Uric acid test
High levels of uric acid (a waste product from the digestion of protein) are associated with a condition called Gout where excess uric acid can crystallise in your joints, causing sudden and severe pain, swelling and tenderness. Attacks will often start in your big toe, but can also affect your ankles, wrists, knees, fingers and elbows. Attacks may last from a few hours to a few weeks. Although acute attacks from gout will often subside on their own, if left untreated gout can lead to serious joint damage and very extreme pain. The uric acid test can help determine how well your body produces and removes uric acid but alone it cannot confirm the presence of gout. If your reading is high you will likely require additional testing (e.g. testing your monosodium urate levels) to confirm the condition.
Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis, affecting around 1 in 40 of us in the UK. Although it can affect anybody, if you are overweight, have diabetes, high blood pressure or consume too much alcohol, meat and seafood, you are particularly at risk. In most cases gout can be managed through lifestyle and dietary changes. But in rarer cases, a GP may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help control the condition.
You’ll also receive other relevant readings including glucose, protein and cholesterol to help put your result into the proper context.
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.