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Gout has been in existence for more than two thousand years, and in that time, some very notable historical figures have had it. Henry VIII, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson are but a few of the famous gout sufferers. Though excruciatingly painful, gout is one of the most easily treatable forms of arthritis and many sufferers live normal lives even if there are certain limitations. Here are some general information on gout--how to identify it and how it is treated today. What is gout? As mentioned, gout is a form of acute arthritis caused by a condition called hyperurecemia (sometimes hyperurecaemia). This condition, which causes an elevated level of uric acid in the bloodstream, can cause the crystallization of uric acid in the soft tissues of the body, usually in the joints. This acid is produced by the kidneys when shellfish, red and organ meats, and legumes are digested. The crystals from the acid can cause a great deal of swelling, inflammation, and pain to the sufferer. If it manifests in the feet first and it can prevent you from walking completely. Recent research has shown that gout's tendency to manifest first in the joint of the big toe is due to the fact that the feet is the coldest part of the body. Uric acid crystals form quicker at low temperature. Many gout sufferers describe an attack of gout as having to be made to walk with shards of glass in your joints. How to identify gout Usually, gout manifests as swelling, pain and tenderness in the affected joint. It could resemble a very large bunion if found in the big toe. However, to accurately identify gout, you will have to go to a laboratory. The lab technician will extract some fluid from the affected joint and look at it under a microscope. This is the only way to differentiate gout from another of its arthritis "cousins," pseudo-gout. While gout is caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals, pseudo-gout is caused by a completely different chemical--the calcium pyrophosphate. It is called pseudo-gout because it manifests in basically the same way and treatment for it is the same as well with only a few variations. Modern treatment for gout Thanks to modern medicine, gone are the days of tongue of toad and eye of newt as remedies for gout. Instead, there are many different kinds of treatments for that nagging ache in the joints, both herbal and pharmaceutical. In fact, many of the pharmaceutical remedies have a herbal base. Many of the potent cures for gout use ingredients such as turmeric, artichoke, and aged-odorless garlic. While these may not prove to be long-term cures (they require extended periods of usage),

they do allow gout sufferers to enjoy the occasional baked oyster or piece of steak again. Without having to resort to external remedies, most people with gout have to remove such foods like sausages, beans, and spinach from their diet because they elevate the uric acid levels in the blood.

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