Gout is a common form of arthritis.
A gout attack is sudden and painful. Gout is caused by a build-up of a waste product, uric acid, in the bloodstream. Excess uric acid settles in joints causing inflammation, pain and swelling.
In March this year I had a bad attack of gout in a toe.
After a while uric acid came out of the toe and formed crystals on the surface of the toe.
My doctor gave me some medication to relieve the gout but it had such side affects that I could not continue with it.
I have not been able to wear shoes since March as anything touching the toe is very painful.
Also I have been on anti-biotics as it got infected and has now formed an ulcer.
I have been prescribed pain killers such as Endone and Codalgin Forte (Paracetamol/Codeine) but I am reluctant to take too many of these as they have caused constipation and are addictive.
I am on pills to lower the uric acid level in my blood and these have worked as the level is now normal also I have been visiting a dietitian (even though my weight is normal for my height) to get a diet free of purines which can affect the uric acid level.
I have also had surgery on the toe to remove the crystals which I might add was damn painful.
I have been told by a podiatrist that it may be months before my toe returns to normal.
I am writing this to see if any other members suffer from gout or in this case chronic gout.
I would be interested to hear how you coped.