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I dont know whether I actually have Gout or some similar condition and am looking for a little guidance in relation to how soon/long Uric Acid remains raised after drinking beer.
I do suffer from weakened kidneys which, along with my fairly appalling diet which includes beer/steak, has resulted in my being diagnosed with high uric acid. The most recent test I had was 9.5.
Symptom-wise, I have stiff joints (first it was just ankles, then ankles AND knees and more recently hips too) which seem wors on days after I have had a few beers. The kidney complication isnt helping but I have changed my diet significantly and have removed almost all red meat and only have 2-3 beers once a week now.
So, reading comments in here I am guessing I do not actually have Gout YET but I do have what could possibly be considered the beginning of it, I don't know.
I bought a Uric Acid tester and was somewhat surprised to get three readings of 14.6, 14.8 and 15.2. I only realized afterwards that doing an afternoon test likely isn't wise and I should do so in the morning prior to eating/drinking.
So to my question...it is Boxing Day and I have been bad (drinking beer) for the last TWO days. How soon after an indulgence will it cause a spike in Uric Acid and more to the point how long do I need to wait before a test will settle down and NOT include those two bad days....a week, two weeks?
Many thanks for any input. Reading the horror stories on here in terms of gout attacks I want to do what I can to prevent experiencing even one.
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