Do You Have Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, usually the joint at the base of the big toe. Men are more likely to have this type of arthrits, but women become increasingly susceptible after menopause. It is caused by uric acid in the blood that deposit as crystals in the joints and triggers the body’s inflammatory immune response. The buildup of uric acid can also be very harmful to your joints even if you are not currently having symptoms.
An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it may seem intolerable. Since gout is a type of arthritis, the inflammation it creates, can result in blood clots that can cause a heart attack or even a stroke.
Fortunately, it is treatable, and there are ways to reduce the risk that will recur.
Albuquerque Clinical Trials is conducting a research study to evaluate an investigational medication in the treatment of gout. In order to participate in the study, patients must meet the following criteria:
- Male and female patients, aged 18 years or older
- At least 3 gout flares within the past year
- To sign up for this study go to our Participant Sign Up Form