There are many ugly words in the English language. The ones everyone seems to hate most are words like “moist”, “hernia”, and “regurgitate”. The one I hate the most is gout. It’s a word both common and mundane, without the intimidation of AIDS or the gravity of diabetes. But it’s not just the word I hate; it’s also the pain that comes with it.
But what does this word mean? I think for many people, gout is synonymous to pain. But to be more concise, gout is a joint inflammation that occurs within a relatively short period of time. More commonly, you can feel the pain on your toes, your knees, or even your ankles; however, you may experience it in different parts of the body as well. One thing to note is that just because the pain disappears after a short while doesn’t mean that the condition goes along with it. Gout pain, which usually occurs in the feet, comes in waves. Left untreated, “gout attacks” may come more frequently or become more intense, to the point that it becomes debilitating. That’s why it’s important to seek gout treatment. The good news is that in Singapore, plenty of doctors and clinics offer effective treatment for gout.
If you’re like me then you may have the wrong assumption that gout is confined to the elderly. Let me assure you that it is not. While gout pain, particularly in the feet, is a symptom more commonly seen in senior citizens, people as young as 40 may become prone to it as well. Women tend to be more susceptible after or during menopause. It may even be genetic, but the bottom line is that it is caused by having too much uric acid in the bloodstream. You know that extra glass of wine you’ve been treating yourself to? That can cause gout. So can bacon, turkey, shrimp, and crab. It’s a sad life indeed.
If you’re one of the few people who have never experienced gout let me tell you what it feels like. Of course, it’s different for everyone but the general consensus is that having gout is like having your foot on fire. It’s a sharp pain, accompanied by swelling and redness. Needless to say, it’s not pretty. It can also be debilitating. If you have it in your feet, you may not be able to walk for a while. If you have it in your hands, you may not be able to write. Because gout can be quite common, plenty of people don’t realize how difficult it can be to live with frequent and intense attacks—random waves of pain that wash down over the affected area. It can make anyone feel irritable, frustrated, tired, or even helpless especially when you aren’t able to do activities that you used to do with such ease. To make matters worse, gout also has long-term effects if left untreated. Gout may affect your kidneys, and it can cause permanent joint damage which is even more difficult to treat when you hit middle-age.
All these and more are why seeking treatment is so important. The good news is that
Singapore has a wealth of clinics available to help with gout treatment. If you’re looking for a good one, I can point out the East Coast Podiatry clinic. They were the ones who taught me all about what gout was and how it could possibly affect me. It sounds cliche, but it’s also true: knowing about the best place for treatment is a pretty big part of the battle against any sickness.