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Gout and Urinary Pain

Updated on July 15, 2010

Gout can be a painful disease that occurs due to increased levels of uric acid found within a person's blood. When the body is unable to discard excess uric acid, problems can be caused within the kidneys, causing urinary pain as well as pain in other areas of the body. Gout pain begins with the crystallization of the uric acid, building up around individual joints.

Physical evidence of gout has been found to date back 4,000 years to the ancient Egyptians. Early evidence of gout was discovered in the remains of ancient Egyptian mummies. The earliest documented evidence found relating to gout dates back to 400 BCE during the Hippocratic times.

It is common for gout sufferers to develop kidney stones. Kidney stones may block the urinary tract of a gout sufferer, causing immense pain within the urinary system. This painful condition can cause further damage and/or infection to the kidneys if medical treatment is not sought immediately.

Although gout can have an adverse effect within the urinary system, other symptoms can occur in an individual who has gout. One of the most common side effects of gout is painful joints. On average, two-thirds of diagnosed gout sufferers have pain within their big toe but other joints of the body can also be affected, causing difficulty with movement. The effected joints may display an external redness in coloration and swelling to the effected area. It is also possible for an individual with gout to experience fatigue and a fever during attacks.

Gout has had a reputation of once being the disease of kings, due to the richness of a royal diet. In fact, gout can be caused by eating high volumes of foods that contain high or medium levels of purines and alkaline. Examples include various types of red and white meats, seafood and various types of beans. Although purines may cause gout, the human body still requires low levels of purine to help maintain a healthy diet.

A healthy diet containing less purines and alkaline can help prevent future gout attacks and also help keep urinary pain and infections to a minimum. There are natural anti-inflammatory's found in fruits such as the pomegranate and other fruits and vegetables as well as prescribed anti-inflammatory's which can help prevent pain and swellings. Your doctor can provide a list of helpful foods and medicines as well as prescriptions for medications, that can help reduce the level of uric acid in your blood.


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