Sometimes we have a gout attack without even realizing it.
This is usually because we do not know what the different symptoms of gout are. We probably all think of a throbbing big toe straight away – but there is more to gout than just that. But first, let’s just quickly recap what exactly gout is…
What is gout?
To put it very simply, gout is inflammation caused by too much uric acid in the body. This inflammation usually affects the joints the most, causing “crystals” to build around the joints which cause the immense pain any gout sufferer knows all too well.
Let’s take a look at the different symptoms of gout and how they affect our bodies, movement, and daily lives…
1. Joint Pain
The most well-known sign of gout is intense pain in the joints. In most cases, the first attack occurs with sharp aches in the big toe.
However, the pain could also occur in the feet, ankles, hands, wrists, elbows, or knees. It can also affect the shoulders, but this is not very common.
Oftentimes gout attacks occur in the middle of the night, with the pain lasting anywhere between 4 and 12 hours. Once the pain goes away, there is a chance that it can happen again. But in the beginning, the attacks may only happen once every few months, but if it is not treated it may become more and more regular and the pain may become worse.
2. Redness and Swelling
Gout is usually accompanied by redness and swelling in the area that surrounds the joint. While this might not be as painful as the joint itself, it can still cause some serious discomfort. The swelling and redness often take longer to go away than the actual pain caused by the gout attack.
Another common symptom is extreme tenderness in the affected joint. Sometimes the skin gets so sensitive that the slightest contact, even with the bed sheets, causes intense discomfort. Luckily, extreme tenderness usually goes away when the pain subsides. If you experience this tenderness, avoid tight or restrictive clothing until the attack and tenderness have passed.
4. Hot feeling
The swollen joint area can become very warm. Many gout sufferers experience radiating heat in the area around the joint. It can be described as a localized hot flash, whereby the skin seems to be heating up from within.
5. A constant dull ache
In some cases, gout sufferers experience a dull ache rather than a sharp pain. This usually occurs in people who suffer from chronic gout.
In these cases, there are not random gout attacks, but rather a continual ache in one or more joints. Patients with chronic gout may be able to go about their daily routines with these aches.
However, chronic gout is often misdiagnosed as other forms of arthritis, which means it may not be getting the most effective treatment possible.
6. Discomfort long after the attack
Even after a gout attack has subsided, you may still feel discomfort and low-intensity aches for days or even weeks afterwards.
When gout attacks happen more often, the discomfort also usually worsens and lingers for longer. That is why it is important to start taking measures against gout after the first attack.
7. Stiffness of Joints
The joints affected by gout become stiff and difficult to move after a gout attack. This can be due to swelling, tenderness, and aching. All of this can cause some serious discomfort which makes it even more difficult to use the joint effectively.
If gout is not treated, the affected joints may become stiff and hard to move almost permanently, which can hinder mobility and comfort.
8. Peeling of the Skin
Sometimes when recovering from a gout attack the skin of the affected area begins peeling. This usually occurs in cases where swelling and tenderness was severe. You may experience slight itching during this, however, the impulse to scratch it needs to be resisted as this may worsen the peeling.
The peeling stops in about a couple of days at most, depending upon which joint is affected and how severe the attack has been.
9. Tophi Formation
In cases where gout remains untreated over a long period, tophi-formation takes place in the joint area.
Tophi are basically chalky formations of uric acid that develop in the soft tissue of a gout-prone joint. These tophi are found very close to the surface of the skin with the overlying layer often turning red. If untreated, tophi formation can spread and affect the cartilage and cause substantial damage.
So what can I do to treat or prevent gout attacks?
The best way to treat gout attacks and prevent them from coming back is by making smart lifestyle changes and using good natural supplements.
So how do we do this?
Eat the right food –
Try to reduce red meat, sugar, starches and sugary drinks. Follow the guidelines in the FREE Manna Acid & Alkaline Ebook.
Stay hydrated –
Make sure to drink at least 2 litres of purified water per day.
Reduce alcohol consumption –
Alcohol is one of the big causes of increased uric acid levels in the body. Try to only drink alcohol on weekends, and even then only 2 drinks per day.
Take the Manna pH Balance –
The natural ingredients in this supplement can help to manage gout by excreting excess uric acid from the body for fast, effective relief of symptoms related to high uric acid levels.
Manna pH Balance helps to increase the rate of acid excretion, thus treating gout by preventing further inflammation of the joints. The product also assists kidney blood flow rate. The different ingredients work in a synergistic manner to balance the pH of the human body.
Benefits of Manna pH Balance
- Helps to reduce high acid levels in the body
- Helps relieve and prevent gout and gout-related symptoms
- Assists in the relief of osteoarthritis
- Balances the pH of the body