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Archive for September, 2007

Five Ways To Fight The High Blood Pressure Gout Connection

Posted in Health & Fitness on September 28th, 2007

There are many things that gout can do to your body, but you may not realize how far reaching some of the effects might be. Some who have gout have problems with high blood pressure, and gout can make that problem even worse. There are even some times when high blood pressure gout problems are one in the same. There are some things you can do to lower your blood pressure while trying to treat your gout and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Your high blood pressure gout connection might not be obvious to you at first, and you may not think that one has anything to do with the other. However, if you have both, you should at least consider they are related. High blood pressure can be dangerous, and is not something that you should ignore. Some of the most common things that you may have to deal with in regards to having high blood pressure are kidney failure, heart attack and disease, congestive heart failure, and many problems and complications with heart values and arteries. Because all of these are life threatening, it is important to find ways to keep it under control.

A healthy lifestyle can help keep your high blood pressure gout problem under control in some cases. Here are five things you can do.

- If you are carrying around extra weight, you want to see if you can lose some of it. Even ten pounds in loss can make a positive dent in your blood pressure. Losing weight is also great for those with gout, so this lifestyle change can have great benefits all around.

- Exercise is good for the body, can eliminate many problems, and can even help you feel better each day. This is also something anyone with high blood pressure gout should do. If you have problems with exercise because of your gout, talk with your doctor about which exercises would be the best for you and your overall medical condition.

- Those who smoke, drink, or chew tobacco should stop. Both are bad for gout and for high blood pressure, so eliminating them can greatly improve health. You may have a hard time quitting right away, but don’t give up. You’ll thank yourself later.

- Watch your diet if you have high blood pressure gout problems. You should eat a lower purine diet, and you should also be sure that you watch your sodium levels. Sodium is found in many foods, but you can now find reduced sodium versions of many of them. This will help lower your blood pressure along with lowering the amount of uric acid in your body.

- Some people should eliminate some caffeine from their daily routine. Some studies suggest that caffeine in coffee has no affect on high blood pressure, but it does when it comes from a can of soda. No one is really sure why. If you drink a lot of soda, go for caffeine and sugar free, and if you think caffeine might still be a problem, lower the amounts you get from coffee as well.

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Quick Relief For Your Gout Joint Symptom Discomfort

Posted in Health & Fitness on September 21st, 2007

Gout can bring about a number of unpleasant side effects, but the most common complaint is joint pain. This pain can be mild at times, but for many, a flare up means they can’t walk, and moving in any position is painful. This means the most common thing gout sufferers want to know is how they can manage their gout joint symptom and pain that comes their way.

Prevention is key, but there are times when preventative measures won’t work. In those cases, there has to be something that can be done to get rid of or at least lessen the pain.

Gout pain is a direct result of high levels of uric acid in the body leading to deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints. The kidneys process uric acid but they can not always keep up especially when there is just too much of it.

Someone who is a heavy drinker or eats foods rich in purine, for example, is going to have a bigger problem with uric acid build up and are therefore more likely to suffer from gout. The kidneys will focus on clearing out the alcohol, and the uric acid secondly or they become overwhelmed by the amount of uric acid. That means levels will build up dramatically. When that happens, the uric acid has to find somewhere to go.

Excess uric acid forms crystals, and those crystals have a special place they like to go. The most common spot is in the toe joint but deposits can occur in other joints of the body.

This causes pain, tenderness, and inflammation. If you think about your joints, you know they are normally cushioned with fluids that allow them to move freely without much friction. Imagine sharp crystals forming there instead – this gives you a good idea why gout is so painful and why the sufferer often seeks immediate relief.

When the first gout joint symptom appears, most want to do something right away. Left untreated a normal bout of gout will least from a week to ten days. You can take a NSAID right away. This is a pain reliever that will also help with inflammation and swelling, allowing some flexibility in the joint. Make sure you chose a pain reliever that also tackles inflammation, like ibuprofen, as painrelievers like aspirin can actually make gout symptoms worse by inhibiting uric acid excretion.

When the attack is severe, there are other options for immediate relief. Some doctors will give an injection of corticosteroid. This is a steroid and will work almost immediately. However, this is not something that can be used too often as it can weaken the joint tissues and surrounding bones and can lead to other problems in the future.

There are other steps that can be taken by the patient when they are experiencing pain. Trying to relax the area and keeping the joint elevated is always a good idea. If the muscles around the joint are relaxed, there won’t be as much tension on the area, and thus less pain.

