Symptoms of Gout
As a matter of fact, no one can exactly tell you how long is your current gout attack duration. Doctors usually tell you that it will last of a few days or even weeks. We are not robots, each and every gout patient has different pattern of gouty behavior. Instead of focus on know how long your current painful gouty inflammation will last, you should focus more on how to shorten the gout attack duration and minimize or prevent future attacks.
Gout attack is actually a natural self defense mechanism of the body in the effort to get rid of the foreign substance that trigger the onset of the gouty inflammation, in the case of gout, it is the urate crystal that forms within the affected joint (usually big toe). The situation is like there is a break-in to the National Bank and the thieves had triggered the alarm. The S.W.A.T team and the police force has already arrived at the scene, the situation is very intense (pain).
Actually, no matter how hard your body immune system (white blood cells) try, the are not able to remove the solid urate crystal out from the affected joint because the crystal is not bio-organic compound that can be broken down by the white blood cells. It’s an inorganic compound that only be dissolved back into fluid form for removal. Thus, in order to remove the urate crystal, you have to improve the blood flow around the affected joint by using heat treatment such as soaking the feet into warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Better blood circulation can bring more fresh new blood to the affected side to help melt and flush away the urate crystal.
As long as the urate crystal still there, the white blood cells or other immune mechanisms will still remain and give you the swollen painful joint. The faster you melt away the urate crystal, the shorter your gout attack duration is.
Gout is often known as a man’s disease because more than 90% of the gout patients are male. Men usually gets gout at the age around 30s (the age group is getting younger nowadays), especially for those who often eat fast food or some high protein diet.
Gout is a problem that starts with the accumulation of uric acid in the blood. When there are too much uric acid in the blood, the body have to find ways to get rid of it. Naturally, the kidneys can handle the job effectively, but as more and more junk foods and chemical drugs a person take during his life, the kidneys have to work harder and harder to filter out those toxins. Over time, the kidneys will be weaken until a stage where it cannot perform the filtering job effectively and that leads too the build up of uric acid in your body.
In order to maintain the blood pH, your body have to find ways to ‘hide’ away those excess uric acid. A popular dumping site is… the synovial fluid in your joints! When the concentration of uric acid reaches the saturation point, crystallization happens and tiny sharp urate crystal form in ti and it will be treated as foreign invaders, your immune system will launch the attack that resulted in the pain and inflammation you get.
The reason why women don’t get gout as much as men do is because… Women have menstrual period. Every month, huge amount of blood is discharged together with those acidic pollutants. That explains why women only get gout after menopause. Read more to find out about symptoms of gout.