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Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by a buildup in the body of uric acid, which is found in meats and other foods, and is also produced in the body. When this production is out of balance or there is inadequate elimination of uric acid, gout occurs. As uric acid rises to unhealthy levels in the body, it crystallizes in the joint cartilage, synovial tissue and fluid. These sharp, needle-like clusters create piercing pain in the joints. Other symptoms include fever, chills, and loss of mobility. Loss of mobility can then lead to weight gain, lethargy, stiffness, and lack of energy and motivation, further complicating the original situation.
Some of the health problems caused by gout include constipation, indigestion, headaches, depression, eczema, and hives, and those who suffer from gout also run a much higher risk of heart and kidney problems.
In 50% of gout cases, the first attack is characterized by intense pain in the first joint of the big toe. If the attack progresses, fever and chills will appear. Initial gout attacks usually strike at night and are preceded by a specific event such as excessive alcohol ingestion, trauma, certain drugs, or surgery.
Subsequent attacks are common, with most patients experiencing another attack within one year. However, nearly 7% of gout sufferers never have a second attack. The condition affects approximately three out of every 1,000 adults and is primarily a disease of adult men, 95% of gout sufferers being males over the age of 30.
Symptoms of Gout
Excess uric acid lodges in cartilage and joint fluids to cause sharp, stabbing pains in the joints, as well as impaired mobility and, in some cases, chills and fever. Bloating, constipation and indigestion are common symptoms caused by gout, as is depression, eczema, headache, and sometimes rashes or hives. In approximately half of all cases of gout, symptoms first manifest as intense pain in the big toe and usually strike, or are worse, at night. Inflammation, lack of motivation, lack of exercise and resulting weight gain, often accompany gout.
There are natural cures for Gout that do not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. Instead, these natural remedies focus on restoring the biochemical balance of the body, and making dietary and lifestyle changes designed to improve one's general health.