The Value of a Diagnosis

The excruciating pain of gout affects over 9 million Americans. While there are a wide range of treatments to help patients manage their condition, they must first be diagnosed.

But stigma, a lack of awareness and misconceptions about gout can stand in the way.

Receiving a Diagnosis

Receiving a diagnosis starts with visiting the doctor. Patients should be ready to be open and honest about their condition. This checklist can help guide that conversation. It can help to have a loved one attend the appointment to assist with taking notes and asking questions.

A doctor may be able to diagnose gout based on symptoms and the appearance of the joint. They will also confirm the diagnosis from a joint fluid test, blood test or X-ray.

Once a patient’s diagnosis is confirmed, the treatment journey can begin.

Empowering Patients

Being diagnosed with gout may come as a surprise. Some people may initially feel discouraged or worried. But the diagnosis can actually empower patients by allowing them to:

  1. Give a name to their struggle. Receiving a diagnosis allows patients to identify the source of their pain and chart a path forward.
  2. Take control of their health. Once patients are diagnosed, they can work with their doctor to find the treatment plan that works best for them. Medication that lowers uric acid levels is a critical part of gout management.
  3. Regain their quality of life. Once gout is successfully managed, patients can start living flare-free. This allows them to re-engage in hobbies without pain and move beyond the stigma that can be isolating for many patients.

Navigating a Diagnosis

Seeking treatment is an act of bravery that will allow patients to effectively manage their condition and live without pain. Finding a community of others who are living with gout can help patients navigate the treatment process and get the support they need.

Gout can feel isolating, but you are not alone.