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Posted on: August 26, 2013

Gout

Gout is an arthritis-related condition that causes sporadic episodes of severe pain and inflammation, usually in a single joint and most often the large joint of the big toe. Pain and swelling are thought to be from uric acid crystals that become lodged in the joint. Normally uric acid is passed through the kidneys and leaves the body in the urine.

Almost all cases of gout are accompanied by hyperuricemia, which is increased or higher than normal uric acid content in the blood. Generally this can be for one or both of the following reasons: either the kidneys cannot get rid of the uric acid fast enough or the body is making too much uric acid. Some diuretic medications can cause hyperuricemia. They hamper the kidneys’ ability to remove uric acid. Also, inherited traits and lifestyle choices can play an important role in developing gout.

Discuss your concerns with your physician. He or she will evaluate your symptoms, test for the cause and treat appropriately.

Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
Information Line
200 S Main St
Greensburg, PA 15601
Contact: Mark Hanna
(724) 830-4444
1-800-442-8000

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