Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have gout.
  • I have gout, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have gout, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have gout.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

  1. Do my symptoms mean that I have gout?
  2. Is there a test to diagnose gout?
  3. What causes gout?
  4. Will prescription or over-the-counter medications help relieve my symptoms?
  5. Should I take a prescription medicine to help prevent gout attacks?

I have gout, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

  1. Do gout symptoms come and go?
  2. What causes gout to flare up?
  3. Are there foods I should avoid?
  4. How long will I need medication? Can I stop when the symptoms go away?
  5. What should I do if my medication doesn't help during a gout flare-up?

I have gout, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

  1. Are my new symptoms caused by gout?
  2. Should I have tests to rule out other problems?
  3. Should I change my gout medication?
  4. What else can I do to ease the pain and inflammation?
  5. Can gout cause permanent damage?