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There’s really only one thing that causes gout, and that’s excess uric acid.
Now, it usually takes many years for the excess uric acid to form enough crystals to start gout. So, it’s useful to have some uric acid test result history. Therefore, can you check with your doctor. Then post as much uric acid blood test history as you can get, with dates.
Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to pin down a specific thing that finally pushes your gout to flare up. Also, it’s not very helpful. Because the only way to control gout, is to control uric acid. More importantly, if you do nothing, this is going to get worse. Because, you will find that interval between gout flares gets shorter. Also, more and more joints become affected.
Finally, the good news is, gout is very easy to manage, if you do it right. Also, you are young enough to stop gout before it permanently damages your joints. So, to avoid that, and other potential dangers including kidney disease and heart disease, let’s get your gout under control now.
If you need any help about what to ask your doctor, or how to understand his advice, please ask.