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July 23, 2016 at 11:21 pm #1465
Uric acid blood test
Can I have gout if I had normal uric levels in the blood but had uric acid crystals in the knee fluid ?
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We know from several studies that uric acid crystals develop much more readily at lower temperatures. Like many of my fellow gout sufferers, I have experienced the pain of a gout flare in extremities left uncovered in a cold bedroom. Is it really wise to subject a uric acid laden joint to lower temperatures knowing that this will encourage uric acid crystals to form?
If you have gout, avoid applying ice, keep joints warm, and lower uric acid to 5mg/dL (0.30mmol/L) so you can stop worrying about gout pain.
July 30, 2016 at 5:57 am #1495
Normal, when applied to blood tests means average. It is a statistic that includes gout sufferers as well as people without gout. Normal has no medical value. I’ve put the important numbers in the colored table in the right-hand sidebar.
You can find a lot more relevant information if you search for normal uric acid levels. Use the search box near the top right of every page. Then, let me know what you think about the results you find.
The big question remains, viji, What is your uric acid number? ❓
February 9, 2017 at 1:33 am #2601
GoutPal SeekerParticipantŦallars: Ŧ 2.41Rank: Carer
In Australia the blood tests results are labelled “Urate”.
Is this the same as uric acid?
November 25, 2017 at 9:18 pm #6005
I have never had a gout attack or kidney stones. My doctor has had me on 300 mg of allopurinol per day apparently as a preventative measure. I have never changed my beer drinking habits which I enjoy on a regular basis. Three times a week 2 to 3 beers each time. My annual blood test results now average 5.0 mg/dl.
Have not experienced any side effects from the allopurinol. However, I just don’t like taking any drugs and would like to eliminate it. I am planning to cut the dosage in half for starters 150mg of allopurinol. I’ve also heard that some people have great success by drinking tart cherry juice to bring their uric acid levels under control.
Anyone out there with similar experience.
January 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm #2394
My doctor says I have gout I have pain in my knee really bad and generally feeling unwell, doctor sent me for blood test straight away but it came back normal.
I still have pain but not as bad. I have a appointment with the nurse on Monday. Can I ask what further tests I should ask for and could it still be gout with a normal result.
Thanks in advance for any help.
January 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm #2516
JohnsonParticipantŦallars: Ŧ 16.55Rank: Historian
Home Uric Acid Testing continues
So week 2 of the testing. With the knowledge that
UA levels can fluctuate even throughout the day,
and given the advice that the best time to
test is in the morning on an empty stomach,
that is what I did today.
I actually had some slight gout pains in my
right toe and ankle… it “felt” like I
was very acidic this morning.
But the results showed otherwise.
Actually, I had a bit of trouble
with the tester and it was a good
experience to see how to best
use it and the variance it can
When I used the tester last week,
it seemed like I did it perfectly.
I put one drop on the tester and
squeezed a bit more blood and it
filled up the testing strip area
perfectly without overflowing.
This week, I put a drop of blood
on but it only covered about half
the area, and I think my finger
was at a weird angle to it. By
the time I tried to reposition it,
seconds were ticking by and I thought:
eh, just leave it.
And the result was a 4.4. I thought
that has to be way too low.
So then I redid the test with a new
strip and a new prick of a different
This time I made sure to position myself
well and squeezed a good amount before
dabbing the strip. This time it
filled up the strip completely and
actually was more than the previous
week. It seemed like I erred slightly
on the side of too much blood.
But the result was a 6.0… down from
7.7, which is a big improvement. I
have to think the result was fairly
accurate as far as the blood, but
also that doing it in the morning
probably made a big difference in
In any case, I’m in a good mood
about my improved score.
January 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm #2546
You’re taking me right back to my testing days! 😀
It takes a little getting used to. But, once you get into a routine, it’s easy. The trick is to reduce the number of variables as much as you can. It might seem petty to always sit in the same chair. And, always place your equipment in the same place. But, that attention to detail reaps rewards.
It’s sensitive kit, so all efforts to get consistent drop size are worth it. I also used to focus on cleanliness, as skin contaminants can affect results. I’m not saying medical cleaning swabs are necessary. But commonsense avoidance of skin contaminants is good.
I’m excited about seeing more results. And, I’m impressed by the way you’ve made this personal forum your own. You might also think about recording those gout symptoms.
February 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm #2579
JohnsonParticipantŦallars: Ŧ 16.55Rank: Historian
just tested again, first time was 4.3, blood didnt fill up the area.
tested again, and used too much blood , it was 7.4… so yes a very
sensitive kit. really seems to depend on how much blood is used.
have to keep practicing with it so there’s just enough blood to
fill the area and not more.
February 7, 2017 at 9:08 am #2585
It’s a learning curve, Johnson. Annoying sometimes, but it gets easier as you learn.
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I’m sure this helps other readers who are going through similar situations with new uric acid test kits.
April 27, 2017 at 11:39 am #3435
nobodyParticipantŦallars: Ŧ 467.45Rank: Scholar
Cost/benefit of Uric Acid lab tests
Keith wrote in another thread:
“Not for this thread, but I’d be interested to read about your experience with uric acid test. Because, I’m intrigued by your cost issues. But, more importantly by ‘results tend to be all over the place.’
Anyway, that’s up to you. Because, I’ve no wish to intrude.”
I have >20 years experience with getting my UA tested.
I’m billed close to 60£ for each basic blood test if no doctor is involved. Tests can naturally cost a lot more depending on what is tested but a bigger problem is that doctors are typically involved which can easily double or triple the cost of a basic test.
I don’t want to write an essay about the issues involved in regulating for-profit health care but suffice it to say there are perverse incentives and many things are made more complicated and costly than they should be. For all the issues with NHS-type setups, they do keep costs down.
As to my tests results being all over the place, we’ve discussed this in several other threads.
Briefly, I’ve only had one crazy result when I was at the ER for something other than arthritis (though possibly related to UA) and I’m pretty sure that was simply a case of someone messing up a unit conversion (dividing the result by 10 yields a reasonable value).
But even disregarding tests carried out at the hospital, the standard deviation is still around 16% of the mean. Which is to say I’ve seen my share of odd results and surprisingly large variations. For instance, in a recent threads Keith talked about a UA test during an attack hypothetically being 10 umol/l off. But that’s peanuts. As I stated in that thread, I’ve had my results dropping >100 umol/l between the onset of an attack and its aftermath.
That said, trends over many tests and several years do make sense in relationship to my symptoms, my diet and so forth. But combining that with the cost of individual tests here, getting a workable picture of what’s going on with one’s UA can be quite expensive indeed.
One possible contributing factor to noise in my test results is that professionals often have a hard time drawing my blood. It may have been a coincidence but I got some of my lowest UA test results when my blood was drawn at an unusual location. While professionals have nevertheless always taken the numbers at face value, my rheuma doesn’t value UA tests as much as some other doctors.
April 30, 2017 at 8:59 am #3473
Thanks for the info nobody.
For all the issues with NHS-type setups, they do keep costs down.
I’m a massive fan of UK’s NHS (National Health Service), where blood tests are free. Hence my interest in costs for other nations. Because, collectively, we might find ways for needy gout sufferers to get better, affordable blood tests.
This is probably a long shot, but I’m hoping others will join in and share their uric acid blood tests and experiences. Anyway, I think I’ll add a survey form to relevant pages. Because, people tend to respond more to surveys than forum messages.
Your experience of big variations is interesting. I’ve never noticed that with professional tests. But, I’ll bear it in mind when other gout sufferers report strange results that affect their diagnosis or treatment.