Gout and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can be similar.
You’ve had episodes of pain and swelling in your feet, ankles and knees for some time and your doctor tells you that you have rheumatoid arthritis. Despite treatment, you develop excruciating pain in your big toe, and you continue to have attacks of pain and swelling in your joints. What is going on?
According to the Arthritis Foundation, you may not have RA at all. You may have gouty arthritis – or gout – instead.
Gout and RA share many characteristics. Both diseases are chronic, incurable inflammatory conditions. Both can cause redness and swelling in the joints, and both can eventually lead to joint destruction and damage to the cartilage and ligaments in the joints, as well as damage to major organs in the body. Both RA and gout are also subject to periods of remission and symptom flares.
Can you have both RA and gout?
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