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Gout, one of the most painful medical conditions that anyone can have is usually linked with affecting older people over the age of 40. However gout is now increasingly appearing in younger people!
I have experienced gout on a few occasions and I can tell you first hand that it is incomparable to any other feeling I have had to endure, no seriously, it was. My first encounter with gout happened when I was 19 years old and I genuinely thought that my toe was about to fall off, in fact it would have been a pain relief for me at the time if it did.
Ryan Gaze, 20, recently had his first gout attack and was stunned when he found out because he thought only elderly aged people suffered with this. “The pain in my big toe was uncomfortable and felt like I was being stabbed repeatedly in the same spot, which made it unbearable,” described Gaze.
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There are more than 2 million men and women that are affected by gout. The trigger to what causes it is uric acid. This acid builds up in the joints and forms crystals, which cause extreme pain and swelling.
Rheumatologist Doctor Robert Harris, the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation says that he used to see this form of arthritis in people over 60. However this is not the case anymore as research shows that more young people are being affected by gout as there has been a 50% increase in gout attacks.
“I’m actually seeing younger patients having more acute attacks of gout,” Dr. Harris said.
Gout is no longer just an older-person’s condition and is now becoming a younger-persons problem as well. Hopefully this will raise awareness and kickstart the campaign in preventing this awful disease from affecting our generation!