What Happened To Your Test For Gout?

I am compiling a test for gout list, to include all the different tests that gout patients undergo.

Usually, they are tests of your gout symptoms to help your doctor determine a diagnosis of gout or something else. Some of these tests should continue through your gout treatment – after all, gout treatment is supposed to reduce your gout symptoms, and repeat tests will show if this is true or not.

Speaking of which, earlier today I reported on a new attempt to develop a test to measure when gout is finally controlled. This is mainly a test for doctors to measure the effectiveness of the treatment plan. However, most gout sufferers would be very interested in getting the closest thing a gout patient can get to an “all-clear.”

I will add the complete lists of gout tests that I have heard of soon. As well as the well known medical tests, I will cover patient assessment tests, which are a relatively new way to measure the effects of gout.

I am also interested in hearing about your gout tests. What tests have you undergone? Did you understand the results?

Please share your questions, experiences and opinions about your test for gout.

2 thoughts on “What Happened To Your Test For Gout?

  1. Dear Keith,
    I had a blood test for uric acid and the number is 3.6. The doctor said I had osteoarthritis in my knee, and I have myofacial injuries in the shoulder muscles, which formed kernels with calcium deposits. He does trigger point injection therapy. Since he is a volunteer at my clinic, and the medical is free, I’m not getting a second opinion. He does not diagnose me with gout. So now I will be investigating the removal of inflammation naturally without meds, if possible. I appreciate your time and information. Thank you.

    • With a result of 3.6, the only scale that makes sense is mg/dL, which is the most common measure in the United States.

      The only way a gout sufferer can have a uric acid level of 3.6mg/dL is if they are taking uric acid lowering treatment. I am assuming this is not the case here, so you do not have gout.

      I am a simple gout sufferer with absolutely no medical training, and I cannot advise you further except for one possibility.

      At the mention of calcium deposits in connection with gout-like symptoms, my layman’s brain prompts me to think of pseudogout. I’ve written a couple of bits about it, which you can find vis the search box above or below. I cannot suggest anything other than asking about pseudogout at your next visit. (it is also called false gout, or CPPD)

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