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I’ve Got Gout – In the Elbow?


Have you ever had gout? If the answer is no, then consider yourself very lucky, and if the answer is yes, then welcome to the select club of people who don’t really want to be members, but all share a painful similarity. Although most people when they think of gout think of a painful foot, more specifically, a painful big toe, the reality is that gout has the potential to affect other areas as well, and one that is of growing concern is in the elbow.

Before you ask, the answer is yes, you can get gout in the elbow, however, there is probably some more you should know. First off, that red, swelling and painful thing known as gout that you think you can only get in your foot, can happen in other places. And although rare, the elbow is one.

But what exactly is gout in the elbow?

Gout is what is known as a complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone, although it seems to impact men more than women. However, it should be noted that doctors are seeing an increase in gout cases in postmenopausal women, although the cause is as of yet unknown.

When a gout attack occurs in the affected joint, or in this case, the elbow, it will usually present itself as a sudden pain, usually accompanied by swelling and a sensation of heat. It is also common for the joint to become tender and extremely sensitive to the weight being applied to it. These feelings are the result of an accumulation of urate crystals, which directly cause the inflammation and pain. So what causes it?

There are a number of factors that influence the onset of gout:

Age – gout normally affects people over the age of 40, with the peak age occurring around 75.

Diet – excessive alcohol consumption, consuming fructose-based drinks, and certain seafood and red meat can lead to an increase of uric acid in the blood and thus, contribute to gout.

Being Overweight – people with a BMI of 35 increases the likelihood of gout threefold.

Certain Medical Conditions – certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease and others can alter the production of uric acid.

Family History – if you have family members that have also suffered from gout, then the likelihood of you experiencing the condition increases.

Trauma – injured joints, either from trauma or surgery are much more apt to developing gout.