Gout Specialist

If you suffer from the needle-like pain of the inflammatory arthritic condition known as gout, come see the staff at Pure Medicine to help manage pain and minimize attacks. Dr. Jordan Pastorek and Dr. Daniel Mijares serve patients in Frisco and Dallas, Texas.

Gout

What’s gout?

Gout, a type of arthritis, develops when you have high levels of uric acid in your blood. The acid crystallizes in your joints, causing extreme pain and tenderness. It’s often accompanied by redness, swelling, and a feeling of warmth to the touch.

How do I know if I have it?

You won’t know you have gout until an attack occurs, which usually strikes at night and grows in intensity over the next day. The bout typically lasts from 2-10 days. Some 60% of people who experience a gout attack have another within the year, and 84% have an attack within 3 years.

Gone unmanaged, gout turns chronic with more frequent attacks and possible disability due to joint damage.

How can it be managed?

Gout never goes away completely, but you can revise your diet and lifestyle habits to minimize the production of uric acid that causes an attack. Dr. Mijares and Dr. Pastorek work with you to develop a customized plan that prevents long-term joint damage and frequent attacks. Pure Medicine also helps with certain medications that reduce the acute inflammation and uric acid levels to minimize discomfort.

What aggravates gout?

A diet high in red meat and shellfish may make you more susceptible to gout. Drinking more than 2 standard alcoholic drinks per day or heavy soda consumption also puts you at risk of developing the condition. You’ll want to control your weight, as obesity puts you at higher risk of developing the disease.

Who else gets gout?

Gout affects approximately 6 million Americans — 4 million are men — according to the Arthritis Foundation. If gout runs in your family or you have high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, you’re at an increased risk of developing the condition. Certain medications, such as diuretic medications, can also increase uric acid levels, leading to gout. The condition is more likely to strike when you’re over age 60, and especially in those that have undergone gastric bypass.

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