WHAT IS GOUT?
Gout is ancient disorder, the exact Aetiology of gout is not known till now, however, elevated level of uric acid is believed to be one of the big causes of gout. Gout is the most usual form of complex and inflammatory arthritis and is characterized by the sudden severe attack of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, swelling, the red or purple skin around the joint. Gout often affects the big toe but other joints including knees, ankles, elbows, thumbs or fingers may also be affected. Men are more liable get effected than women.
Diagnosis of Gout and When to see a Doctor
Most commonly gout is evaluated with a simple serum uric acid test. The normal values of serum uric acid are as follows:
- For men: 3.7mg to 7.o mg /dl
- For women: 2.4mg to 5.7 ml/dl
The high value of serum uric acid is alarming and may be a causing factor of Gout. Nowadays diagnosis of gout may be confirmed by identification of monosodium urate crystals in synovial fluid of the affected joint. If the attack of the disease starts intensely and continues, you should not be late in consulting the doctor.
Causes of Gout
Hyperuricemia (Excess of uric acid in the blood), obesity, excessive alcohol use, overuse of high-purine foods is considered the main reasons for gout developing.
This disease is more common in men than women, but women are found in gout after menopause. In some families, this disease is inherited also. Some diuretics and drugs containing salicylate can also cause Hyperuricemia resulting gout.
Complications of gout may include difficulty in movement, stiffness and deformation of joints, kidney stones, and heart attack in some cases.
Living with Gout
Don’t be overweight, keep yourself hydrated by drinking water, and use more fruit, vegetables and grains. Limit the use of confectionery, white bread and synthesized sugar. Limit intake of high purine diet. Use of Vitamin c may help in lowering high uric acid level.
APIUM GRAVEOLENS useful in Rheumatic pain in muscles of neck also in sacrum.
First to Thirtieth Potency
COLCHICUM AUTUMNALE affects markedly the muscular tissues, periosteum, and synovial membranes of joints. Has specific power of relieving the gouty paroxysms.
Third to Thirtieth Attenuation
URTICA URENS Gout and uric acid diathesis.
Tincture and Lower Potencies
AMMONIUM BENZOICUM One of the remedies for albuminuria, especially in the gouty. Gout, with deposits in joints. Urinary incontinence in the aged.
LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM older persons, where the skin shows yellowish spots, earthy complexion, uric acid diathesis, etc.
Both the Lower and the Highest Potencies are Credited with Excellent Result.
FORMICA RUFA An arthritic medicine. Gout and articular rheumatism; pains worse, motion; better, pressure. Right side most affected. Chronic gout and stiffness in joints, acute outbursts of gouty poisons, especially when assuming the neuralgic forms.
Sixth to Thirtieth Attenuation
LEDUM PALUSTRE Affects especially the rheumatic diathesis, going through all the changes, from functional pain to altered secretions and deposits of solid, earthy matter in the tissues.
Third to Thirtieth Potency
LITHIUM CARBONICUM Chronic rheumatism connected with heart lesions and asthenopia offer a field for this remedy. Rheumatic nodes. Uric acid diathesis Whole body is sore. Gout and tophi.
First to Third Trituration