for treatment of gout in Homeopathy
Inflammation of the great toe, gout in the heel, cannot bear to have touched or moved. Oedematous swelling and coldness of legs and feet. Joint stiff and feverish. Shifting rheumatism. Worse from warm weather, evening, night.
This remedy helps in elimination of uric acid from the body. Uric acid diathesis and gout. The joints are associated with hive like eruptions. Pain in acute gout deltoid, ankles and wrists.
Benzoic acid :
It produces and cures the sy. Of uric acid diathesis. The sy are associated with high colored urine and offensive.Rheumatic gout nodes very painful. Pain in great toe, cracking sounds. Worse in open air and uncovering of affected parts.
Gouty pains shoot all through the foot and limb and in joints, but esp. small joints. Ball of great toe swollen, hot, pale. Ascending rheumatism. Amel. Cold water. Cold
Pain in fingers and heel. Associated with gastric complaints. Thick white coating of tongue. Worse heat and cold bathing.
Gout worse in heated room. Red shiny swelling, gouty nodosities. Esp. in females with uterine trouble.
Chronic gouty patients with uric acid diathesis. Indicated in bronchitis and nodosities of the fingers and back of the hands. Coldness from least draft of air.
Sore bruised feeling, hurts to walk. The person is afraid to be touched or approached because of pain.
Old gouty constitution. Sudden twinges of pain. Stitching pain in gouty joints. Worse from motion. Stitching between metatarsal bones as from nail when standing. Pain in balls of feet on stepping. Pains change in regard to place and character. Thirst alternates with thirstlessness, hunger with loss of appetite. etc.
Chronic gout with chalky deposits in joints. Pain in the heel on treading as from a pebble. Painful callosities on soles, toes and fingers contracted. Rt. Foot hot and lt. cold. Urine is slow to produce a heavy red sediment. Backache relieved by passing urine. Worse 4pm and 8pm.
Gouty swelling of big toe joint, that flares up before a storm. Other joints may ache or swell esp. on rt. Sides of body. Pain usually worse toward early morning and after staying long. Better warmth and eating.
Food to avoid during Gout
Certain foods are naturally high in purines, which your body breaks down into uric acid. Most people don’t have a problem with high-purine foods, but if your body has trouble releasing excess uric acid, you may want to avoid foods and drinks like these:
- red meats
- organ meats
- certain seafood
Sugar-sweetened beverages and foods containing the sugar fructose can also be problematic, even though they don’t contain purines.
Who gets gout?
This condition and its complications occur more often in men, women after menopause, and people with kidney disease. Gout is strongly linked to obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides) and diabetes. Because of genetic factors, gout tends to run in some families. Gout rarely affects children.