Gout vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Presence of symptoms affecting the whole body (systemic) Chills and a mild fever along with a general feeling of malaise may also accompany the severe pain and inflammation Dull pain and inflammation Frequent fatigue (afternoon), stiffness, ulnar deviation, muscle atrophy, swelling of the knuckles , synovial Thickness complications: joint fail, depression, Osteoporosis, infections surgical complications
Associated symptoms Tophi may form.These are large masses of uric acid crystals, which gets collected in the joints and damage it.They also gets collected in the bone and cartilage, such as in the ears. Frequent feelings of "being sick inside," with fevers, weight loss, or involvement of other organ systems. carpal tunnel Extra-articular manifestations: nodules, vasculitis, pulmonary, cardiac, skin (vasculitis), eye (sjorgen's syndrome, scleritis
Disease Process metabolic desease chronic Autoimmune
Treatment NSAIDs,Colchicine, steroids, Urocosuric NSAIDs, Steroids (Prednisone), DMARDs (Methotrexate), Antimalarial (Plaquenil), Corticosteriods,
Gender more common in men in women after menopause Affects more women than men
Diagnosis serum uric acid levels 1- Anemia (ferratin, ion. ion binding capacity) 2- bone (inc ALP) 3- Inflammatory markers (C reactive protein and ESR)
Pattern of joints that are affected Joint of the big toe most commonly affected. other joints affected are of ankle, heel, knee, wrist, fingers, elbow etc. Symmetrical - often affects small and large joints on both sides of the body, such as both hands, both wrists or elbows, or the balls of both feet,
Age of onset usually over 35 yrs of age in men and after menopause in females 35-45 years old
speed of onset sudden onset Rapid, within a year
Cause deposition of uric acid around joints Classified as an autoimmune disease, No real known cause.-Connection between environmental and genetic factors;female reproductive hormones
Joint symptoms joints are hot, red swollen and extremely painful Joints are painful, swollen, and stiff; affects joints symmetrically; affects smaller joints such as hands & ankles. Systemic with exacerbations and remissions

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease in which your own immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, causing inflammation that damages your joints.

On the other hand, gout results from deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid in connective tissue, joint spaces, or both. These deposits lead to inflammatory arthritis, causing swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joints. Gout accounts for about 5% of all cases of arthritis.

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edit Location of joints involved

With RA, inflammation generally occurs in the knuckles and at the joints closest to your hands, nearer the base of your fingers. On the other hand, gout usually affects the joints in the big toe.Some other parts that could get affected by gout are ankle, heel, knee, wrist, fingers, elbow etc.

edit Prevalence

Adult men, particularly those between the ages of 40 and 50, are more likely to develop gout than women, who rarely develop the disorder before menopause. People who have had an organ transplant are more susceptible to gout. On the other hand, RA is much more common in women.

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Anonymous comments (4)

August 19, 2013, 4:10am

I don't know witch one I have but I hurts like hell, in my right big toe.

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December 23, 2010, 12:39pm

very good difference. now i am clear about the differences.

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December 30, 2010, 1:51pm

At 43yrs of age (female) Ive had RA now for 9yrs, have had recent developing etra pain in both of my feet, had my questions of the two RA & Gout, even with erays from my RA Doc. after reading this important information, I am clear is to what I trully have, & will continue to follow boh my body and Doctors orders...thanks (Lisa, Mphs, TN)

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January 22, 2010, 2:29pm

The differences given here are really very good .After reading these all my doubts have been cleared .

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