How to tell if I have Gout?
Are you experiencing severe joint pain? Are you unsure if you are suffering from gout attacks? These 5 symptoms are indicative of gout. Your pain started in the middle of the night. This is a common arthritic problem that often starts at night. The synovial fluid that cleans your joints doesn’t flow well while you sleep, so the excess debris can’t be properly cleared out. This causes uric acid crystals to build up, causing severe pain. Ask yourself: Did this sudden, intense pain suddenly strike in the middle of the night? Gout is a condition in which you are not experiencing pain when you go to sleep but wake up in pain.
- A common mistake with gout is to think you have a sprained ankle or foot. The big toe is the most common location for pain. This is not always true. Many people feel they have sprain their ankles after an ankle attack. After a few weeks, many people realize that they don’t recall injuring their ankle. Ask yourself if you can recall injuring your foot or ankle. If you answered no, you may have gout.
- Your pain is getting worse. Gout may be a possibility, as mentioned in the previous point. If your pain does not subside after a few days but continues to get worse with more swelling and redness, it could be a sign that you have gout. Gouty arthritis, on the other hand, will cause swelling to subside after a few more days.
- Your pain has spread. Gout can sometimes jump from one joint into the next. Gout can cause pain in your feet and spread to your elbows, wrists, knees, wrists, and fingers. It can sometimes feel like you have tendonitis. However, it is actually gout.
- Intense pain can be caused by even the smallest pressure. Patients with this disease have found that even the slightest pressure, even from a sheet, can cause severe pain.
What can you do if you experience these symptoms? To determine if you have gouty arthritis, get a blood test. Similar symptoms can also be seen in other arthritic conditions like pseudo gout or rheumatoid. A blood test can help determine your level of base uric acid and allow a doctor to diagnose you. The treatments for any disease are often the same regardless of what it is.