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Introduction
Find everything you need to know about Gout including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of gout
The most common symptom of gout is sudden and very severe pain in one or more of your joints.
Causes of gout
Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood.
Diagnosing gout
No single test or examination can be used to confirm a diagnosis of gout. Instead, your GP will look at your symptoms and medical history to make a diagnosis.
Treating gout
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a type of painkiller usually recommended as an initial treatment for gout
Complications of gout
Frequent and recurring attacks of gout may eventually damage your joints permanently.
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‘I felt like I’d been run over and left for dead’
Doctors were surprised when 37-year-old Gina Beauchamp came to them showing signs of gout, as the condition is extremely rare in younger women.
'I still get the occasional attack, but it’s gone within a day'
Patrick Hanmer was 32 and living life to the full when he had his first attack of gout.