Archive for August 30, 2011
Causes Of Gout
Gout is an illness that is quite common in our society. It is caused by the high level of uric acid in our body from high intake of purines found in red meat, animal organs like liver and also othe food like tomatoes, nuts and seeds.
If the level of uric acid in the body is too high, it can cause accumulation of uric acid in the form of crystals in and around the joints, especially in the big toe. This will result in some pain in the affected joint and create difficulty in normal activities such as walking or driving a car.
The accumulation of uric acid, which can also be due to high stress levels, may also cause the formation of uric acid stones or calcium containing stones in the kidneys and affect their functin.
To prevent gout from occurring, you should:
- Avoid eating too much meat or foods high in purine
- Drink lots of water
- Take medication that can help to relieve gout, as prescribed by the doctor
- Exercise regularly to increase blood flow through your body
- Increase your intake of fibre and
- Manage your stress level
Pain in the chest
Did you ever feel pain in your chest then towards the left? After a few days, the pain has moved to the centre. You may wondering ‘Is this wind or heartburn?’.
Thee are varius causes for any pain in the chest, ranging from musculoskeletal problems to possibly heart or lung issues, as well as stress and over anxiety. Such complaints should be taken seriously and it’s important to note the nature and duration of the pain as well as it’s severity, plus any aggravating or relieving factors.
Only your doctor can diagnose the true cause of the chest pain. Feel free to get a second opinion if you’re nit convinced of the first diagnosis.
The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice.