Thursday, September 27, 2007



Gout Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

This page presents general information on gout. To learn more about the social security disability and SSI disability evaluation system, you may follow the link above to Disability Secrets.com, or choose one of the following links that lead to pages that discuss how to qualify for disability, how to potentially improve one's chances of winning disability, the difference between SSD and SSI, and filing for disability on the basis of a mental impairment.

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What follows is basic information on Gout:

Gout is a type of arthritis that is generally caused by a congenital metabolic disorder that interferes with the body’s ability to metabolize uric acid. Gouty arthritis is characterized by the formation of Uric acid deposits known as uric acid crystals on cartilage, joints, tendons, and tissues surrounding the affected areas, resulting in redness, swelling, burning, severe pain, stiffness, and warmness.

Uric acid crystals or deposits may burst through the skin and form tophi (white chalky nodules). Tolphi seem to be a more prevalent symptom among elderly women (gout rarely affects women who are pre –menopause) who develop gout. However, statistics suggest that gout affects men more often than women. In fact, about ninety percent of all gout cases are male.

About seventy five percent of all initial gout attacks involve the big toe, but gout may occur in other areas such as the ankles, knees, spine, wrists, fingers, instep, or elbows, and it may occur in more than one area simultaneously.

Gout treatment is geared toward preventing or lessening the effects of gout. For instance, gout is often treated with immunosuppressant drugs such azathioprine, pain relievers such as ibuprofen, or glucocorticoids (injections). Severe cases of gout may require surgical intervention to correct deformed joints and tolphi removal.


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