Neurological case study * nursing expert * 1 to 2 pages
The neurological and musculoskeletal pathophysiologic processes that would account for the patient presenting these symptoms could be due to an acute gout attack. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which can lead to accumulation of crystals in the joints that causes inflammation and pain. The elevated sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) indicate an inflammatory response, which is common with gout attacks.
Any racial/ethnic variables that may impact physiological functioning could include genetic factors related to heritability of higher levels of uric acid, as well as lifestyle factors such as diet, activity level and access to healthcare. Other potential variables would include cultural beliefs about health, access to medications for controlling hypertension or diabetes if needed, compliance with medical advice due to language barriers or lack of education on treatment options available.