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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Gout (Overview)

Occurs when too much uric acid gets deposited in a joint. Lifestyle factors like red meat and alcohol can play a role.


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What are the symptoms of gout?

What are the symptoms of gout?

Usually joint pain: A gout attack is one of the most severe joint pains that you can experience. The most common site is the big toe. Other symptoms of gout can be kidney stones (also painful) or chalky deposits in the skin ( painful if large and draining through the skin). Gout can cause joint deformity. The good news is that gout is a very treatable disease with dietary changes and medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Gout (Overview)

Occurs when too much uric acid gets deposited in a joint. Lifestyle factors like red meat and alcohol can play a role.


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What are the tests for gout?

What are the tests for gout?

Blood work: Blood work for uric acid level is the most common. A joint aspiration could also be done with sending the material to the lab to see if crystals exist. ...Read more

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Gout (Tip)

Want to get rid of painful gout, eat fresh raw foods and cut out the sausage and beer! ...See more

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What are some treatments for gout?

Gout: Control your diet to avoid foods high in purines. Limit your use of alcohol and aspirin. Get tested for food sensitivities and avoid those foods as well. Drink plenty of water. If your uric acid cannot be controlled naturally, then Allopurinol should be able to. ...Read more

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Gout (Tip)

Start allopurinol, normalize uric acid levels and you will not have to deal with gout. ...See more

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Is gout a symptom of CKD or does it cause ckd?

Is gout a symptom of CKD or does it cause ckd?

Either is possible: Gout with accompanying hyperuricemia can cause kidney disease (uric acid nephropathy). It can also be due to kidney disease, as a decline in kidney function is often associated with increased uric acid levels. Anyone with gout should have there kidney function checked regularly. A nephrologist is usually skilled to detect which is the primary disorder. ...Read more

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Gout (Tip)

Treatment with Allopurinol or uloric is mandatory for virtually all patients! ...See more

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What are the symptoms of gout?

Usually joint pain: A gout attack is one of the most severe joint pains that you can experience. The most common site is the big toe. Other symptoms of gout can be kidney stones (also painful) or chalky deposits in the skin ( painful if large and draining through the skin). Gout can cause joint deformity. The good news is that gout is a very treatable disease with dietary changes and medications. ...Read more

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What are telltale signs of gout?

What are telltale signs of gout?

Swollen joint: A hot red swollen joint what comes on rather suddenly without trauma. It usually happens in the big toe joint but can happen in any joint in the body. It hurts to move or touch the joint, ice can make it feel better until you see your podiatrist for a prescription to reduce the inflamation. ...Read more

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Gout (Tip)

Reduce protein intake. Stay away from alcohol. ...See more

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Why are doctors reluctant to diagnose gout?

Why are doctors reluctant to diagnose gout?

We are not, usually.: Gout can mimic a number of other diseases including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infected joint (an emergency). While gout classically affects the big toe, it can affect other joints or many joints at once. Labs/exam may not always be enough to diagnose. The most accurate way to diagnose gout is to collect fluid from the joint and analyze it under a certain type of microscope. ...Read more

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What causes gout?

What causes gout?

Uric Acid: Accumulation of utica acid in the joints and soft tissues from high serum levels. Although genetic it can be aggravated by certain diets. ...Read more

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Husband once told by doctor he has gout but refuses to get gout blood test. I heard gout if left untreated can harm other joints, is this true?

Husband once told by doctor he has gout but refuses to get gout blood test. I heard gout if left untreated can harm other joints, is this true?

Yes: Blood tests do not diagnose gout. Finding urate crystals in joint fluid does. Failure to treat gout leads to irreversible joint damage, kidney damage and stones and arteriosclerosis. You husband is playing with fire. If he has gout he needs to be treated with daily Allopurinol to normalize the serum uric acid level and prevent these issues. ...Read more

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Gout (Tip)

You do not have to live with it. Take Allopurinol regularly to prevent attacks. ...See more

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What are the tests for gout?

Blood work: Blood work for uric acid level is the most common. A joint aspiration could also be done with sending the material to the lab to see if crystals exist. ...Read more

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