Gout is extremely painful and can profoundly affect your quality of life. It can also permanently damage or deform your joints. It is important to always be proactive in the treatment of gout. If left untreated gout grows more serious over time. Unmanaged uric acid levels will cause over 90% of cases to recur for life. You can also sustain permanate damage to your fingers knees and other affected joints. The resulting uric acid crystals can lead to other disorders, like kidney stones. If you have gout you know the impact on your daily life and retune can be sever and disruptive. It can even cause and emotional impact on you life. Having gout can beverly limit your diet choices and eating just a small amount of a gout trigger food could lay you up for days or even weeks. Eventually ignored or improperly managed gout may require surgery.