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Thanks for your input. I don’t mean to contradict your opinion but I have been doing a lot of research and I found this tidbit of interest regarding why my uric acid might still be low in spite of having gout symptoms. I found this on the mayo clinic doctors blog, (http://emblog.mayo.edu/2015/01/23/gout-it-is-always-gout)
“What about a blood draw? Wouldn’t we expect the white cell count to be elevated in septic arthritis? Or the serum uric acid level elevated in gouty arthritis?
Dr. Bongartz’ s Answer: In the acute setting, laboratory testing is of limited value. The white cell count is not a useful test to distinguish between septic and non-septic arthritis. In half of the cases of septic arthritis, the white cell count was within normal limits (Li et al., Acad Emerg Med. 2004).
The serum uric acid level is just as limited. During a flare of acute gouty arthritis, the serum uric acid level is often within normal limits. Therefore, the sensitivity of an elevated serum acid level for diagnosing gout is low (Zhang W et al.: EULAR evidence based recommendations for gout. Part I: Diagnosis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2006 )”
For my part I’m going to treat this as gout and try to experiment with some alternative treatments to medication. If you are interested I can update you on my progress…Eia JossiParticipant
Yes, I double checked and my uric acid level was 3.3 the morning of the attack. I know this doesn’t sound right but I just don’t know what else it could be. This is the third attack, the first was in my toe and went away completely but the last two have been in my fingers and they have not completely gone away.
I have done some more research since yesterday and I think its possible a calcium deficiency may have contributed to my experience.
I would like to request that my doctor test the fluid in the joint but I’m wondering if anyone knows how painful this is?
I would like to look at what the recommended vegan diet is here and see how it compares with what I’ve been doing.