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When To Call a Doctor
Call or see your doctor right away if you have:
It's important to see your doctor even if the pain from gout has stopped. The uric acid buildup that caused your gout attack may still be irritating your joints and could eventually cause serious damage. Your doctor can prescribe medicines that will prevent and even reverse the uric acid buildup.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and prescribe treatment for gout:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
Exams and Tests
Exams and tests that may help with diagnosis and treatment of gout include:
While X-rays of extremities (hands and feet) are sometimes useful in the late stages of the disease, X-rays aren't usually helpful in the early diagnosis. Pain often causes people to seek medical attention before any long-term changes can be seen on an X-ray. But X-rays may help to rule out other causes of arthritis.
Your doctor may evaluate you for lead poisoning if you have been exposed to lead in your job or through hobbies.
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