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My question is - After having the crystals in my body for so long what can I expect from the baking soda treatment? Is it possible to predict a time frame for the elimination of the crystals ? Secondly, is it safe to continue taking the two-a-day baking soda treatment for longer than three weeks as long as it looks like there is steady improvement in my condition?

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replied April 11th, 2008
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You didn’t tell me the uric acid blood level; although commonly present, increased uric acid is not a diagnostic criterion for gout. People with elevated uric acid may not have gout ; people with gout may have normal uric acid levels in the blood.

Gout is proven if urate crystals are detected inside the granulocytes, seen under the microscope, in the joint’s fluid aspirated from the affected joint. That “dull pain in both legs” does not suggest gout at all. Typical symptoms for gout is sudden extremely severe joint pain combined with swelled, red, and very painful to the touch skin above the joint. Pain is provoked by the inflammation that is due to urate crystals precipitation inside and around (in the skin) the joint. Any joint can be affected but the big toe is the most common location.

You may want to consult a rheumatologist to confirm or exclude gout.

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