How to Talk to Your Doctor about Gout

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with gout or have been living with it for a while, it’s important to talk to your doctor – or gout specialist – about your symptoms and the best approach for managing your condition.

Don't delay in getting the care you need.

Gout is painful and can be debilitating. When not properly managed, uric acid crystals can build up throughout the body and cause serious damage to the bones, joints and organs. For some, gout symptoms may continue and become out-of-control despite the use of oral gout medicines, making it critical to talk to your gout specialist about your specific experience.

Not sure how to talk with your doctor about gout?

Talking about your gout symptoms is an important part of managing your condition – only you know how your symptoms are affecting you! It can be difficult to remember everything you want to discuss during your appointment, but a Doctor Discussion Guide can help you get the conversation started.

If you’re concerned about going into your doctor’s office in-person, 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 in advance.


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 that you are wearing clothes that let you do this easily.

Hear From Gout Specialists

Nicola Dalbeth
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Professor Nicola Dalbeth

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Our understanding of [gout] has really shifted as we’ve been able to visualize the disease better.


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Gout is not widely perceived, and I think it’s very important. We have to recognize gout early, and treat it early.

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Professor Georg Schett

If you're still experiencing symptoms or if your uric acid level is not being well controlled despite the use of oral gout medications, talk to your doctor about all your treatment choices.

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