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Arthritis is something that many of us expect to have to deal with as we get older – but it does not always make it any easier. If we are lucky we will have a mild case of it that will only flare up to warn us when it is about to rain. The not so lucky few will have to deal with some of the more severe types like gout.

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs in the feet and toes. It can be one of the most painful conditions that you will ever deal with. But how do you know if that is really the condition you have? There is another condition known as pseudo gout that is very similar to gout and shares some of the same types of symptoms. During this condition that joints will become inflamed due to the deposits of calcium pyrophosphate crystals that are inside and around the joints.

It was given this name – which means ‘false gout’ – because it shares some of the same gout symptoms that are usually experienced. One of the big differences between the two is that gout is caused by monosodium urate crystals. The two different types of crystals are different in appearances – which makes it easy for the doctor to examine the infected fluid from the area and determine which one it is.

Pseudo gout will usually occur in the knees, wrists, hips, ankles, and shoulders. The symptoms include; warmth, pain, swelling, and stiffness that can last for a few days or weeks. It is also usually seen in older people who have many problems with their joints and other forms of arthritis.

In order to treat the condition doctors will use nonsteroidal inflammatory medications and an ice pack to help reduce the swelling. They might also remove the fluid from the joint to help relieve some of the pain and reduce the inflammation quicker. People who have recurrent flare ups should consider asking their doctor about taking colchicine everyday in small doses.

One Response to “Is It Gout Or Something Else?”

  1. Thanks for your post. There are a lot of sites out there that don’t make as much sense about gout, so that’s refreshing. I’ve made a note of your site details and will visit again.

    Posted by: Emily Ashcroft on on May 24th, 2010 at 2:47 pm.