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How do I know if I have gout?

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Your joints hurt. Somebody you know said it might be gout. But how do you know if that’s really the problem? Gout can be hard to diagnose. That’s because some of the signs are like those for other conditions.

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. It can form tiny crystals that settle in your joints. An attack often starts with pain in the big toe, but it can spread or involve other joints. It may happen after an illness or injury.

Gout usually affects just one joint at a time. But if it isn’t treated, other joints may hurt too. Attacks that came from time to time may become constant.

From: How Do I Know If I Have Gout? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

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