Posts for tag: Gout
What is gout?
Gout is a potentially disabling form of inflammatory arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in your joints. The crystals can also accumulate in other body organs, causing organ dysfunction. The uric acid deposits will cause inflammation and pain in the accumulation area. Family history, high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney failure can lead to elevated blood levels of uric acid and gout disease. If you have gout attacks or any other problems related to rheumatology in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, visit your physicians, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists for a consultation.
What are the symptoms of the disease?
The most common symptom of gout is severe frequent episodes of pain and swelling in one joint. The most commonly affected joint is the one that is in your big toe. The painful episodes may also involve warmth sensations and redness at the site of inflammation.
What are the triggers of gout?
Some kinds of food and medicines can increase the risk of having a gout attack. Excessive alcohol intake and excessive consumption of red meat, organ meat, and shellfish are considered gout triggers. A crash diet in which the patients depend on protein-rich meals will increase the risk of having gout. Also, the uric acid lowering medications may induce flares at the beginning of the treatment. If you are taking these medicines and the symptoms don't improve with time, consult your physician. The triggers may differ from one patient to another, so you must understand your attack's triggers to avoid them as much as possible.
What are the treatment options?
The treatment of gout is divided into two groups, one for relieving the pain and minimizing the symptoms and the other for lowering uric acid levels. For acute pain, your physician will recommend taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), colchicine, or corticosteroids as soon as the attack begins.
Your rheumatologist in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, will prescribe uric acid-lowering medications for patients who suffered from several gout attacks in the same year, patients with joint damage, and patients who are suffering from kidney disease or kidney stones.
Besides the medications, lifestyle and diet modifications are helpful. Daily exercise, losing weight, limiting red meat consumption, and decreasing alcohol intake can help avoid the attacks.
If you are looking for relief from your rheumatological problems in St. Thomas, and St. Croix, visit Dr. Chase and Dr. Sayan of Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. Call us at (340) 714-2845 for the St. Thomas, office, and at (340) 692-5000 for the St. Croix, office.
How your doctors in Saint Thomas and St. Croix can help with painful gout symptoms
Are you suffering pain in your feet and toes that never seem to go away? You could have gout, an inflammatory condition that can cause pain in your joints. The good news is that your doctor can help. Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan are the doctors at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, offering a wide variety of medical services, including treatment for inflammatory conditions like gout. They have two convenient office locations in Saint Thomas and St. Croix to help you feel better.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis that can cause severe pain. It also may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and a feeling of heat in the joint. Typically, it affects one joint at a time, and the big toe joint is a common starting point. You may also have gout in your other toes, your ankles, or your knees. Gout can flare up, causing intense pain, and then go into remission. The period of remission can last for weeks, months, or even years before another flare-up happens.
You may be at higher risk of developing gout if you are male, are obese, or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Some medical conditions increase your risk of developing gout including diabetes, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure.
Relieving a Gout Flare-Up
There are a few things you can do which may reduce gout flare-ups. You can try:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
- Limiting the amount of red meat you eat
Your St. Thomas and St. Croix doctor may also recommend effective treatment strategies, which include:
- Taking prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
- Taking uric acid lowering medications
- Increasing low impact exercises and activities
- Losing weight to reduce joint stress
If you think you might be suffering from gout, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan can help you feel better. To find out more about causes, symptoms, and treatment of gout and other medical conditions, call the doctors at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists. You can reach them in Saint Thomas at (340) 714-2845 or at their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. Call today!