(Arthritis, Gouty; Gouty Arthritis)
- Too much uric acid is produced
- Not enough uric acid is eliminated
- Obesity , sudden weight gain, or rapid weight loss
- Family members with history of gout
- Kidney disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- High blood pressure
- Certain types of cancer
Certain medications, such as:
- Low-dose aspirin
- Cyclosporin, an antirejection drug
- Chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer
- Foods high in purines, such as organ meats, shellfish, some vegetables, and gravies.
- High-fructose drinks, such as sugar-sweetened sodas and orange juice
- Excess alcohol, especially beer
- Binge drinking alcohol
- Sudden onset of severe pain in an inflamed joint, usually starting in the big toe
- Joints that are red, hot, swollen, and very tender
- Increased pain 24-48 hours after the onset of symptoms
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- Kidney stones
- Kidney disease
- Joint destruction
- Blood and urine tests—to measure the level of uric acid in your blood and to assess kidney function
- X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body, especially bones; used to check for joint destruction
- Number of joints affected
- Previous responses to treatment
- Overall health
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Corticosteroids—may be given orally or as an injection into the affected joint
- Consume a low-purine diet.
- Avoid alcohol.
- If you're overweight, lose weight gradually. Rapid weight loss can cause a gout attack.
- Ask your doctor if any of your medications can cause high uric acid levels.
- Drink a lot of fluids throughout the day.
- To lower the production of uric acid
- To increase the excretion of uric acid by the kidneys
- To convert uric acid into a different byproduct
- Eat a low-purine diet.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink. Avoid binge drinking.
- Drink a lot of fluids.
- Lose weight gradually.
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American Arthritis Society http://www.americanarthritis.org
Arthritis Society of Canada http://www.arthritis.ca
Canadian Arthritis Network http://www.arthritisnetwork.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/01/2013 -