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Gout Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you having any joint pain now?
  • Do you have any lumps under your skin?
  • How are you doing with your diet?
  • Are you following your gout treatment plan?
  • Have you had any other gout attacks or flares recently? In the last year?
  • When did the pain in your joints start? Which joints? Is your toe or ankle affected?
  • Have you eaten more red meat or seafood lately? Tell me about your diet.
  • Do you drink alcohol? How many drinks per day? Per week?
  • What have you done to relieve your pain so far? Have you taken any over-the-counter or prescription medications?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with any type of arthritis? What other illnesses or health conditions do you have?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with gout? If yes, when was your first gout attack? How many gout attacks have you had?
  • What treatments have you been using for gout? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Are you satisfied with your gout treatment plan? If no, why not?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have gout?
  • How is gout diagnosed?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What treatments are available to improve my symptoms?
  • What should I do if my joint pain symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my joint pain symptoms?
  • What are the best gout treatment options for me?
  • For how long will I need to take medicine for gout?
  • What should I do if I continue to have gout attacks?
  • What should my target uric acid level be?
  • What foods should I limit or avoid?
  • Can I drink alcohol?
  • Are there other gout treatments that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my gout is getting worse?
  • Are there other gout treatments that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • What triggered this gout attack?
  • Why is gout so painful?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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