Gout is a potentially disabling and aching rheumatic disorder and it is one of the most general types of arthritis. Gout was first illustrated by the well-known Greek doctor Hippocrates. Gout is one of the oldest types of arthritis, which can cause severe pain in the affected body parts. Gout is caused because body makes excessive uric acid or it cannot send out from the body in enough quantities.
Gout is also known as Metabolic Arthritis. Usually the uric acid is dissolved in the blood and gets wash out through the kidneys. The Uric acid comes out in the form of needle like crystals which destroy into the synovial sacks and cartilage between joints.
When uric acid collects in excessive quantity then this uric deposits shift to the extremities of the body causing an inflammatory effect in and around the muscle.
Due to this inflammatory reaction body produces white blood cells to fight the Uric acid intruder. When this occurs the inflamed part also produces heat.
There are 4 different stages of this Disease.
In Asymptomatic Gout there is a high level of uric acid in the blood but there are no symptoms. Back pain is related to this stage. For this stage no medication is necessary.
Acute Gouty Arthritis
In this stage uric acid crystals start deposition in the joint spaces. Pain and inflammation occur in this stage but it can disperse within 5- 10 days, sometime it go longer.
Interval Gout or Intercritical Gout
In this stage there is a long gap between two gout attacks. Most people will face second attack within 6 months to 2 years but there can be a gap of around 10 years. These late attacks can be more severe than the early attack and will move to changed parts such as the Achilles area.
Chronic Tophaceous Gout or Polyarticular Gout
At this stage immobilized gout occurs after many years of suffering and it can be linked with enduring damage to affected joints.