Uric acid and joint problems

Uric acid levels, high levels of which are well known to potentiate gout, may also be involved in the development of severe forms of 'regular' wear and tear arthritis as this study of non-gout patients with arthritic knees shows.

And this recent research shows how standard fluid aspiration tests (extracted from suspected gouty joints) may not be as accurate as first thought - in which case a type of CT scan might be very useful to ‘incriminate’ gout if it is present, but is not showing up on the standard tests.

Do ask for this if it is available and if you get a negative test for gout (but feel you might actually have it) because the cost of a mis-diagnosis is to be put on strong and wrong other medications that won’t work.