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Social media activist Tariq Nasheed revealed he suffers from chronic gout. Gout is a common form of arthritis that causes intense pain, inflammation and swelling in the joints.

In a video, Tariq shared that he recently underwent surgeries on his foot to debride an infected wound caused by uric acid deposits in his toe joint. He said his gout is hereditary since his father also has "very bad" gout in his foot and had to have a toe amputated.

What Causes Gout?

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Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is a normal waste product from the digestion of foods that contain high levels of purines.

Purines are normally produced in the body and are also found in foods, particularly organ meats such as liver, kidney and sweetbreads, and seafood, including shrimp, anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, tuna, mackerel and haddock.

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These foods should be avoided if you have gout. You should also reduce your alcohol intake.

What are gout attacks?

Gout attacks, also known as flare-ups, occur in waves of sudden, intense pain, redness of the joints and swelling. The pain usually wakes you up at night when the body temperature is lower. The pain intensity peaks at 24 hours and lasts for five to seven days.

After the attack subsides sufferers usually are symptom-free until the next flare up.
Gout can be acute (newly diagnosed) or chronic (longterm). Chronic gout is when people experience 2 or more gout attacks per year. Some people have only short breaks between multiple gout attacks. While others may only have 2 gout attacks per year.

Who is at risk for gout?

1-2% of Americans suffer from gout. Anyone can get gout, but it is more common among older Black men in their 40s and menopausal women. Risk factors include medications, such as diuretics and cyclosporine.

Doctors believe gout is associated with kidney disease which may be undiagnosed. People who suffer from gout are unable to clear the uric acid from their bloodstream via their urine due to kidney disease. Since uric acid is not removed from the body in urine, it builds up in the blood and forms irritating crystals which are deposited in the joints.

Untreated gout can lead to kidney disease and, in rare cases, kidney failure. Some people can have high uric acid levels and never develop gout.

50% of gout attacks occur in the feet, particularly the joint at the base of the big toe, but gout can also be found in other joints, including the ankles, elbows, knees, fingers and wrists.

What are signs and symptoms of gout?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Joint may feel hot to touch
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Shiny skin over affected area
  • What is treatment for gout?

    Fortunately treatments are very effective in relieving gout pain. Ice packs can make you feel good. Also taking medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Motrin (ibuprofen), Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). Colchicine is an alternative for those who suffer from stomach ulcers and are unable to take NSAIDs. Glucocorticoids (steroids) are as effective as NSAIDs. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider for treatment that works best for you.

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    Gout (Gouty Arthritis) - WebMD

    Gout | Arthritis - CDC

    Gout - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
     

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    Rapper French Montana was transported to a hospital after he apparently suffered a severe drug reaction on Thursday.

    Police were called to the rapper's Calabasas, Calif. home at 1:30 p.m. in response to a burglary report which turned out to be a false alarm. But the cops called an ambulance after noting the rapper's deteriorating condition.

    According to published reports, L.A. County Sheriff's deputies summoned an ambulance after Montana complained of "stomach pains, nausea and an elevated heart rate."

    He was transported to a San Fernando Valley hospital, where he was treated with IV fluids.

    The 35-year-old Moroccan native was hospitalized overnight for observation.

    He is best known for his brief romantic relationships with Hollywood socialite Khloe Kardashian, 35, and rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, 50.

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    Actress Gabrielle Union, 47, celebrated Halloween by posting images of herself in a cheerleading uniform from her Bring It On movie days.

    Many of you pointed out a noticeable lump above Union's bellybutton. Your auntie is not a doctor, but the lump appears to be a supraumbilical hernia, which simply means a hernia above the bellybutton. A supraumbilical hernia should not be confused with an umbilical hernia.

    What is a supraumbilical hernia?

    According to Doctors NDTV, a supraumbilical hernia is a type of ventral or abdominal wall hernia. A supraumbilical hernia is less common than umbilical hernias that spontaneously close in some babies by age 3.

    What causes a supraumbilical hernia?

    A supraumbilical hernia is the result of a defect just above the umbilical ring muscle. The umbilical ring muscle weakens and allows fat or part of internal organs to protrude through the small hole.

    The muscle defect combined with increased intra-abdominal pressure causes the hole to increase and allows more of the organ to protrude through. Increased intra-abdominal pressure can be caused by excessive or high-intensity exercises.

    Unlike spontaneous umbilical hernias that may or may not require surgery to close, a supra-umbilical hernia usually always requires surgery to close.

    There is usually no pain or discomfort at the hernia site. Surgery can wait a few months, unless the hernia begins to grow or causes discomfort.

    How is a supraumbilical hernia treated?

    A doctor will perform routine surgery under a general anesthetic to push the protrusion back inside the abdomen and close the hole. Stitches are used to strengthen the weakness in the muscle wall.

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    Hip hop legend Doctor Dre opened up about losing his eyesight and a big toe in his battle with type 2 diabetes. Andre "Doctor Dre" Brown, pictured left, is best known for co-hosting television's Yo! MTV Raps with radio personality Ed Lover, right, in the 1980s. They are both pictured with Yo! MTV Raps weekend host Fab 5 Freddy, center.

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    Dre was tapped by MTV producer Ted Demme, center, to co-host a weekday version of the wildly popular Yo! MTV Raps weekend show. Dre was paired with Ed Lover, and the rest is hip hop history.

    Dre, of Long Island, sat down with ABC7 NY to discuss his battle with diabetes type 2, and working as a DJ, composer, talent scout, program host, actor, and book author.

    Dre said he didn't take his health and obesity seriously until he was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 in the early 2000s. He underwent weight loss surgery to improve his health and mobility.

    Dre is not totally blind, but he is legally blind due to the ravaging effects of diabetes on the ocular (eye) nerves and retinas.

    Dre said he is working with an organization to raise awareness of diabetes and to encourage Black men to take an interest in their health.

    Diabetes type 2 occurs when the body is resistant to insulin or does not produce enough insulin to push sugar (glucose) into the cells where it is burned for energy.

    People who suffer from type 2 diabetes usually seek treatment because they feel hungry or thirsty all the time, are overweight, have blurred vision, and are easily fatigued (tired).

    Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are potentially fatal if not treated early. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is reversible with medications, proper diet and exercise.

    "Diabetes is treatable [and] you can reverse the effects of it," said Dre. "You got to stay on top [of your health], and first thing I want to say is drink water! Drink water."
     

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    R. Kelly's lawyers filed court papers begging for his release from prison after his health deteriorated behind bars.

    The R&B singer/songwriter is reportedly suffering from a hiatal hernia and his physical condition is deteriorating.

    A hiatal hernia is an opening in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal organs to protrude through the diaphragm into the chest. The condition can be fatal if not treated by a surgeon.

    Every prison has medical staff and psychiatric staffs to treat patients. But a hiatal hernia can not be treated in jail.

    Lawyers for the jailed singer have filed new documents in an effort to get their client the medical help he needs behind bars.

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    In court documents, obtained by TMZ, the lawyers asked a judge to allow Kelly to be released on house arrest, where his physical condition would improve.

    They also assured the judge that the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer will not intimidate witnesses if he is released and they insist he is not a flight risk, because he doesn't currently have access to his passport.

    Kelly, 52, was arrested in Chicago earlier this year and charged with 18 new counts, including child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, kidnapping, forced labor, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.

    He is also wanted on similar charges in New York and Minnesota.

    In August, a Minnesota prosecutor charged Kelly with soliciting a minor and prostitution.

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