Stages of Gout
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) there are four stages of gout:
• Asymptomatic (without symptoms) hyperuricemia
• Acute gout, or acute gouty arthritis
• Interval or intercritical gout
• Chronic tophaceous gout
Tophaceous Gout“Chronic tophaceous gout. This is the most disabling stage of gout. It usually develops over a long period, such as 10 years. In this stage, the disease may have caused permanent damage to the affected joints and sometimes to the kidneys."
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I wonder if tophaceous is the stage I was at? I was blessed from time to time with a day or two where I had almost no pain or stiffness. But this was usually when it was transferring to a different joint. I am very fortunate that I never had gout in more than one joint at a time. It would switch from right to left and back again. And when it got my knees, it was just one knee at a time and no other joint.
Been gout free for over a year now and I ain't going back!