Dr Omondi Oyoo, Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at Aga Khan University Hospital. PHOTO | COURTESY
Anyone who has suffered from gout will tell you that it is a very painful experience. It is also very common especially among people who eat too much meat and drink alcohol, the popular nyama choma culture in Kenya.
According to Dr Omondi Oyoo, Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at Aga Khan University Hospital, gout is a condition characterised by pain and swelling of joints resulting from high concentration of uric acid in the blood.
He explained, “In people with gout, instead of the uric acid being excreted through the kidneys into the urine, a disorder in their bodies causes the uric acid level to increase forming crystals which are deposited in joints and other tissues. These needle-like crystals trigger an immune response that produces intense local inflammation with severe pain, swelling and tenderness especially in the big toe.”
MOST PAINFUL DISEASE
“Gout has been described as one of the most painful rheumatic diseases. When left untreated, the condition often worsens due to excess build-up of uric acid in joints. Attacks may subside after a few days, but over time they can keep recurring and cause severe arthritis, permanent joint damage, and even kidney disease.” (…)
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