Gout - Diagnosis

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Dr. Reeja Tharu
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Nov 24, 2014
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How can we Diagnose Gout ?

Physical examination of the joints shows swelling, redness and warmth.

Joint fluid analysis shows uric acid crystals.

Uric acid (in blood test) may be elevated above 7.5 mg/dl.

Joint X-rays may be normal.

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In the past two years I've had over a dozen onsets of this; in the last four months though, it has become more "ongoing" with currently counting 3 episodes and currently experiencing pain. My doctors in the past said nothing more than tendinitis and I know that's not what it is. Recently though, with the pain I'm having I decided to google the information. All the symptoms seem to be relevant to symptoms written.
The only difference; my pain goes straight up my leg (on the inner part kind of like running up my main artery). I can't bend my knee because the pain on the underside is horrible. I can't stand because the top of my foot is so swollen, red and "water logged" that I end up just sitting with my foot up for a good 5-10 days. Please tell me what questions I should ask my doctors.

Oh, PS- I have CKD/ stage 3 and Type 1 diabetes. I weigh 145lbs and am 5'7".

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