Frequently Asked Questions
What are the early signs of gout?
The most common signs of a gout attack include:
- Sudden and severe joint pain which some sufferers describe as being akin to breaking a bone, getting stabbed with glass, or having a severe burn
- Joint swelling, redness, and warmth triggered by acute inflammation
- Joint stiffness and pain with movement
- Mild fever
Can anyone tell me the symptoms of gout?
The most common symptom of gout is pain in the affected joint, such as the big toe. Gout flares often start suddenly at night, and the intense pain may wake you up. In addition, your joint may feel swollen, red, warm, and stiff. Gout flares usually occur in one joint.
What exactly is gout and what are its symptoms?
- Asymptomatic hyperuricemia. A person can have elevated uric acid levels without any outward symptoms. ...
- Acute gout. This stage occurs when urate crystals in a joint suddenly cause acute inflammation and intense pain.
- Interval or intercritical gout. This stage is the period in between attacks of acute gout. ...
- Chronic tophaceous gout. ...
- Pseudogout. ...
How do I know if I have gout?
These test help your doctor know if you have gout, or something else with similar symptoms:
- Joint fluid test. Fluid is taken from the painful joint with a needle. The fluid is studied under a microscope to see if the crystals are there.
- Blood test. A blood test can check the level of uric acid. ...
- X-ray. Images of the joints will help rule out other problems.
- Ultrasound. This painless test uses sound waves to look for areas of uric acid deposits.