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Tell me at what figure of blood uric acid level a person can be called gout?

See below. There's no specific level that defines gouty arthritis. If a person suffers from a gouty attack, they're said to have the illness irrespective of the uric acid level. Read more...
No set value. Gout should not be diagnosed with a uric acid level. Gout should be diagnosed by aspirating fluid from a flaring joint and sent to lab to look for crystals. Patients can have a uric acid as high as 10 and still not have any gout attacks while some may have a s low as 7 and still get attacks. That said though, the higher the uric acid, the more likely one will develop gout. Read more...
Highlevel predispose. Gout can occur where serum uric acid levels are as low as 6 mg/dl but an individual can have serum values as high as 9.6 mg/dl and not have gout. Depending on the lab normal range any level above 8 mg/dl is called hyperurecemia. The higher the level of uric acid the more likely you are to experience a gout attack but not necessarily. Read more...

I high uric acid 8 in my blood and I start have pain in my feet and I think I have gout already?

In both feet? To have gout attacks in multiple areas at a time is unusual. Gout attacks do cause an increased activity in your inflammatory cells, i.e. Your white blood cells and this could cause pain in other areas of your body as the circulate. Having a uric acid level of 8 does not mean you have a gout attack, but does suggest you have the metabolic condition of decreased purine metabolism(gout). Read more...
See below. Gout on occasion can present with symmetric polyarthritis, but an elevated uric acid does not alone diagnose gout. Being a male, you are more apt to have an asymptomatic uric acid elevation. See a rheumatologist to see what is going on with your feet as you could have something else going on. Read more...

I recently had some blood work done and was told I'm at increased risk for gout. My uric acid level was at 9.3 mg/dl. I'm in my early twenties. What lifestyle changes do I need to make?

You should. eat less protein , avoid alcohol , drink plenty of fluids , do not get dehydrated . Is a serious metabolic disorder often ignored , uric acid may get deposited on vital structures like eye , heart , kidneys etc leading to serious consequences , speak to your doctor if you need medications to keep the levels down. Read more...
Get the Gout Out. The first thing that I would do is have a repeat uric acid level done. You seem a little young to fit the profile for gout. Having said that, the uric acid level can not be relied upon to answer the question of gout. That is done by analysis of joint fluid. The reasons for an elevated uric acid are many and since the consequences of can be serious, you really need to be evaluated by a specialist. Read more...
I'd just watch it. Most guys with uric acid in this range never get clinical gout. If you drink much alcohol, cut back. Eating huge amounts of organ meat presents a theoretical risk. That's really about it. If your big toe died get super sore all of a sudden, we can manage it. Read more...
You have gout! With a uric acid level of 9.3 mg/dl not only are you at increased risk for gout...YOU HAVE IT! You need to , avoid beer and grain liquors, red meat, lamb and pork, organ meats, such as liver, kidneys and sweetbreads, seafood, especially shellfish, like shrimp, lobster, mussels, anchovies and sardines. A quick internet search will tell you much more. Read more...
I would recommend. taking the medication to lower the uric acid. it is very difficult to change the lifestyle and have it work. Alternatively, look online for lists of foods you would have to avoid and try it for 3 months -6 months to see if the levels got any better. Read more...

Went to see a gp last week, blood test shows high uric acid. My gp says it's not gout, but the pain at both my feet won't go away...Why is this so?

Gout. Gout can cause pain in your big toe as well as your feet, ankles, knees, hands & wrists (and more). It can also be bilateral. I will refer this question to dr. Namey, to get an expert opinion for you. Take care. Read more...
A few things. Hyperuricemia is present in more than gout. To definitively diagnose gout, you need to aspirate the joint and look at the crystals under a polarized microscope. On x-ray, a + martel's sign is distinctive in gout. Also if you take colchicine, and your pain is relieved you can presumptively diagnose gout. Most cases of gout involve one joint, but this is not an absolute. Read more...

My dad has a swollen foot. Doctor told him he's a gout but a blood test shows his uric acid level as normal. Is it possible? What to do?

Yes. During an acute attack it is actually common to have normal uric acid levels. The excess uric acid has precipitated and firmed crystals which have lodged in the foot. Read more...
See below. A uric acid level can be high, low, or normal in gout but it can also be high, low, or normal when one does not have gout. When in doubt, your dad could see a rheumatologist who can perform an arthrocentesis ( to drain fluid) from his foot and that can confirm the presence of gout. Hope that helps. Read more...
Maybe, but. A gouty attack with a normal uric acid is technically possible but highly unlikely. Most people who have normal uric acid are on Allopurinol at the time of the attack so the low uric acid is due to medication and does not occur naturally. Look for other causes. Read more...
Uric acid. Correct uric acid has been known to show up 2weeks after bld is drawn. Read more...

Should a 53 yom be concerned because of an enlarged gallbladder? What could cause an enlarged gallbladder? High uric acid levels gout and kidney stns

Not by itself . An enlarged gallbladder by itself is not necessarily concerning unless associated with intermittent bouts of cholecystitis. High uric acid levels may be associated with gout. Read more...
By itself. An enlarged or distended gallbladder may just be a normal finding in someone who correctly did not eat for several hours before the ultrasound. Abdominal pain? No gallstones? Normal liver function blood tests? Normal bile duct on ultrasound? Would need much more medical information. See the doctor who ordered the ultrasound to find out if anything further is indicated. Read more...

If Hx of gout is it best to take allopurinol or some OTC remedies from Chinese stores (do those even work?) to keep uric acid levels low?

Best to be under the. care of a doctor. First off allopurinol does not always lower the uric acid levels. a doctor can figure out if you overproduce or underexcrete uric acid. There are also ramifications of gout that one should be under the care of a doc. Read more...

Is there a need to take Allopurinol every day for gout if uric acid levels are low (although they are low from take the Rx, I would presume).?

Depends... Based on your lab results Allopurinol dosage should be adjusted as the uric acid levels lower. Many gout medications can be taken as a maintenance dose if it is chronic gout. Check with your doctor who prescribed your meds to adjust the dose or even change the medication. Read more...