Rheumatism (Gout), Symptoms, Cause, What You And Your Doctor Can Do

Rheumatism is inflammation of the joints that usually attacks the toes, especially the big toe. But rheumatism can also strike the knee, heel, ankle, wrist, fingers, and elbows. Rheumatism only attacks men and often appears without initial signs. Rheumatism can be triggered by minor injuries such as wearing shoes that do not fit in size, eating too much food containing uric acid, alcohol, inner pressure, infections, and certain drugs.

a. Symptoms of Rheumatism

  • Sudden joint pain, usually starting at night. Pain such as throbbing or very painful and having pain when moving a little.
  • Redness, swelling from the affected joint.
  • Fever, cold and weakness may accompany the attack.

b. Cause of Rheumatism

Uric acid levels in the body cause a buildup of sodium urate crystals in the joints. Gout is a normal waste of metabolism of purine, a chemical compound in certain foods.

c. What you can do

  • Check with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis
  • Drink plenty of fluids to remove uric acid from the body.
  • Take simple anti-pain medication.

d. Doctor's actions for you

Prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs and special drugs for gout such as colchicines and allopurinol.

e. Prevention of Rheumatism

  • Avoid anything that is excessive or that can trigger an attack.
  • Reduce foods that are rich in purines such as edible meats such as kidneys, liver, and pancreas.

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