Gout and pseudogout are types of arthritis. They cause pain and swelling in the joints. Both of these conditions are caused by sharp crystals that collect in the joints. This is why they’re also called crystal arthritis and crystalline arthropathy. They are both characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in one or more joints, most often in the big toe.
Gout and pseudogout flares start suddenly and can last days or weeks. An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of a bedsheet on it may seem intolerable.
These flares are followed by long periods of remission—weeks, months, or years—without symptoms before another flare begins. Gout usually occurs in only one joint at a time. It is often found in the big toe. Along with the big toe, joints that are commonly affected are the lesser toe joints, the ankle, and the knee.
Gout and pseudogout symptoms may come and go, but there are ways to manage symptoms and prevent flares.
Many patients respond well to naturopathic protocols, provided that certain lifestyle changes are followed. At BCNC, we will thoroughly review both exercise and food choices that are proven to reverse metabolic syndrome. Supplemental botanicals and nutrients will be thoroughly discussed and recommended based on individual needs.
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