How to Know if You Have Gout

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KNOW WHO GOUT AFFECTS:
Gout affects over 200 million Americans alone. Most common sufferers of gout are men in the middle age bracket or post-menopausal women. Gout is more likely to appear in someone who’s diet consists largely of fish and red meat. Coffee and alcohol drinkers also experience gout more frequently.  Gout used to be referred to as the “alcoholic’s disease.”

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF GOUT:
The number one symptom of gout is pain, a sudden sharp pain in one or more joints of your body. The most common joint affected is your big toe. Other joints might be foot, ankle, heel, knee, wrist, elbow and fingers. Swelling and redness usually accompany the pain. Symptoms are usually more common in colder months.

HAVE A DOCTOR TEST YOU FOR GOUT:
Doctors have two tests that they can perform to help determine if you indeed have gout. One test measures the level of uric acid (the cause of gout) in your blood and the other measures the level of uric acid in your urine. The blood test involves one vial of blood being taken from your arm. The urine test involves peeing in a cup to be analyzed. Either test is sufficient, and both can be done to double check the accuracy of the results.

Gout is severely painful (the most painful form of arthritis), so it’s important to be diagnosed accurately and begin to recieve the attention needed to relieving the pain and even preventing future attacks.  There are several ways to treat gout naturally without the unwanted side effects of medicine.  Look for my other article on this very topic.

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