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Gout for 4 months?

Hello~I am 53 years old I have been diagnosed with gout even though a blood test for uric acid came out negative.   I have had terrible inflammation in my metatarsal phalangeal joint and the smaller joint closer to the tip of my big toe.  I have had a cortisone shot in each.  I don't drink, eat shellfish and have a mostly plant based diet.  I do have hypertension however and am terrified that maybe I have hurt my kidneys because I take the lowest dose of hypertension medicine.  Of maybe my liver because I take between 325-500mg acetaminophen every night for the chronic neck tension I have had?  Scared and grasping at straws.  I just had a physical and my blood tests came out normal.  I do forget to drink water throughout the day but have started that.  I have also had a lot of stress lately.  Anyway, any ideas?  Would be grateful for any insight.  I am athletic, normal weight and this is freaking me out.  Thanks so much!
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Hi there,
Gout is diagnosed on the basis of several criteria. The medical history ,symptoms ,joint examination and tests like blood tests and X-rays are important for accurate diagnosis. Many healthy people without gout have high uric acid levels in their blood, while others who experience an attack of gout have a normal level. Other differentials for monoarticular arthritis are pseudogout, bursitis, septic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis etc.Consult your doctor and discuss above possibilities. Hope it helps.
Take care and regards!
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Hello!

Unfortunately, sometimes you can have normal levels of uric acid in blood and still can have gout. This was my case as well. Just follow the gout diet, I believe your doctor told you what to eat and what to avoid. I was taking a natural treatment for my gout and it helped me put it under control. Fell great now!

Regards,

EM
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If you still have problems with gout I would recommend you to visit www.reesai.com and learn about the great product Reesai Joint Health that they sell there!

Regards,

EM
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