Uric Acid Info section (Understand Gout). This section explains what uric acid is, and how it causes gout. By giving you the information you need to understand uric acid, you are best placed to manage it effectively.
For more information, see my uric acid guidelines.
This article is taken from a press release titled Pathogenesis of Gout. The text is very scientific, and even an included glossary does not prevent some difficult to understand passages. The study has a very wide scope, and I will rewrite various parts of it in future articles to clarify some of the key points.
I list a range of risky uric acid levels in my Uric Acid Levels Chart. When uric acid levels are over 6mg/dL, you remain at risk of a gout attack. You might be OK, but you might suffer the dangers of uncontrolled gout. Before I explain the risks, let’s look at the numbers.
Gouty tophi are usually noticed under the skin, and are not usually painful until they burst through the skin, or become infected.
We tend to ignore them in the early stages, and concentrate more on relieving the pain from acute gout flares.
But is this wise?
Now that technology allows us to see tophi growing into cartilage, tendons, and bones, we can see it is not wise. I’ve added some more important 2014 information to this 2010 article about early detection of joint damage from new gout scanning technology. First let us see how this technology shows early tophi leading to bone erosion and severe, painful, joint damage.
But how can a weak compound like uric acid cause so much pain and misery?
When you understand the answer to that question, you will be in a much better position to understand and manage your uric acid.
I know many people want simple answers and clear instructions to manage their gout. I provide help pages on all aspects of uric acid. So that you can find practical answers fast. However, I believe that you will get better treatment if you understand gout better.
To understand gout, you need to understand its root cause – uric acid.