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I just learned today that I have gout. Turning over a new leaf.Step 1?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Evaluation

Gout is a symptom complex due to elevated uric acid in the blood and the precipitation of monosodium urate crystals in the tissue and joints causing the gout attack.
There are lifestyle things such as decreased alcohol intake and medications depending on the type of gout you have. There are more reasons than one to cause the elevated uric acid.

In brief: Evaluation

Gout is a symptom complex due to elevated uric acid in the blood and the precipitation of monosodium urate crystals in the tissue and joints causing the gout attack.
There are lifestyle things such as decreased alcohol intake and medications depending on the type of gout you have. There are more reasons than one to cause the elevated uric acid.
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
But, first assure that the diagnosis is gout - either by identification of crystals removed joint or masses (tophi) or classic x-ray changes, not just elevated serum (blood) uric acid level
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Lifestyle modify

Weight loss, exercise, avoiding beer, crustaceans and meats like liver, kidney, brain, gizzard etc.

In brief: Lifestyle modify

Weight loss, exercise, avoiding beer, crustaceans and meats like liver, kidney, brain, gizzard etc.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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Dr. John Goldman
You need a definition as to why you have it. Gout is a symptom but it can be genetic or can occur due to other causes amd medications. Your evaluation will help clarify the etiology and what medications you need. Life style is important and you can build upon it with a specific medical program.
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