Treatment for Gout
What is Gout?
Gout is a common form of arthritis that causes sudden, intense pains. This disease particularly affects the big toe but can also affect other joints.
People with gout experience sudden symptoms that usually happen at night, including:
- Severe joint pain
Gout most commonly affects the big toe but also affects other joints like elbows, wrists, knees, fingers, and ankles. The most intense pain usually occurs within the first 4 to 12 hours after it begins.
- Inflammation and redness
Joints that gout affects become red, swollen, warm, and tender.
- Chronic discomfort
Affected joints may experience discomfort for days to weeks after the most severe pain stops. Future attacks are usually more intense and last longer.
- Limited range of motion
You may not be able to move your joints properly once you develop gout.
Gout is the result of urate crystals forming in your joints due to elevated levels of uric acid in your blood. Your body breaks down purines, natural substances in your body, to produce uric acid. Purines are found in red meats and organ meats (like liver) while seafood (like sardines, tuna, anchovies, etc.), alcoholic beverages and drinks sweetened with fructose increase uric acid levels.
Usually, when kidneys are functioning properly, they pass dissolved uric acids through them and into your urine. Sometimes your body can overproduce uric acid, or your kidneys could be functioning improperly, leading to blockages and severe pain and inflammation in the affected joints.
People at higher risk of developing gout:
Diets with high contents of red meat, shellfish, and beverages sweetened with fructose cause elevated uric acid level. Drinking alcohol, particularly beer, puts you at higher risk of gout.
Being overweight causes your kidneys to work harder to excrete the increased amount of uric acid produced.
- Chronic medical conditions
High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart and kidney diseases increase your risk of gout.
Aspirin, anti-rejection drugs used after an organ transplant, and other medications used for hypertension, such as thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, etc. can cause elevated levels of uric acid.
People with a family history of gout have a higher chance of developing gout.
- Age and sex
Gout affects more men than women because of women’s lower uric levels; however, after menopause, women’s uric levels become closer to those of men. Men aged 30 to 50 and women going through menopause are more likely to develop gout.
- Recent trauma or surgery
Occasionally, recent surgery or trauma and getting a vaccination could trigger a gout attack.
Gout can cause severe complications, such as:
- Recurrent Gout
Although some people only experience symptoms of gout once, many others experience symptoms multiple times a year. With medication, gout attacks subside. Without treatment, gout can erode and destroy the affected joint.
- Advanced Gout
Gout can develop into a more serious condition that causes urate crystals to form under the skin called tophi. Tophi can form on your feet, hands, elbows, ankles, fingers, and Achilles tendons. Though tophi are commonly painless, they can still become tender and swollen during gout attacks.
- Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are urate crystals that may form in the urinary tract of gout patients. Medication can reduce the risk of this condition.
Unfortunately, gout is a painful disease that affects both men and women. However, experts have provided us with a list of common gout symptoms and risk factors. Luckily, Vida-Flo has the best solution for the immediate relief of gout symptoms.
Benefits of IV Hydration for Gout
Though gout cannot be fully treated with Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration, this treatment is ideal for the restoration of necessary fluids, electrolytes, and vitamins. Here is how:
Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration
|Saline Solution||Vida-Flo’s sterile saline solution replenishes the body by delivering vitamins and nutrients directly into your bloodstream, hydrating your body with 100% absorption and excreting anything your body doesn’t need.||No|
|Electrolytes||Electrolytes help prevent dehydration and are vital to recovering from gout.||No|
|Vitamin B6||Vitamin B6 uses and stores energy from proteins and helps the body carry oxygen around the body through the formation of hemoglobin, or red blood cells.||Yes|
|Toradol||Toradol is an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medication that is oftentimes used after surgery.||Yes|
|Zinc||Zinc fights off germs, makes proteins and DNA, and helps with the proper growth and development of the fetus grow.||Yes|
Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration Treatment immediately relieves patients of gout symptoms like pain and inflammation as they begin or continue their road to recovery. Start your journey to a healthier you with Vida-Flo’s IV Hydration Treatment today!