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Gout Progression

Gout can have a long-term impact—including effects that continue between attacks. In fact, joint damage may occur even between attacks if uric acid levels in your blood are high. Tophi—deposits of uric acid crystals—may form in the joints of the hands and feet as well as the ear, the elbow, and the Achilles tendon. Additional long-term consequences may include chronic pain that doesn't go away between attacks, damage to your joints, and increasingly limited mobility in the affected joints and tendons.

Gout is a chronic, progressive disease, which means it may get worse over time.

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Take Control

It is important to achieve and maintain a healthy uric acid level of below 6 mg/dL, the goal for the long term management of gout. So make an appointment with your doctor, and use the Gout Conversation Card to get the most out of your appointment. By working with your doctor, you may be able to achieve and maintain lower, healthy uric acid levels.

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