Patient Comments: Gout - Symptoms

For gout, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?

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The primary symptom of gout is pain in the feet, hands, knees, ankles, fingers, elbows, and big toe due to the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. The affected joints may also cause warmth, swelling, and reddish skin. Arthritis can result from gout. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: John S, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I've had gout for about five years now and it is getting worse with each attack. The last one was the worst. It has lasted about a month so far and still hasn't gone away. I could barely walk for the first couple of days with the aid of a cane. I took Colcrys but didn't get it in time. Now I'm walking, but just barely. I'm close to 100lbs overweight and need to lose weight for this and other reasons, and also change my diet. The pain is in my big toe joint and ankle. It was going away but had another flare up last weekend, possibly due to alcohol and dietary factors. I know there are products out there like Urcinol. It would be well worth it if they work but I'd like to hear some unbiased testimony.

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Comment from: robert, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I am 78 years old. I have had gout since I was around 65. I have been taking 300 mg of allopurinol for several years. I tried going without it once. Boy, did I suffer! My big toes hurt so bad until I got in the routine once again with allopurinol. This is a life time drug now. But the last 6 years I've also got stinging gout! It can be anywhere in your feet, starts out tickling, and you scratch it and it gets to stinging so bad it really is painful. This will show up once a month sometimes twice a month. It lasts around an hour every hour and then lets up. It can last 4 days. Lately I've been getting the same sensation in the cheek of my buttocks. I looked up uric instead of allopurinol but my uric acid is within limits. My VA (Veterans Affairs) nurse says that's the way it goes.

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Published: July 24

I have been passing kidney stones for 2 years (12 in all). I still have 3 in my right kidney. I have had 10 hypostypsis and 2 laparoscopic surgeries. I also had a hysterectomy with in the two years. I have been taking Allopurinol for 1 year. I have been experiencing aches, swelling and discomfort in my fingers, ankles, and knees. I have this daily and my hands hurt so bad I'm losing sleep at night. My Uric Acid levels are normal so the doctors are saying it is not gout but they do not know what it is because all test are coming back normal. The things I read on the Gout website sounds like me except for the toe pain.

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Published: May 29

I have severe swelling and pain in the primary toe of my left foot and in the ankle joint of my right foot. I am presently taking 50 mg of Indocin twice daily and have been drinking concentrated black cherry juice that is diluted with water.

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Published: May 22

I have experienced severe gout attacks for about 15 yrs. It started in my big toe and has made its way into my ankle. My last two attacks have become infected and have been the most painful thing that has ever happened to me. I cannot pinpoint the source, so I am not sure what to do. I will just say, if you think you have a case of gout, get to your doctor and get on the meds. I do not wish this kind of pain on anyone and hope your case passes quickly.

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Comment from: Sekgetho, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

The symptoms of my gout were my left toe was rigid. The base of the toe was tender and very painful.

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Comment from: Vilma, 55-64 (Patient) Published: February 20

I am having severe foot pain in my left. Pain in my toes, the bottom, pain at the back all the way up the left side of my back. It is like someone threw hot water over my toes. It stops me from putting on shoes most of the time.

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Published: July 22

I was just diagnosed with bursitis in my hips. I am a 51 yr old female. When I was 11 I was hospitalized with very painful gout in my one big toe. I remember it felt very hot with incredibly sharp pains, and throbbing. It was cured, (I recall there was an IV) or went away after ten days. I also recall all sorts of doctors were coming into my room to look at my toe. When I was 18 my doctor told me and my parents that I had rheumatoid arthritis in my wrists. I had worked that summer cutting trees limbs and other hard physical work. My wrists were very painful, swollen. I went on Naprosyn for several years, and gradually my wrists stopped hurting so often. Then I developed sensitivity to arthritis and related drugs (hives) and I have to be careful even today to not overdo painkillers. When I was 30 I was pregnant with my first child and the doctor put me in the hosp for ten days just before delivery, because I had such HIGH URIC ACID in my system that they were afraid it would compromise the pregnancy. My last 20 odd years I have been plagued with sciatica, 'tennis elbow', a 'bum' right knee with snapping and crackling when I go up stairs, and now bursitis in my hips. I am just now doing research, and I am glad I found your site.

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