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Medicine For Pseudogout
Depends: Some of it depends on location. Early and easy treatment can consist of ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications (motrin, alive, etc.). If the pain persists, see an orthopedic surgeon for a more detailed exam and possibly other treatments (steroid injections, surgery, etc.). ...Read more
A condition that mimics an inflammatory arthritis similar to that caused by gout. Gout is caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals and tissues and joints. In contrast, pseudogout is caused by the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and tissues. Both conditions may cause pain, redness, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints such ...Read more
Look for crystal in:
Analysis of joint fluid. Your doctor inserts a needle into your joint to extract a small sample of joint fluid for analysis with a microscope. He or she looks for cppd crystals in the fluid.
X-rays. X-rays of your knee can reveal other conditions caused by cppd crystals, such as crystal deposits in the joint cartilage (chondrocalcinosis) and joint damage. ...Read more
Similar to gout: Pseudogout involves deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals (instead of uric acid as in gout) in joints, most frequently knees and wrists. Presentation may be similar: joint pain, swelling, redness. In pts under 60y/o hyperparathyroidism or hemochromatosis should be ruled out. There is no definitive treatment, but corticosteroids injected into the affected joint may help. ...Read more
In some cases: Pseudogout refers to a type of arthritis that causes sudden episodes of joint pain and swelling. It is due to the accumulation of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues. People can inherit a predisposition to pyrophosphate accumulation and are at higher risk for disease. Other risk factors include age, iron storage problems and parathyroid gland diease. ...Read more
Pseudogout: Pseudogout mimics an inflammatory arthritis similar to that caused by gout. Gout is caused by the deposition of uric acid crystals and tissues and joints. In contrast, pseudogout is caused by the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and tissues. Both conditions may cause pain, redness, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints such as ankle or toe. ...Read more
One or two.: Unless you have primary hyperparathyroidism, which need be checked , and a low 25-oh vit d, then vitamin d3 and adequate calcium will help. Pth drives calcium into cartilage and a factor in the dx. The only other dietary issue: iron overload, hemochromatosis, must be exclude. ...Read more
Not all genetic: Pseudogout can be present for a lot of reasons besides genetic. Pseudogout is an inflamamtory arthritis caused by the deposit of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals. This can occur with age, with thyroid disease, with increased production of the parathyroid hormone - ie hyperparathyroidism, but most is unknown. These crystal accumulate in the joint and cause inflammation. ...Read more
One or two.: Unless you have primary hyperparathyroidism, which need be checked , and a low 25-oh vit d, then vitamin d3 and adequate calcium will help. Pth drives calcium into cartilage and a factor in the dx. The only other dietary issue: iron overload, hemochromatosis, must be exclude. Nsaids with low dose Colchicine will help. But treat the underlying problem, if they can be found. ...Read more
Pseudogout, like…: Gout is crystal deposition disease, usually in knee. Preventive rx is Colchicine (has many side effects that need to be discussed with fp/rheumatologist). Disease can be associated with hemochromatosis, hyperpara-thyroidism, hypophosphatasia, hypomag-nesemia, gitelman's syndrome; so managing these conditions may help prevent pseudogout attacks. ...Read more
no evidence based studies which show that stress can trigger attacks of pseudogout ..or for that matter regular gout. Both are arthritic conditions the former due to the deposition of calcium crystals in the joints the latter uric acid crystals...
There are some reports of extreme temperature triggering both types as well as other "traumatic" events!
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No, calcium is a hea: No, calcium is a health decision. Pseudogout is associated with increased deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate deposition in your cartilage, soft tissues, etc. If your body need calcium and you are not ingesting enough, your body will take it from your bones. Calcium suppleemts is not known to provoke pseudogout. ...Read more
Should i be concerned that the fluid drain from my knee was bloody and not yellowy like in the past times. What is the difference? I have pseudogout.
Traumatic tap: It was probably a traumatic tap and therefore it means nothing. ...Read more
What are the symptoms and treatment for pseudogout? My orthopedist thinks I have it in my elbow which is severely painful to bend and straighten.
Unlikely: Peeudohout virtually never involves the elbow. See a rheumatologist. Aspiration of the joint and examination of the fluid is the only certain way to diagnose pseudogout. ...Read more
My knee was drained+given a cortisone shot 7 weeks ago.Knee still painful.Could the pain be just muscle pain+ not bad pseudogout flare/arthritis/tear?
Is a collection of uric acid crystals in a joint, usually a smaller joint, and typically (but not always) the big toe joint.
Pseudogout is caused by calcium oxalate crystals. The sudden onset of pain, redness and swelling is the same, but pseudogout tends to involve larger joints like the knees and elbows. ...Read more
Not same as gout: Both gout and pseudo-gout will cause sudden, painful swelling in joints, and both are caused by deposits of crystals in the joints. However, gout is caused by uric acid crystals, and is often associated with lifestyle and dietary factors, and metabolic diseases. Pseudogout is caused by calcium pyrophosphate crystals, and is related to advancing age, history of trauma, other medical conditions. ...Read more
My orthopedist said my pathology report came back showing I have a disease known as pseudo gout. Is this serious?
My 88 year old mother has pseudo gout. Is it ok for her to take a daily 81 mg aspirin or will that more likely cause flareups ?
Very different: They're very different entities. A rheumatologist wouldn't have a lick of trouble distinguishing them . ...Read more