Other Conditions Treated
Gout is most likely to start in men in their 40s or 50s. Gout almost never occurs in women until they reach the menopause or if they have a kidney problem.
Gout is a form of arthritis which can be intensely painful; and it’s caused by having sodium urate crystals in your joints. These may be present for years without you knowing they are there, but on occasions they can trigger an attack of gout.
Most often the metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is affected, accounting for half of cases. Other joints, such as the heels, knees, wrists, and fingers, may also be affected. Joint pain usually begins over 2–4 hours and during the night. The reason for onset at night is due to the lower body temperature at this time. Other symptoms which can occur along with the joint pain, include fatigue and a high fever.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide.
Osteoarthritis usually develops gradually, over several years, and affects a number of different joints. The cause is unknown, but it does appear more in females than males and often starts after the menopause.
For some people the symptoms of osteoarthritis are so subtle and develop over such a long time that they are hardly noticed. For others, problems may occur over a short time frame. When the overall disease process finishes, joints may look knobbly, but are usually less painful. In some cases joints become pain free and, despite their appearance, still enable you to carry out most everyday tasks.
Lupus is nine times as common in women as in men.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs.
Women aged between 40 and 60 are most likely to be diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome. Only about 1 in 13 Sjögren’s syndrome patients are men, and the condition only rarely occurs in childhood.
Sjögren’s syndrome is a condition that mainly causes a dry mouth and eyes, though it can also cause a range of other symptoms including joint pain and fatigue.
There are two types of Sjögren’s syndrome:
* Primary Sjogren’s occurs by itself.
* Secondary Sjogren’s occurs when another connective tissue disease is present.