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Went in for foot pain... dr report :(... seriously I have what!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Gout is a kind of arthritis. It can cause an attack of sudden burning pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint, usually a big toe. These attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Over time, they can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men.

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Most of the time, having too much uric acid isn't harmful. Many people with high levels in their blood never get gout. But when uric acid levels in your blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system – which protects your health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks your joints. The abnormal immune response causes inflammation that can damage joints and organs, such as the heart. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is the key to preventing joint destruction and organ damage.

A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a "spur," but a bone spur is just extra bone. It’s usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or nerves in the body. Common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet.

Extra protein is often released from the site of inflammation these proteins can be readily detected in the bloodstream and are therefore referred to as inflammatory markers. Perhaps the most commonly used marker of inflammation is C-reactive protein (CRP).

High white blood cell count is an increase in disease-fighting cells (leukocytes) circulating in your blood. High white blood cell count is also called leukocytosis.

Depressing report.... more to follow!
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    doctor told me last year that i have gout also . pain is unbelievable . have it in more spots then toe . Ankle's and fingers back
    1537 days ago
    So, if I'm reading this right you have:

    gouty arthritis
    bone spur
    CRP + (which I can understand with the above processes)
    leukocytosis (which I can also understand with the above processes)

    emoticon I am so sorry this is happening! About all I can offer is a (((HUG))) and to let you know I have a listening ear and supportive shoulder. **SIGH**

    Being a nurse, I know when I was diagnosed w/type 2 diabetes I just freaked out initially. Then I did the "snap out of it already!" self-slap and did my research to learn how to heal my body. That's how I handled it and got things under control (BTW, also have osteoarthritis, Hashimoto's). So, I can understand your feeling overwhelmed, very understandable!

    I will also say it is easier to be the practitioner than the patient!!! We know what we'd say to a patient, but Lord love a duck, it's hard to say it to ourselves!
    1538 days ago
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