Your Symptoms Of Gout is the third step in the I Have Gout program.
In the previous step, I Have Gout 2: End Acute Gout and More, we extended the Personal Statement Of Signs Of Gout to include expectations about our gout diagnosis. In particular, for gout suspects who have had a diagnosis refused, we listed reasons for that refusal.
The preceding steps have laid a foundation for our gout symptoms assessment, and we now need to look at those symptoms in detail. In this step, we list our personal symptoms of gout, and in the next step we will look at joints and organs affected.
- Signs Of Gout
- End Acute Gout and More
- Your Symptoms Of Gout
- Is It Swollen Joints Or Tophaceous Gout?
- Uric Acid Test To Start
- Gout Diagnosis At Last
- Ignorance Causes Gout
What Are Symptoms Of Gout?
One of the prime difficulties in getting a clear gout diagnosis is confusion about symptoms. The majority of gout sufferers start with red, painful swelling in one or two joints, but there is a substantial minority who display different symptoms.
Many years ago, I started a symptoms of gout survey. Part of that survey dealt with joints affected, which we will look at in the next step. First, we look at the types of symptoms, and these include:
Each of these can occur to a lesser or greater degree. For example, sometimes gout pain is a dull ache, whereas other times it is excruciating. Tophi might be small pea-sized soft lumps, or large solid lumps that restrict movement and burst through the skin.
Your Symptoms Of Gout
In this step, you need to list all the symptoms you experience, and try to grade them. The easiest grade is severe or slight. Severe means that the symptom is impacting on your life. Slight means that the symptom is obvious enough to be worrisome, but is not stopping you from working or enjoying your life.
In addition to the six gout symptoms listed above, list any other symptoms that are affecting your body. They may turn out to be unrelated to gout, but it is best to have them in your gout symptoms plan from the start. If you have had symptoms for a long time, it might help to note how long you experienced each symptom, but this is not strictly necessary.
Symptoms Of Gout: Next Steps
In this step, you have listed all your gout symptoms, ready for describing which joints are affected. If you are unsure about symptoms, you can discuss them in the gout support forum.
You are now ready for I Have Gout 4: Is It Swollen Joints Or Tophaceous Gout? However, if you are unsure, you can return to previous steps and reinforce any points you are not confident about.
Leave Your Symptoms Of Gout to browse other steps in the I Have Gout 4 program.