Gout is a condition that can be extremely painful and can strike without warning. This surprises a lot of people since gout is actually a form of arthritis. We tend to associate arthritis with conditions that come on over time and affect the people who have them in different ways throughout the rest of their lives.
Gout is different to other types of arthritis. In this situation it is caused by uric acid. This is normally excreted from the body via the kidneys. However in some people too much of this acid is produced. This means the excess acid can cause crystals to build up in the body. This happens around the joints that are affected by gout – the big toe is commonly a site where this happens. Over the space of several years the crystals build up until they are able to cause swelling and pain in that particular joint. There is no way of knowing this is happening until the consequences become obvious.
For example you might end up with swollen and red and painful joints, or you might have bone or cartilage damage. A proper diagnosis can enable you to make changes to your lifestyle that will reduce the odds of suffering an attack in the future.
What would your life be like if there was a failure to diagnose gout?
Gout can attack a person in a very short space of time. This means that if you have not been diagnosed with it you could experience a very severe attack of gout without warning, without even knowing what it is. Since an attack can last anything from three days to 10 days, it can affect your life profoundly. A failure to diagnose gout can be upsetting and can affect your life in many different ways, as you can imagine.
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While we do offer no-obligation advice to those who have been involved in an accident, we also offer advice to those who have been involved in medical negligence cases. If we believe there was a failure to diagnose gout in your case we can provide no-obligation advice that could help you launch a no win, no fee* case in your situation. Why not call our free 24/7 enquiry line now on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about our services and what we could do to help you get through your situation?
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim