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What is gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid (your body’s normal waste product) builds up in the joints, causing pain and inflammation. Gout can develop in anyone, but it is more common in men than women and is typically found in people over the age of 40.
ArthritisCARE is one of the leading specialists for gouty arthritis in Brisbane, offering effective treatment and holistic care for our patients.
Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that causes severe pain, redness, and inflammation, most often affecting your big toe first.
What causes gout?
Increased uric acid levels in the body are what cause gout and they can occur for a variety of reasons:
- Genetics (hereditary)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes or glucose intolerance
- Overweight or obese
- Kidney disease
- Kidney stones
- Diuretic use (tablets that help your body rid itself of more water)
- Poor diet
- Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption
These factors mean your body has either increased uric acid production or is no longer effectively flushing uric acid from your body. This extra uric acid turns into uric acid crystals (urate crystals), which accumulate in your body’s joints, leading to an acute “gout attack”, or exacerbated gout symptoms of redness, inflammation, and severe pain in the affected joint.
What are the signs and symptoms of gout?
Gout attacks can occur suddenly and last for several days or weeks. A gout attack will present as painful, red, and swollen joints that may elicit severe pain with even the lightest touch to the affected joint. You may notice other symptoms of:
- A general feeling of unwellness
Commonly, gout will affect one joint at a time, usually starting with the big toe. It can then move to other joints, such as the hands, wrists, knees, ankles, and elbows.
Although gout generally starts in your big toe, the small crystals
caused by elevated levels of uric acid can affect other joints, such as your knees.
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How do we diagnose gout?
At ArthritisCARE, we use a variety of diagnostic tests to confirm a gout diagnosis.
- Physical examination
- Medical history
- A blood test to show increased uric acid levels, known as serum urate.
- Joint fluid tests: to identify if urate crystals are present.
What is the available gout treatment that Brisbane patients can access?
There are several gout treatment options available to patients in Brisbane (and surrounding areas).
Gout treatment medication consists of one, or a combination, of:
- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Colchicine is effective in lowering uric acid levels and decreasing inflammation.
- corticosteroid injections or tablets to reduce pain and swelling.
When you experience your first confirmed gout attack, the expert team at ArthritisCARE will tailor a treatment plan to help reduce the pain and inflammation.
Can you prevent gout?
At ArthritisCARE, we are committed to helping patients prevent further gout attacks. Our doctors work with you to develop a personalised plan that includes medication management and lifestyle modifications to control gout symptoms.
The main preventative measure is to monitor and lower your uric acid levels. To help achieve this, we recommend:
- Medications to lower uric acid levels.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink, and especially aim to avoid binge drinking.
- If you are overweight, we suggest you aim for steady weight loss using a healthy, balanced diet and gentle exercises.
- Reduce your intake of purine-rich foods as your body turns purine into uric acid—red meat, seafood, and yeast-containing foods.
You can help prevent gout attacks by eating healthy, nutrient-rich food, losing weight, monitoring
uric acid levels, and following the advice of your GP or rheumatologist.
How much does it cost for gout management in Brisbane?
The cost of gout management at ArthitisCARE varies depending on the type of treatment and tests required. For current prices and further information, you can read the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website.
Why choose ArthritisCARE to help you?
At ArthritisCARE, we have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating various cases of gout for many patients. We understand the challenges that come with living with gout, which is why our team is dedicated to providing holistic, specialised treatment plans to improve your quality of life as quickly as possible. Our team of skilled and experienced Rheumatologists can help you manage your symptoms and provide the care you need. Together, we can work towards making your life more comfortable and enjoyable.
Meet Dr. Peter Landsberg
Dr Peter Landsberg, the founder of ArthritisCARE, is a highly skilled and experienced Rheumatologist who has a special interest in treating inflammatory arthritis and connective tissue conditions. He established ArthritisCARE with the vision of creating a caring and collaborative environment where patients receive the best possible care. Our team of friendly doctors and support staff work together to provide the people of Brisbane and the wider area with exceptional care and support.
The ArthritisCARE team of rheumatoid specialists in Brisbane has many years of experience and offers you a choice of both male and female Rheumatologists in Brisbane. Our goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable working with us so that we can collaboratively treat your condition and significantly improve the way you feel. Each and every day.
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You can find commonly asked questions about gout below.
Learn more about Gout:
Arthritis Australia’s Gout Resources page
Arthritis Australia’s Printable Information Sheet about Gout
Arthritis Australia Booklet: Taking Control of your Gout
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