If you can stand the pain of weight on your joint, try applying some crushed ice wrapped in a towel. Keep on the joint for 10 minutes and repeat as necessary. This should help to soothe the pain as it has numbing effect.

Alternatively try a charcoal poultice. Mix together 1/2 cup of powdered activated charcoal and 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and add hot water (not boiling) to form a paste. Gently apply to the swollen joint and cover it so it stays in place. You can either leave this on overnight or change about every 4 hours during the day. Beware, charcoal stains anything it touches so use old bedsheets or wear old clothes and take care with furniture and carpets.

Drinking plenty of water or herbal tea helps to dilute uric acid levels in the blood and aids the kidneys in flushing out the excess amounts.

Staying off the effected joint can also help, though this is not always something someone can to do. Learning to manage lifestyle is important to lessen the times when a gout joint symptom will occur. Take time to learn to modify diet and lifestyle so the attacks are fewer and further apart is the best way to deal with them is to prevent them in the first place.

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Identifying The Cause For High Uric Acid Level In Gout Patients

Posted in Health & Fitness on September 14th, 2007

If you have gout, you are probably aware that you have high levels of uric acid in your body. What you probably don’t know is why this is a problem for you when it could so easily happen to anyone. For some reason, some people are more prone to the problem. When that happens, they usually wonder what is the cause for high uric acid level in his or her individual case.

High levels of uric acid is referred to as a condition called Hyperuricemia. The body – and the kidneys in particular - are responsible for flushing the excess uric acid from the system. When the acid is not removed as it should be, that is when gout usually occurs.

Uric acid has to have somewhere to go, and the body, not knowing what to do with it, deposits it in the joints where crystals form, causing pain and inflammation. Although sometimes, excess uric acid can accumulate in the kidneys, leading to painful kidney stones.

One of the big reasons why you may have gout is because other members of your family have it. It appears to be genetic in some cases. If your dad has it, you are at higher risk for getting it too. That means you should take preventative measures if you can.

Weight can also be a huge contributing factor. If you are overweight, you have a higher likelihood of developing gout. Losing weight can lower your chances for having problems with excess uric acid build up.

What you eat and what you drink can also lead to problems with gout. Foods that are high in purines are often the biggest culprit when it comes to dietary causes. Though much of the blame is laid on high purine animal proteins, some have stepped back from that saying that though they are problematic, it’s more a combination of a lot of the wrong foods.

Those who drink alcohol are also at a higher risk too. When the kidneys have to process the alcohol, it can not concentrate on expelling uric acid. That can lead to a build up, and a heavy drinking binge usually precedes a painful flare up. A low level of potassium is also a problem for some sufferers.

It is not always clear why, but high levels of uric acid can be associated with high blood pressure and other heart conditions.

There are also some medications that can raise the levels within the body. If you already have gout, or you think you are high risk to get it some time in the future, you should talk to your doctor about an alternative if you are given a medication known to raise levels of uric acid. There may be other things you can take, though that is not always the case. It will depend on your condition and your treatment options.

If you are diagnosed with gout, or you are told that you are a candidate for developing it in the future, you can probably trace the reasons back to one of causes mentioned above. The cause for high uric acid level in some people can be made up by a combination of a few of them. If you know you are at risk, starting early with a modified diet can help you, and you should think twice before you drink a lot of alcohol. Share your concerns with your doctor, and ask them for tips to help you possibly prevent gout in the future.

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Why Your Acid Reflux And Sinus Problems May Be Connected

Posted in Health & Fitness on September 10th, 2007

Acid reflux symptoms are hard to miss. The burning and discomfort can sometimes be mistaken for other things, but for the most part, those who suffer know exactly what is going on, and usually why it is happening. However, they may be experiencing secondary conditions that are painful and irritating, but what they don’t know is that these conditions can be a result of leaving GERD unchecked and untreated. Few realize that acid reflux and sinus problems can be related.

Most people know that acid reflux is where acid from the stomach splashes back up into the esophagus and eats away at the delicate tissues. That leads to pain and damage in the area.

What isn’t so well known is that this acid can reach up as far as the sinus cavities in the head. When that happens, sinus problems will ensue.

The most common symptoms are pain and pressure in the sinus cavities. When this happens, sufferers usually have no idea that their GERD is the cause, and that by getting it under control, they may lessen the severity of sinus problems, if not eliminate them all together.

