Early Signs Of Gout You Should Watch Out For
As people age, they can start experiencing a plethora of health ailments all at one go. We can see the emergence of several complex health issues due to multiple environmental, physical and underlying factors. Your increasing age and lack of proper nutrients in the body can cause havoc to your health in several ways. One such common ailment among the population is Gout which is a complex form of arthritis. It can affect anyone and is often characterised by swelling and redness in one or more joints of the body and severe attacks of sudden pain.
Early symptoms of Gout
A common misconception is to associate Gout with old age. This ailment has a set of fleeting symptoms that can affect any person in any age group. Obesity and diet remain important risk factors for this disease. While some symptoms like pain can be very obvious, others are subtle and can often be missed by patients.
Here are five early signs of Gout that you should not ignore:
Pain in the toe of your foot
This is the classic Gout symptom that most patients experience due to the deposition of uric acid crystals near the toe in the foot. It can happen due to a disorderly diet and imbalanced metabolism. Diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension medication, diuretics and thyroid disorders can lead to a decline in the body's ability to break down uric acid in the blood. Consequently, it builds up in the form of crystals and deposits near the big toe. The result is a swollen, red, tender toe with excruciating pain.
Unexplained pain in various body joints
One step further is the development of pain at various locations of joints of the body. These may include elbows, knees, ankles or wrists. This pain can be in one or multiple joints. In most of these cases, there are high chances that one may confuse these pain symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis.
Pain intensity increases at night
Most Gout patients have complained about severe to intense pain in joints that accelerates at night time. As Gout intensifies, or if the disease is not tended to timely, then these painful flares increase in frequency and make one more debilitating.
Inflammation and redness
As uric acid crystals deposit around your body joints, they begin to collect in small mounds or lumps. There is a general observation of redness and inflammation of joints. They become extremely tender and painful to touch and sometimes may even feel warm.
General body fatigue
Another symptom to not ignore is the feeling of continuous lack of energy and fatigue in your body at all intervals during the day. Some people may even report low-grade fever and muscle aches due to inflamed joints.
When to see a doctor
The above mentioned symptoms of Gout can come early and unannounced. They may last for a few days to a few weeks. As the condition becomes chronic, these symptoms linger and limit the range of motion of your joints. So, it becomes crucial that you seek immediate medical attention if you observe any of these symptoms.
By: 1Tab Desk | on 2021-07-01