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Our current gout trial is for individuals between the ages of 18-85 who have a history of presence of gout. If you are unsure if you have this condition, we offer health screenings at our office. You are compensated for your time, and you are provided thousands of dollars in medical care free of charge. There are no overnight visits and we offer flexibility in scheduling your clinic appointments.
Gout is a form of arthritis. It is the body's reaction to irritating crystal deposits in the joints due to an excess of uric acid in the blood.
The pain from Gout can be intense, but treatment usually works very well. Mild cases may be controlled by diet alone. Recurring attacks of gout may require long-term medication to prevent damage to bone and cartilage and deterioration of the kidneys.
Chronic gout sufferers may feel tiny, hard lumps accumulating over time in the soft flesh of areas such as the hands, elbows, feet, or earlobes. These deposits, called tophi, are concentrations of uric acid crystals and can cause pain and stiffness over time. If similar deposits form in the kidneys, they can lead to painful and potentially dangerous kidney stones.
More than 2 million Americans suffer from gout. Gout occurs more often in men than in women. Men usually develop it between the ages of 30 and 50.
Causes and Symptoms
An excess of uric acid in the blood brings on gout. Uric acid comes from two places -- produced by the body and from the diet. Any extra uric acid usually filters through the kidneys and gets passed in urine. If the body produces too much uric acid or fails to excrete it in the urine, crystals of sodium urate form in the joints and tendons. These crystals cause intense inflammation leading to pain swelling and redness.
The most common factor that increases your chance of gout and gout attacks is excess consumption of alcohol, mainly beer. It used to be known as "the disease of kings" since it was mainly seen in wealthy men who drank and ate too much. Now we know it can occur in anyone and can be associated with injury or surgical procedures, hospitalizations, periods of stress, or reactions to fatty meals and certain drugs such as antibiotics. Susceptibility to gout is often inherited and is often associated with other common illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Repeat attacks of gout are common if the body's uric acid level is not kept under control.
Symptoms of gout usually strike unexpectedly. Symptoms of a gout attack may include:
- Sudden, intense pain in a joint, typically the big toe or ankle, sometimes the knee, hand, or wrist
- Swelling, inflammation, and a feeling that the joint is very hot
- Extreme tenderness of the joint to even the lightest touch
- Red or purple skin around the joint
- In extreme cases, alternating chills and fever
If you have been diagnosed with gout or suffer from symptoms similar to gout, contact us today to learn more about our current study opportunities for this diagnosis.
Call us at (701) 232-7705 or toll-free at (866) 532-7705
Signup online or email our recruiter at recruiter(at)lillestolresearch(dot)com.
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