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Gout is caused by high levels of Uric acid caused by a variety of factors including a diet high in purines( red meat, dark beer, dairy , spirits) . There can be other reasons such as internal enzyme defects and high cell turnover. The high levels of acid in blood eventually can get deposited on the joint surfaces causing bad inflammation - severe pain, swelling and redness.
Three lines of treatment - first anti inflammatories like ibuprofen , indomethacin, diclofenac for immediate relief along with painkillers. We can also use colchicine to reduce the severity of the attack.
For longer term, we need to check the uric acid levels in blood once an attack subsides and the if Gout is confirmed add allopurinol or zyloric which helps eliminate the Uric acid and reduce or eliminate attacks.
Dietary changes are equally important.
I had an attack of gout when I was about 28, not overweight, never ate any of those "organ meats" that are associated eut gouts. It was a bad one, could hardly walk, so took the prescribed meds and it went away finally. I hav had minor attacks since then every few years. I just had one about 10 days ago that hung on for a while. I have taken ibuprofen daily as directed on the bottle, an OTC antioxidant tiwce a day calledAstaxantin, and I have been through 4 bottles of Hain's Black Cherry extarct (tastes great), diluting it slightly with water and drinking several glasses a day. It is pretty much gone this morning, and I've been doing a lot of yard work all through it.
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