What is Gout ?
Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful,occurs suddenly & usually affects one joint at a time (often the big toe joint)
Gout is a general term for a variety of conditions caused by a buildup of uric acid. For acute gout, symptoms last for 3 to 10 days, comes quickly from the buildup of uric acid crystals in joint and between gout attacks there usually don’t have any symptoms.
Symptoms of Gout-
- Sudden, severe attacks of pain- most severe within the first 4-12 hours after it begins.
- Swelling of joints
- Redness and Tenderness in the joints
- Often the joint at the base of the big toe,but it can occur in any joint. Other commonly affected joints include the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers.
Often waking up in the middle of the night with the sensation that the big toe is on fire.
What are the causes of Gout ?
The increased level of Uric Acid triggers. The buildup of uric acid in blood is from the breakdown of purines .
Normally, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine.
But sometimes –
Either your body produces too much uric acid or
Your kidneys excrete too little uric acid.
When this happens, uric acid can build up, forming sharp, needlelike urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that cause pain, inflammation and swelling.
Such conditions are:
A kidney or thyroid problem, or
Certain conditions, such as blood and metabolism disorders or dehydration, make your body produce too much uric acid
An inherited disorder have parents, siblings, or other family members with gout
Middle-aged man or postmenopausal woman
Take medications such as diuretics and cyclosporine, aspirin ,blood pressure-lowering medications, such as beta-blockers and angiotensin II receptor blockers
Gout is associated with obesity, and significant weight loss can dramatically improve the management of gout.
Chronic Gout– Untreated gout may cause deposits of urate crystals to form under the skin in nodules called Tophi .
Tophi can develop in several areas such as your fingers, hands, feet, elbows or Achilles tendons along the backs of your ankles.
Tophi usually aren’t painful, but they can become swollen and tender during gout attacks.
Kidney stones- Urate crystals may collect in the urinary tract of people with gout, causing kidney stones.
Food to be avoided in Gout-
Certain foods which are naturally High in Purines, which breaks down into uric acid like:
Organ meats; e.g- liver
Certain seafood like Tuna, shellfish
Sugar-sweetened beverages and foods containing the sugar fructose even though they don’t contain purines.
Treatment of Gout
In Modern Medications treatment protocols work in one of two ways;
Either by reliving pain and reducing inflammation, Commonly Used Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Aspirin (Bufferin), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and Naproxen (Aleve)
Colchicine (Colcrys, Mitigare), Corticosteroid etc.
Or preventing future attacks by lowering uric acid levels. Commonly Used Xanthine oxidase inhibitors, such as Allopurinol (Lopurin, Zyloprim) and Febuxostat (Uloric) Probenecid.
Beside That, There is a wide Spectrum of Remedies in Homoeopaty which controls the Gout…Here is..
12 Best Homoeopathic Medicines For Gout :
1. COLCHICUM AUTUMNALE
Has specific power of relieving the gouty paroxysms though seems to be more beneficial in chronic affections. One of the best Homoeopathic Medicines For Gout.
Affects markedly the muscular tissues, periosteum, and synovial membranes of joint.
The parts are red, hot, swollen. Joints stiff and warm
Tearing pains in limbs during warm weather stinging during cold. ;Sensation as if Pins and needles in hands and wrists, fingertips numb ,Tingling in the finger nails ; Limbs feel lame, weak .
Inflammation of great toe, gout in heel, cannot bear to have it touched or moved. stubbing the toes hurts exceedingly. Odematous swelling and coldness of legs and feet.
Right plantar reflex abolished
All pains worse in the evening and at night and from touch; and warm weather.
Knees strike together, can hardly walk.
There is always great prostration, internal coldness and tendency to collapse.
It is the alkaloids of COLCHICUM AUTUMNALE.
Very effective in Gout, one of the best homoeopathic medicines For gout , mainly the early stage
Gout associated with arthritis, deformities in early stages; rheumatism with intense pain
3X trituration is very efficient.
3. LEDUM PALUSTRE
This is another Best Homoeopathic Medicines For Gout.
The Charecteristics is
It begins in feet, and travels upward
Gouty pains especially in small joints
Joints Swollen, hot, pale. Cracking in joints; worse, warmth of bed.
Ball of great toe, Ankles
Gouty nodosities. Ball of great toe swollen.
Soles painful, can hardly step on them (Ant c; Lyc). Easy spraining of ankle.
Throbbing in right shoulder. Pressure in shoulder, worse motion.
Most peculiar is-
Ledum is the medicine of People who feels cold all the time, very chilly
Pain better, from cold, putting feet in cold water. Worse, at night, and from heat of bed.
4. BENZOICUM ACIDUM
It produces and cures symptoms of excessive uric acid , with urine highly colored and very offensive, and gouty symptoms.
Best Homoeopathic Medicines For Gout with asthmatic symptoms
Gouty deposits, nodes very painful;
Pain and swelling in Knees, Wrist, Tendo Achillis.
Tearing pain in great toe
Pains suddenly change their locality.
Joints crack on motion.
Neuralgic pains that come and go suddenly
Heat, Redness, Throbbing and Burning in affected joints,worse on touch
High Fever with no thirst with restlessness and delrium
6. LITHIUM CARBONICUM
LITHIUM CARBONICUM covers the pain of shoulder-joint, arm, and fingers and small joints generally.
Swelling and tenderness of finger and toe joints; better, hot water
Pain in hollow of foot, extending to knee. Ankles pain when walking.
Nodular swellings in joints. Gout and tophi.
Paralytic stiffness all over. Whole body is sore.
Itching about joints.
7. GUAJACUM OFFICINALE
Very valuable in acute rheumatism. Chief action on fibrous tissue & one of the best homoeopathic medicines for Gout.
Gouty and rheumatic pain in head and face, extending to neck. Tearing pain in skull. Pains often end in a stitch, especially in head. Aching in nape. Stiff neck and sore shoulders.
Gouty tearing, with contractions. Immovable stiffness. Ankle pain extending up the leg, causing lameness.
Affected Joints swollen, painful, and intolerant of pressure; can bear no heat. Stinging pain in limbs. A feeling of heat in the affected limb .Contraction of limbs, stiffness and immobility. Feeling that he must stretch.
Unclean odor from whole body.
Sabina acts upon serous and fibrous membranes; hence it’s use in gout.
Affected Joints are Red, shining swelled. Gouty nodosities, Gout; worse, in heated room.
Pain affects in heels and metatarsal bones, anterior portion of thigh;
It is best Homoeopathic Medicines For Gout when Pain from sacrum to the pubis.
Better, in cool fresh air.
9. Urtica Urens
Very effective in acute gout, also a best Homoeopathic Medicines For Gout.
Pain in deltoid; ankles, wrists.
Rheumatism associated with urticaria-like eruptions
10. CHININUM SULPHURICUM
Acute articular rheumatism.
Associated with chronic interstitial nephritis.
Bloody, Turbid, slimy, clay-colored, greasy sediment. Small amount of urea and phosphoric acid with excess of uric acid and abundance of chlorides. Excessive flow. Albuminuria
Accompanied by subnormal temperature.
11. AMMONIUM BENZOICUM
One of the best homoeopathic medicines for gout with albuminuria,
Gout, with deposits in joints.
Gout, with urinary incontinence mainly in the aged.
Second trituration is useful.
Best Homoeopathic Medicines For Gout when there is Retrocedent gout, an attack in which surface symptoms such as joint inflammation disappear suddenly, and are replaced by affections of the internal organs.
Neuralgic affections more prone than inflammatory.
Lower potency much effective.
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