Diagnosing gout is done by your doctor through quite slow procedures. Basically the doctor has to evaluate your symptoms and decide that it is possibly a gout attack. Once your doctor has come to their conclusion, the actual way of diagnosing gout is any of three tests.
1. Blood tests
2. Urine Tests
3. Synovial fluid tests
Getting the results from any of one gout test takes time, and only then will your doctor make a diagnosis and then start prescribing drugs.
This process of diagnosing gout is painfully slow as you have to wait for the results of your gout test to come back. Getting your test results can take a week or even longer depending on which hospital you go to and what your health insurance is.
After the doctor has finished diagnosing gout for you, getting gout medicine after that should be easy.
But the bad news is:
The gout club sucks!
The gout medicine is unreliable
Gout if not properly understood keeps recurring
Gout gets worse over time
However, all of these tests for diagnosing gout are carried out just by looking for uric acid as a marker for gout. What you need to understand is that it is not the uric acid that is always the culprit for gout. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but the fact is that uric acid alone is not the only acidifying element in your body.
But, sadly this is the best that the medical profession has got so they have to rely on uric acid levels as the indicator when diagnosing gout.
Any one gout test is not a 100% guarantee that you have gout since there are many people that have high uric acid levels and still do not actually develop gout. This sounds strange at first since all medical professionals rely only uric acid levels as being `the’ test for gout. But it is just not that simple.
Your body is a system of many variables that come together to create an overall gout environment.
The environment could be hostile to gout or friendly to gout and it all relies on acidosis.
Acidosis can come from other acids in the body that are not uric acid. Then a slight elevation in uric acid tips the balance and a gout attack gets underway even though your uric acid levels are not particularly high!
This is why diagnosing gout based purely on uric acid levels is hit and miss and you should always seek a second opinion.
Unfortunately most doctors are not gout specialists and because of this their knowledge of the peculiarities of gout is limited.
So it really is more than simply getting a uric acid test done or any other test for gout done and relying just on those figures alone for diagnosing gout. It is a complex relationship between diet, environmental and historical factors that determine if you have gout or not.
A uric acid test is useful don’t get me wrong. The accuracy is quite high, but it is not a 100% fool-proof test.
But one thing is certain.
The longer you let a suspected gout attack continue, the more pain you will suffer and the more difficult it will be to get over.
Gout reacts to speed, so if in doubt – ACT!
To Your Bright & Gout Free Future,