The various complications you can face along with the much excruciating Gout Attack.
Gout can of course be quite a painful condition, paired with the much disturbing Gout Attack. Gout can also be the cause of some of the complications in your daily life, sometimes even if treated properly. These complications as an outcome of the condition can be the cause of increased pain and discomfort in your daily life. Some of the most common complications you could be facing are:
- Kidney stones.
- Joint damage.
- Psychological effects.
The deposition on your joints
The same monosodium urate crystals which are responsible for your Gout Attack, is also responsible for the Tophi. With a higher urate level, the crystals are deposited both outside and inside of your joints. These small white and yellow subcutaneous are usually painless, but they can form in some of the most awkward places.
The painless tophi can be quite unsettling
The tophi are completely painless formations on the surface beneath your skin, in places like your toes and fingers. It can take several years for the tophi to develop after your first Gout Attack. However, tophi can also form even before you experience your first attack. The most common areas for the tophi to develop are:
- Spinal Canal. (Rare)
- Vocal cord. (Rare)
Time to get your uric acid levels in control
The tophi, if develops, is a sign that you need to be treated for severe form of Gout. It is usually a sign to start treating your uric acid levels, lowering them back to normal as far as possible. Lowering the urate levels in your body does not only bring down your chances of a Gout Attack, but also stops the crystallization of the urate. It is at this point, if not earlier, the treatment procedures involving the use of Allopurinol are started thus lowering your uric acid levels.
Tophi can be surgically removed if all else fails
It is very essential that you proceed with the Gout Treatment in a proper way; any improper treatment may easily aggravate the condition. Occasionally it is also seen that the tophi discharges a mixture of pus and white crystals of the urate. If you are suffering from tophi which are quite enlarged, you might need to undergo surgery to remove them completely.
Kidney stones can cause a lot of pain!
Another complication for people suffering from a high level of blood urea levels might be the formation of kidney stones. High uric acid level in your blood can easily cause the formation of the calcium stones, in your kidney. Almost about 10-25 % of the gout affected patients are likely to develop the kidney stones. You might face severe discomfort with them; some might even cause urinary infections. Although most Gout Treatment involve in lowering of urate levels, special attention should be given.
Inflicting joint damage
If the treatment is not properly carried out or there were some negligence, it is quite possible that you might affect your joints. The joint damages incurred, can cause your future attacks to be more prolonged and painful in nature. Thus it is quite a necessity to regulate your blood urea levels properly with your Gout Treatment, to avoid any further damage to your condition.