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I've had a relatively mild burning pain in my knees and other joints that has become gradually more noticeable over the last few years. I went to the doctor recently, and was initially told that because I wasn't experiencing excruciating pain it couldn't possibly be gout. Then after a blood test a different doctor told me that I had hightened levels of uric acid in my blood, so it probably is gout.
Basically, I'm wondering if anyone else's experience has been the same as mine. I hear a lot about gout 'attacks' that happen every few weeks, but mine is too mild to be called an attack (but still very uncomfortable) and happens most days. I have trouble sleeping because of the burning sensation in my knees. If I drink heavily I get the same sensation in all my joints, including my spine.
It's very, very uncomfortable, but I feel bad for complaining becuase clearly there are people who are suffering much more than I am. Does this sound like gout? Could it be sommething else? Is it likely to get worse? If it is gout, why am I experiencing low levels almost constantly, inctead of occassional 'attacks' which seem to be the norm?
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