Thursday, 26 February 2009

OH! MY GOUT.

Today I have gout! The words that best describe it are: excruciating, agonizing, burning, unbearable, painful, sharp, piercing, terrible, awful, sore, aching, throbbing, hurting, and of course, YA ALLAH SAKITNYA! If you look at my picture below then you may know what I mean.

The best thing about having gout is I may get an MC from the doctor which means I don't have to go to work for a few days. So I can take a rest and write this blog. But there's a problem . When I return to office after recovering I may have hypertension because all the delayed tasks will have to be completed ASAP since no one would want to do them when I am away. Then I will have to take another MC for hypertension.

According to Wiki, Gout is characterized by excruciating, sudden, unexpected, burning pain, as well as swelling, redness, warmth, and stiffness in the affected joint. This occurs most commonly in men's toes but can appear in other parts of the body and affect women as well. Low-grade fever may also be present. The patient usually suffers from two sources of pain. The crystals inside the joint cause intense pain whenever the affected area is moved. The inflammation of the tissues around the joint also causes the skin to be swollen, tender and sore if it is even slightly touched. For example, a blanket or even the lightest sheet draped over the affected area can cause extreme pain.
Gout (metabolic arthritis) is a crystal deposition disease hallmarked by elevated levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia) in the bloodstream.

In this condition, crystals of monosodium urate(MSU) or uric acid are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. It is marked by transient painful attacks of acute arthritis initiated by crystallization of urates within and about the joints and eventually leads to chronic gouty arthrits and the deposition of masses of urates in joints and other sites, creating tophi. Gout results from a combination of prolonged elevation of uric acid and overall acidity in the bloodstream. In isolation, neither elevated uric acid nor acidity is sufficient to cause gout.