Keith’s GoutPal Story 2020 Forums Please Help My Gout! BLOOD TESTS AND PIN PRICK TESTS

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    Tim
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    I am about to get back a blood test result. I had a pin prick URIC ACID test reading in a pharmacy here in Barcelona about 1/2 an hour after my blood test in the lab. I didn’t eat or drink anything in that time.
    I want to compare the result. The pin prick test (measured in a machine called a Refletron, which a few pharmacies here in Barcelona have), had a result of 6.5, down from 6.89 the week before. It cost 5Euros whereas the lab test is 80 Eur plus the Doctor’s fee of 100 Eur.
    Anyone have any idea whether it will be reasonable to us the pin prick test as a measurement once I start on Allopurinol?
    Thanks
    Tim

    #21725
    Keith Taylor
    Participant

    No!

    In my opinion, it’s wrong to only test uric acid to monitor allopurinol dose. In fact, this also applies to Uloric (febuxostat) and probably most other meds.

    I believe it is important to get kidney function and liver function tests whenever you get a uric acid test. That way, your doctor can spot any early signs of significant side-effects.

    I know it makes your treatment expensive, but let’s find a way to do it. Earn $20 by submitting the first suggestion for GoutPal to get 20 votes. Work with me on a website about your gout, and share the revenue (90% to you). Work with me on a website about anything, and share the revenue (up to 100% to you). If a gouty, tophi-squeezing, Aussie in Spain can’t make enough for gout treatment, what hope is there for the rest of us? 😉

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