Four Stages of Gout

Arthritis actually means “joint inflammation.” It is used to describe more than 100 different kinds of diseases that have an affect on body joints. About 5 percent of all arthritis cases deal with Gout.  Gout occurs when uric acid builts up in one of the body joints such as the big toe. Gout usually happens at night and is very painful

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), there are four stages of gout.

First Stage: Asymptomatic Hyperuricemia
Asymptomatic (without no symptoms) hyperuricemia is the pre-gout stage. Uric acid is usually at a high level in the blood stream, but none of it precipitates out of blood. There is usually no feeling of pain or symptoms.

Second Stage: Acute Gouty Arthritis
In this stage gout begins to harm the joints of the body. The uric acid levels are so high it begins to crystallize within a joint. It usually occurs in the big toe with sharp pain, but can be show up in the ankle or knee. The Attacks usually happen in the evening and can last for weeks if not treated.  Even with treatment each additional attacks  will last longer than the previous and will occur more frequently.

Third Stage: Intercritical Gout
Intercritical gout is an interval of time between attacks of acute gout. This is the time period when the pain of gout has subsided. During this stage, sufferers do not experience symptoms because the body's immune system is in a state of stabilization. If the gout gets to this stage and the sufferer does not treat it with medication, it becomes very hard to control.

Fourth Stage: Chronic Tophaceous Gout
This is the most severe and chronic stage of gout.  This stage cause severe pain for the sufferer. It is also the most disabling stage of gout. Development happens over a long period time, such as 10 years without treatments. There can be permanent damage of the affected joints in not treated. It can also lead to future crippling or a disability.

It is very important to see a doctor when you experience early symptoms. By dealing with early symptoms and getting checked by a doctor you can reduce gout from reaching the chronic stages.

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