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How Gout Progresses

Your first experience with gout may feel as if it came out of nowhere. It may have started as a severe pain in the middle of the night and lasted for a week or even longer. Although you may have these attacks for years, remember, gout is a chronic disease, which means it may get worse over time.

The fact is, gout progresses silently, before the first painful attack. If uric acid levels in your body are high, joint damage may occur even between attacks. Deposits of uric acid crystals—called tophi—may form in the joints. Long-term consequences may include chronic pain that doesn't go away, damage to your joints, and limited movement in the affected joints and tendons.

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Take Control

Of course you want relief for painful gout attacks. It's also important to reach a healthy uric acid level for the goal of long-term management of chronic gout. So ask your doctor about a simple test to measure your uric acid levels. It will help you see if your uric acid levels are above or below the goal of 6 mg/dL. By working with your doctor, you can work on a treatment plan for managing your gout.

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