The most obvious way to relieve sinus problems associated with GERD is to get the acid reflux under control. There are a number of medications your doctor can prescribe that can help, and the ones that usually work the best are proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s).

PPI’s stop acid from being produced within the stomach. Some will still be there to help digest foods, but the excess will be stopped. The idea is to allow the esophagus a chance to heal and greatly lowers the possibility of acid seeping up into the throat and sinuses. PPI’s can be bought over-the-counter, but doctors can prescribe a stronger version for those with really bad GERD symptoms.

If you’re not keen on taking medication then relief might be found for acid reflux and sinus problems simply by changing the way you sleep at night. Even when taking medications, you can still have some problems in this area.

Try sleeping with your head and chest elevated at least six inches from the bottom half of your body. Stacking pillows can work, but using a dedicated ‘wedge pillow’ or lifting the mattress so the entire top half of the torso is elevated is generally more comfortable. You could also try putting blocks under the head end of the bed, but make sure whatever you use is secure. Elevating you head and chest possibly won’t stop acid reflux entirely, but gravity can do wonders for keeping acid down and in the stomach where it belongs.

Along with medications and changing your sleeping position, you can also alter your diet to avoid foods that seem to give you the most problem. Common triggers are spicy foods, fatty foods, and foods that are slow to digest.

After having acid reflux for a while, most people become aware of what foods do them the most harm and which ones leave them feeling relatively good. By focusing on the foods that cause the least pain and discomfort, the sinuses might feel some relief from the erosion and pain.

Even when acid is under control, damage already done to the sinuses can cause problems. This is why you should seek simple treatments for acid reflux and sinus problems. Some relief can be found with humidifiers and saline nasal sprays. These can calm and soothe by adding moisture back into the damaged areas of the sinuses. If nothing seems to help and your sinus problems seem to be getting worse rather than better, it might be time to talk with your doctor about more aggressive treatment. In the meantime, see if the small changes listed above offer you at least some measure of relief.

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Managing Gout And Uric Acid Kidney Stones

Posted in Health & Fitness on September 8th, 2007

Gout is painful enough, with uric acid forming crystals in the joints, but there are other ‘side effects’ that can happen as well. These can be equally painful in many different ways, if not more so. Some people with gout end up with kidney stones, and if you know someone who has had them, you can figure out just how painful they can be by asking them how they managed. If you have gout, you may want to know how to fight off or deal with uric acid kidney stones that can form in your body.

Though calcium kidney stones are the most common, those with gout are at risk from kidney stones formed from an excess of uric acid. This means in order to prevent stones from forming, you have to watch your levels of uric acid.

You may already be doing this, but if you are not, this is all the more incentive for you to do so. Keeping animal proteins out of the diet as much as possible can do this, but there are other foods that can raise uric acid levels as well. It is a good idea to find a good gout diet and follow it to the letter if you want to avoid uric acid kidney stones.

As you’re probably already aware, excess uric acid in the body will form crystals that are deposited in the joints because it has no where else to go. As you may have guessed, it can also form the kidney stones. If you already have them, you have to work on getting rid of them, and then avoiding them in the future. Getting them out of your body is the hard, and sometimes, very painful part.

Some doctors will tell you two things if you are having a problem with uric acid kidney stones. One would be to drink more water along with following a low purine diet.

You should strive for at least 12 eight ounce glasses of water a day, or more if you can. That keeps your urine diluted, and lowers the risk of the crystals forming into a stone in your kidneys. This is a good idea no matter what your state of health, even if you don’t have gout. However, in this case, it is essential that you try and drink as much as you can. Please note, your water consumption should be spread out throughout the day and not just gulped in one or two sittings.

Another option is to take a medication called Polycitra K. Your doctor can tell you more about it. It is often taken when potassium levels are too low in the body, and the uric acid levels, as a result, are climbing. This medication should help stop the uric acid crystals from forming in the kidney before there is a problem.

If you already have kidney stones due to excess uric acid, what will happen next will be up to your doctor. The methods used for elimination often depend on your state of health, the size of the stones, and other considerations. There are times when the stones can be zapped with a laser, or similar device, so they break apart and will not be quite as painful when they come out, but there are also times when that is not possible, and they will have to be passed whole. Your doctor can help you with pain management, and plans to keep this from happening to you again in the future.

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