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Hi there.Thank you for your question.I am Dr. SH and will be helping you out with your concerns today.
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Have you previously had high uric acid levels?
Uric acid levels can be normal with gout and the normal levels in themselves do not rule out gout actually.
When there is an episode of gout the levels drop.
So dropping levels do not necessarily mean that you do not have gout.
I think this certainly is gout considering your previous history.
Raised uric acids are a life-long problem and can lead to episodes of gout throughout life.
Sorry for the late response.
I was away for a while.
Yes, what I am saying is that this is still gout that you are having.
The swelling will improve in two to four weeks time.
If your swelling and pain is severe you will likely require a short course of oral steroids or steroid injection into the joint which is swollen.
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