So, can you get gout in your knee? You bet you can. The majority of people get their first gout attack in their toes. But gout knee pain is not uncommon, especially as the it gets worse.
Gout is a painful condition caused by the accumulation of uric acid in the blood. When the concentration of this acid in the blood gets too high, monosodium urate crystals get deposited in the joints and surrounding soft tissues.
When this happens in the knee, it leads to symptoms in the knee and it virtually paralyzes you during the time of attack. The joint becomes swollen, stiff and you cannot use it at all. During an attack the knee gets very tender and hot, and you cannot even fold your leg.
The symptoms of this condition are very painful and can completely throw your life out of gear for some days. Gout in any joint is painful, but gout in the knee is particularly so.
The symptoms in the knee occur in four stages. It usually starts with no external symptoms when it is in its asymptomatic stage. You will probably first notice it when it progresses to the acute level and you have your first attack.
If it gets worse then you will have recurrent attacks affecting your normal life. In the acute and recurrent stages the attacks will develop suddenly, usually during night times, with unbearable pain. Finally it can shift to a chronic phase where the pain is ever-present and tophi begin to appear.
The majority of people who get this disorder the first time get it in the toes, but over time it can spread to other joints.
When you have an attack in the knee, it appears to be infected and becomes swollen. The pain may extend to your lower legs also.
Other symptoms will be excessive heat in the swollen area with red discoloration along with and tenderness and pain. Sometimes the pain will be mild but most of the time the gout pain on your knee will be unbearable and will put you in severe discomfort.
Gout knee can be clinically diagnosed and confirmed by examination of synovial fluid from the inflamed joint. Presence of urate crystals in the fluid are a definitive test for gout. In blood tests the hyperurecemia will be evident with high levels of blood uric acid. An X-ray examination of the knee will not reveal anything unusual as gout in knee does not affect the bone structure of the joint.
The treatment is aimed at stopping the excruciating pain and reducing the inflammation in the affected joint. For this various types of treatments are available ranging from medication to natural and home remedies.
Usually when you choose medication you will be on it for long periods of time to prevent recurrence of gout attacks. This long usage of medication can cause many adverse effects in your body.
There are many types of natural and home remedies to treat and manage gout knee and these are very simple, economical and safe to use. You have to make many adjustments in your diet, and you must cut back on foods that are rich in purines. (Check out the foods to avoid here)
Increasing the amount of Vitamin C and fresh fruit and vegetables is very beneficial. A well managed diet will help immensely.
Water is an important part of the treatment and you must drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water daily. This will help your body to eliminate the excessive uric acid that is produced in your body.
When you are careful in what you eat, do exercises that improve flexibility and mobility, and drink lots of water you can avoid getting repeated attacks.
If this is not treated in the early stage it may become recurrent and return often. It may begin to turn up in other joints too.
Long term gout problems can eventually lead to permanent joint damage. It’s important to cure gout before it gets to that stage.