Dr Martin Scurr has been treating patients for more than 30 years and is one of the country's leading GPs. Here, he explains why gout can occur in many parts of the body. I had a blood test a couple of weeks ago and was told I had high levels of uric acid, but was otherwise fine.
Gout was first described in the 4th century by Hippocrates. After a time, crystals of urate form in and around joints. When urate crystals enter the joint, they cause inflammation.
Gout is a type of arthritis that results in sore joints. With gout, crystals form in the joint. This causes irritation that is sometimes also present in the tendons near the joint.
Spiro Koulouris 10 Comments. We all know that symptoms for gout happen most often on the foot. But did you know that you can also experience gout in your hands? Gouty arthritis is not as common as gout.
A significant feature about gout in the finger is that the fingers are not usually the first attack location. This means that when gout attacks the fingers, it will have been bodily present for some time. Therefore uric acid levels will probably be high, perhaps 9.
Gout is a form of arthritis which can be intensely painful; and it's caused by having sodium urate crystals in your joints. These may be present for years without you knowing they're there, but on occasions they can trigger an attack of gout. Attacks of gout usually come on very quickly, often during the night.
Back to Health A to Z. Gout causes sudden severe joint pain. See a GP for treatment to help during an attack and to stop further attacks. If the gout does not improve after 3 to 4 days, you might be given steroids as tablets or an injection.
Gout is a disease that causes sudden severe episodes of pain and tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling inflammation in some joints. Gout is a dramatic example of a type of arthritis called crystal arthritis, sometimes called microcrystalline arthritis because the crystals are very small. The crystals form in the joint space.