Is Ralph Gonsalves suffering from gout?

Gonsalves has gout?

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is afflicted with a case of gout. If correct, this is unfortunate. But, what is gout?

Gout is a kind of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the joints.  Acute gout is a painful condition that typically affects one joint. Chronic gout is repeated episodes of pain and inflammation, which may involve more than one joint.

Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid in the body. The body may make too much uric acid, or have a hard time getting rid of uric acid. If too much uric acid builds up in the fluid around the joints (synovial fluid), uric acid crystals form. These crystals cause the joint to swell up and become inflamed.

The exact cause of gout is unknown. Gout may run in families. It is more common in males, postmenopausal women, and people who drink alcohol. People who take certain medicines,  may have higher levels of uric acid in the blood. The condition may also develop in people with diabetes, kidney disease and obesity.

Symptoms of acute gouty attacks

  • Symptoms develop suddenly and usually involve only one or a few joints. The big toe, knee, or ankle joints are most often affected.
  • The pain frequently starts during the night and is often described as throbbing, crushing, or excruciating.
  • The joint appears warm and red. It is usually very tender (it hurts to lay a sheet or blanket over it).
  • There may be a fever.
  • The attack may go away in several days, but may return from time to time. Additional attacks usually last longer.

After a first gouty attack, people will have no symptoms. Some people will go months or even years between gouty attacks. Some people may develop chronic gouty arthritis, but others may have no further attacks. Those with chronic arthritis develop joint deformities and loss of motion in the joints. They will have joint pain and other symptoms most of the time.

Whether or not the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is afflicted with this condition, it is not clear.  However, he continues to show visible signs of failing health.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by STEVE _ HUGGINS on May 3, 2012 at 1:31 am

    yuh mean the CUCUMBER HEEL ??

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  2. Posted by gyalist for life on December 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    PM NEED TO STOP SITTING DOWN AN GETT UP GO RUN LOLOLOL

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  3. Posted by Peter on October 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Those are not Gonsalves feet, one of his feet has a deformity. Don’t ask him if they are his feet, he hasn’t seen them for years.

    Plus his feet smell very strong and putrid, a professional photographer would die from fumes, so it is very obvious these are not his feet.

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  4. Posted by Saadiss on June 23, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Historically, Gout was known as the “RICH MAN’S DISEASE” due to the claim of overindulgence of food and drinks. One can easily say the PM is clearly guilty of “conspicuous consumption”.
    The first thing the PM needs to do is to loose some phucking weight!!! The man stomach is huge! You know things are phucked up WHEN YOU LIE DOWN AND CAN’T SEE YOUR DICK. I promised myself not to ever reach that stage in life. The PM HAS NEGLECTED HIS HEALTH AND NOW IS PAYING THE PRICE, lets hope for his sake and his family that he take the necessary steps to regain good health.

    But you know what is funny about all this…not that sickness is a laughing matter….but this is some funny coincidence….Hugo Chavez is missing in action due to some mystery illness….could it be that Hugo Chavez, is suffering from Gout too? Birds of a feather…lol

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    • Posted by Yvonne on June 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Saadis, Hugo had surgery done in Cuba — so he is on sick leave!!!! Our P.M just cannot control his unethical eating behaviour even in most honorable House he eats from a bag all the time!!!!

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