Pseudogout is a type of joint inflammation or arthritis that normally occurs in adults (50 years old and over) and commonly targets the knees. It is usually characterized by swelling, pain and warmth of the affected area. Also, this condition can affect one or more joints simultaneously for several days. Unlike gout that primarily affects the big toe, pseudogout targets the big joints of both arms and the legs. In addition, pseudogout is caused by CPPD (Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate) crystals while gout is triggered by the build up of uric acid crystals in the joint’s surrounding tissues. There are several types of treatment of pseudogout that aims to lessen both pain and swelling of the joint. Different remedies used in the treatment of pseudogout: · Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - Ibuprofen (Motrin and Advil) - Aleve - Indocin NSAIDs produces several side effects like hypertension, stomach bleeding and kidney malfunction. These side effects are most common among older adults. It is important to talk to your physician about NSAIDs before undergoing medication to avoid risks of side effects. · Colchicine The use of colchicine is very common in the treatment of pseudogout. This is a very good alternative for people who are unable to take NSAIDs. It helps diminish swelling, pain and tenderness of the affected joint. However, it also has side effects like nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting. Bleeding can also occur in rare cases. · Joint Injection Joint injection is also a popular in the treatment of pseudogout. This is basically performed to relieve pain. In doing this procedure the doctor will insert a needle into the affected joint to take out some fluid. Once the fluid is removed, the doctor will then inject a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation. Afterwards, an anesthetic will be injected to numb the affected joint. Resting is also crucial in the treatment of pseudogout. Immobilizing the painful joint aside from taking medications helps relieve both pain and swelling. Usually, doctors require their pseudogout patients to limit their activities for three days to a week. Some cases of pseudogout are caused by hemochromatosis (joint trauma due to iron overload). In this case of pseudogout, it is best to focus on treating your hemochromatosis first to find relief. If you are suffering from recurrent attacks of pseudogout, you may want to talk to your doctor about undergoing medication for preventing future attacks. Colchicine can be prescribed by your doctor to help you prevent and treat your swollen and painful joints. Pseudogout can be prevented, treated and managed as long as you know what treatment is suited for you. To obtain more information about appropriate treatment of pseudogout it is best that you talk to your physician.
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