I completely dropped the ball on this team, I admit. Truthfully, I very much like the concept of SP but I detest the design of the site. When I became inactive, I had moved and had no internet connection for some time, etc, etc. I only met one other person in my life that had gout - someone I worked with years ago. At that time I was several years away from my first gout attack. There aren't many of us around SP either. I hope to stick around this time.
As you mentioned, you can have hyperuricemia but never have a gout attack. You can have low UA levels and have an attack. I think that gout can be easily misdiagnosed without a thorough exam that may include blood work, x-rays, or even aspiration of joint fluid, as there are several other conditions that present similarly to gout. When I first went to the doc for gout, thinking I had torn a ligament or something, she diagnosed me with tendinitis! And so the fun began...
"Some people never see the light until it shines through the bullet holes." - Bruce Cockburn
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