Don’t delay in getting the care you need
When gout is not properly managed, uric acid crystals can build up throughout the body and cause serious damage to the bones and joints.1,2 Gout has also been linked to other health conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.3 So it’s critical to not delay care.
If you’re concerned about going into your doctor’s office, ask if virtual appointments are available.
Quick tips for virtual appointments
Find out what platform your doctor will be using for your appointment
Before your visit, find out which app or platform your doctor uses and be sure to download it to your phone, computer, or tablet.
Make a list
This tip is helpful whether talking to your doctor virtually or in person—and where the Doctor Discussion Guide can help you make the most of your next appointment! Make a list of your symptoms and questions you want to ask your doctor, noting any medications you are currently taking.
Dress for your appointment
If you need to show your doctor anything like joint mobility or tophi, be sure you are wearing clothes that let you do this easily over a webcam or phone app.