GOUT And Joint Pain? This nomination result many people associate gout with muscle pain, joints, and bones. Is this true?
To explore it, we will start by reviewing the metabolism of uric acid in the human body. Uric acid is a direct metabolite production of a substance called purine. Inside the cell, a compound formed purine nucleic acids that make up the energy reserve compounds. Uric acid is the breakdown of purine compounds from both our bodies as well as from food, circulate in the blood and then excreted through the gastrointestinal tract and urinary tract. Amount of uric acid excreted through the kidneys and urinary tract is much greater.
At normal levels of blood acidity, uric acid will form compounds with sodium salt (sodium). On changes in blood acidity, temperature decreases, and the presence of injury or trauma, compound uric acid will form crystals that can be found in the joint fluid, around the joints, kidneys, and soft tissues are loose. Uric acid levels in the blood may be high but not felt by the patient.
Uric acid crystals that form in the soft tissues causing a small lump that sometimes can go away. These bumps often found on the ears (most often), the surface of the forearm, the front surface of the leg, around the joints in the fingers, elbows, and around the heel. Contrary to the perception of many, the buildup of uric acid crystals in these types do not cause pain and inflammation are real. Joint stiffness sometimes occur.
Uric acid crystals can also block the blood filtration in the kidneys. Crystals can clog the channels in the kidney and form uric kidney stones. As a result of impaired kidney function and can lead to kidney failure. In people with diabetes and high blood pressure, kidney urate crystals in this accelerating damage to the kidneys and cause kidney stones and urinary tract.
Crystals of uric acid that causes pain is when the crystal is in the joint fluid. Attacks of pain due to uric acid crystals are almost always attacks a single joint. These joints are joints in the back, especially the toes. The buildup of uric acid crystals cause inflammation, pain when walking, redness, and pain reduced after skin surface will peel. Pain due to uric acid crystals in the joints is known as gout disease.
Gout most often appear in men aged 40-50 years. Gout is rare in children and in women who have menopause. This led to the notion that gout is a disease of men. Of the many people with high levels of uric acid in the blood is high, there is little the disease gout.
How To Prevent A rise In Uric Acid Levels?
One way to prevent a rise in uric acid levels are a low purine diet. There is an easy to remember mnemonics about the types of foods that should be avoided or consumed in limited quantities. Spinach, bowel, brain, and fat. Spinach represent vegetables, spinach and besides, it is also necessary to avoid or reduce consumption of eggplant. Uric acid levels in the blood may also rise due to alcohol consumption. Therefore, it is advisable for everyone to reduce your intake of alcoholic beverages.
In addition to diet, should also do lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, sufficient exercise, and lose weight. Consumption of up to 500 mg of vitamin C is also said to affect the likelihood of the occurrence of gout. Drinking enough water to ensure that the volume to 2 liters of urine per day is said to help prevent urate stones in the kidneys and urinary tract.
Does Every Muscle And Joint Pain Associated With Gout?
The answer is: of course not. Most of the complaints about sore muscles and joint pain never directly linked to gout. As already discussed above, pain due to uric acid occurs in crystals of uric acid that builds up in joint fluid and cause inflammation. Most of the pain due to uric acid also occurs in only one joint and most often the joints behind the toes.
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