Gout and pseudogout are two forms of arthritis affecting many patients in the Los Angeles area. With very similar symptom presentation, gout and pseudogout are often treated through the same measures. These two forms of arthritis have symptoms of swelling and pain that are often uncomfortable and debilitating for the patient. Each individual suffering from gout or pseudogout is a distinctive case, requiring uniquely tailored attention and treatment. At the Los Angeles office of expert rheumatologist Susan Baker, MD, you will receive highly individualized and professional treatment for your gout or pseudogout.
If you have been diagnosed with gout or are currently suffering from symptoms that are associated with the condition, get in touch with Dr. Baker by calling (310) 274–7770 today. Through diagnosis and individualized treatment, you can find relief from your painful circumstances.
Symptoms of Gout and Pseudogout
The symptoms of gout and pseudogout are similar in their presentation. The distinction between the two is that gout is caused from a build up of uric acid due to an overproduction or, more commonly, that the kidney cannot dispose of excess uric acid well enough. In both forms of arthritis, crystals form in the affected joint causing the painful symptoms characteristic of arthritis. These debilitating physical symptoms include:
- Purple or red stretched skin around the joint
- Tenderness to even the slightest touch
- Sudden and intense joint pain
- Swollen joint that is warm to the touch
These painful symptoms can be treated if properly monitored by an expert rheumatologist. A medical expert will examine the crystals that form in the joint under a microscope to determine if they formed because of an excess of uric acid characteristic of gout, or the cartilage crystal deposits characteristic of pseudogout.
Treatment for Gout and Pseudogout
The debilitating symptoms of gout and pseudogout can be combatted with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, delivering fast symptom relief. In cases of chronic gout, medicines to reduce the amount of uric acid may be prescribed.
Additionally, you will be advised to make lifestyle changes that may prevent further attacks of gout. Such lifestyle changes may include :
- Limiting alcohol
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Limiting ingestion of meat, fish and foods or drinks with lots of fructose
Who Does Gout and Pseudogout Effect
Arthritis rarely affects any individual under the age of 60. Gout and pseudogout affects both men and women. Gout is linked to hypertension, obesity and diabetes. Pseudogout can occur in people who have thyroid condition, kidney disorder or another disorder that alters phosphate, calcium or iron metabolism.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I get reoccurring episodes of gout or pseudogout?
A: Yes, there is no cure for either form of arthritis but modern medicine can alleviate symptoms and lend you the tools to lower the frequency of episodes.
Q: How long will the swelling and other symptoms of gout and pseudogout last?
A: Typically symptoms will last for five to twelve days if untreated. If you are taking medication the episode length should shorten.
Q: Where in the body can gout and pseudogout occur?
A: Symptoms commonly develop in the knee, wrist and ankle joint as well as the fingers, toes, elbows and hips.
To learn more about gout, visit www.cdc.gov
Gout and Pseudogout Treatment in Los Angeles
For the highest quality care and treatment for your gout or pseudogout, or to schedule a consultation to discuss a diagnosis, call the offices of Dr. Baker today at (310) 274-7770 or get in touch by completing the online contact form.
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