Symptoms Of Gout

Symptoms Of Gout

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Transcript: Symptoms Of Gout

I’d heard about something called gout, mainly in old movies about the 18th Century, but I didn’t know anything about it — and I didn’t know anyone who had it, until one of my close relatives got it recently. So I did some reading and research on medical websites like and I decided to share what I’ve learned.

You probably already know gout is a condition which can trigger severe pain in a joint. Most often it shows up in a big toe, but it can occur in any joint in your body. Gout pain can come on suddenly, cause extremely distressing discomfort, and hang around for anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.

As for symptoms:

* As mentioned, intense joint pain, often in the big toe, but it can also present in the ankles, knees, hands and wrists. The pain is usually most intense from 4-12 hours after onset.

* Pain lingers. As time passes, you feel more comfortable, but SOME joint discomfort may continue for a while.

* Swelling and redness are two big symptoms. The area around the joint will also feel warm.

* Reduced range of motion in the affected joint is also a sign.

Gout is treatable. Your doctor will usually recommend certain medications to reduce discomfort from symptoms — WHICH medications will depend on your current health and your own preferences.

Gout is actually a form of arthritis form that generally strikes as you get older. You see it more often in men over. Women become more likely to get it after menopause.

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