Gout is a complex health condition that is often misdiagnosed. If you have been confirmed as suffering from gout, it is important to ask your doctor to clarify that you truly have gout, or if your condition is related to pseudogout. In understanding your actual diagnosis, you can determine if the pseudogout diet is the right diet for your nutritional needs.
Pseudogout is a health complication that mimics gout but is typically not associated with uric acid complications. Instead, pseudogout is related to joint inflammation and joint pain caused by changes in calcium formation within the joint synovial fluid – the development of pseudogout crystals. When these changes occur, a diet is often used to change the levels of calcium build up in an effort to offset the accumulation in the joint fluid.
Because pseudogout is related to an arthritic complication involving calcium deposits, you will want to avoid eating foods that contribute to inflammation and swelling in these same joints. Unfortunately, there are few foods that can offset the calcium development but minimizing your calcium consumption will be important. By combining anti-inflammatory type foods with foods that are low in calcium, you can manage the complications of pseudogout more effectively and reduce pseudogout crystals formation.
When your doctor refers to a pseudogout diet as a nutritional lifestyle you should consider, the recommendation is typically advising that you should avoid certain foods and beverages. Eating foods that are spicy, high in fat, and foods or beverages that contain alcohol, will all cause inflammation to occur. It is important, therefore, that you manage your pseudogout, with a pseudogout diet, that removes these items.
While regular testing of your uric acid and calcium deposit levels will be recommended with pseudogout, you can typically tell whether or not your pseudogout diet is effectively working. With pain and swelling as a common indicator of pseudogout, the presence of these symptoms signifies that further modifications to your food and beverage intake should be considered. With the right combination of food, drink, and medications, you will ultimately find that your health will vastly improve in the short term as well as the long term.
Sources: Say Goodbye to Knee Pain, by Marian Betancourt