Many people with gout are not receiving effective treatment. Gout can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms sometimes mimic other serious health conditions.
Health professionals will usually make a diagnosis based on the classic signs and symptoms of gout – a sudden onset of excruciating pain in a joint that becomes swollen, red and inflamed over a 12-hour period and lasts for several days at first. Also taken into consideration are risk factors, including family history and uric acid levels.
If you suspect that you have gout, early diagnosis and treatment makes a difference. Talk to a medical professional immediately.