Gout is a type of arthritis which generally affects the joints at the end of the extremities like the fingers, toes, and ankles. The build-up of uric acid forms crystals in the joints and causes excruciating pain and severe swelling. Men over the age of 30 are more likely to develop the condition than women, but post-menopausal women can contract the illness. Overall, gout is more common in men. People with diets high in alcohol, red meat, and shellfish may be more likely to experience these symptoms of gout than those with a balanced and healthy nutritional profile.
One of the most pronounced symptoms of gout is extreme pain. Arthritis is already a condition that causes chronic discomfort, but the excess uric acid in the joints that form crystals can be debilitating. Some people with gout report that it's difficult to perform everyday activities like walking around the house. Others comment that the weight of a light blanket on the area affected by gout is too painful to withstand.
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