Main Article on Gout Question: For gout, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Nancy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16 I had the worst gout in my foot and knee 8 years ago. My dog’s head hit my knee bad and it swelled. I thought it was just an injury, so I waited to see a doctor for over a year. I then did, they checked my uric acid and found it was gout. I was put on allopurinol which I still take daily. My foot still hurts, it burns mostly on the top of my foot and now looks like a bunion which I never had before the gout. I would like to know if anyone still has pain years later. It is nothing like a gout attack, but constant pain. Comment from: CaliGal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19 Beyond (my British) heredity, diet is the most important factor, especially in preventing future gout flareups. What doctor said that diet didn’t matter! Mine was initially brought on by regularly eating steak with asparagus wine/bee. The perfect storm of uric acid overload. Also contributing was wearing tight shoes, impeding circulation and letting my feet be cold all the time. Tips of my toes turned purple and were very painful. Again, 10 years on, I have gout in my big toe joint from eating too much lox. Comment from: Lew, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 14 I had my first gout attack about 5 years ago. I did not understand why my foot hurt so much that I could not walk. I thought it was tight shoes, until I could not take it anymore and I went to the doctor who diagnosed me with gout. I wanted to take medicine and I have maintained a low purine diet. I have not had more violent attacks, but it has affected my hips. There are foods such as peanuts or apple extract that trigger the attacks in a few minutes, as well as dark chocolate. Comment from: Goutnomore, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 03 I wonder if anyone has noticed or read any correlation between low testosterone and high uric acid levels. I have a progressive doctor that pointed this out and recommended low testosterone treatment to see if it helped my gout. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Comment from: Growl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 28 My gout symptom was pain in both knees, and one of the knees I had just had total replacement. I had excruciating pain in my hips to the point where I couldn't walk. Both of my shoulders hurt making it difficult to use my arms. And my thighs were very weak, to the point where I couldn't stand longer than 10 minutes. I also had lower back pain. Comment from: frank, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 22 I am a 41 year old veteran and I started having gout problems around age 30. I became desperate for a solution when the attacks followed up almost weekly and I could barely move around sometimes. I had to stop sports, gained weight... the vicious cycle. I have tried diets, heavy medication, but still I got almost weekly attacks. I can gladly say that now for months I have had no attacks and stopped my medication. I started doing intermittent fasting. It saved me, and I hope it can help you. Comment from: Terry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 09 I started finding it difficult to walk my dog. I was thinking this gout pain was getting worse by the hour, so after a few days of putting up with the pain, I rung my doctor for advice. The receptionist asked me if it was an emergency. Stupid me, I said it was not an emergency, so she told me it would be 6 weeks to speak to my doctor. After I put the phone down, the pain started to be unbearable, so I will be phoning up tomorrow to tell her waiting that long would not be possible. Comment from: Ryan, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 02 I know of two people with severe chronic gout that were consuming nothing but reverse osmosis (RO) water. After changing to natural spring water the condition immediately improved, one of them 80 percent after 1 month. RO water leaches your body of its minerals, excreted by the kidney. This seems to impede the kidney’s filtering of excess uric acid. Check your water! Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 31 I have been suffering from gout for roughly 15 years since I was 26. Early February I suffered a pretty bad one that seemed to move around to different parts of my body. It seemed to break when I started to take 2000 mg of vitamin C. This week my knee started to swell. I figured I was in for pain and bed rest, until I remembered vitamin C. I took 2000 mg yesterday and today, and yesterday I noticed the swelling and pain didn’t progress. After today’s dose I noticed swelling has gone down. Try it out. Comment from: Lesson2ya, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 30 I always used to get gout in my big toe. Now I have had gout in my little finger, knee and my heel. The heel is terrible constant pain, worse than the knee. No relief for the heel, walking is painful and I have to use crutches. On the pain scale, my heel is 8, knee 7, toe 4 and finger 1. SLIDESHOW Gout Attack Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Diet See Slideshow Comment from: Leeman, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 14 I have had gout for 11 days now; on the side of the foot by my right toe. The first 3 days were really painful, unbearable at times. I woke up on a Saturday morning with it. Monday I went to the doctors, and it was gout! She said I don't have to change anything in my diet, or even stop drinking. It will probably not help. She told me it is passed down through the genes and the only thing to do is take ibuprofen when it swells up. I can still feel it in my toe when walking, can't walk fast anymore. Comment from: Marieclaire83, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05 I can’t take it anymore, I've recently been told I have gout, by a foot doctor, after I went for a visit thinking I sprained my foot again. It has been 3 weeks and I'm still in so much pain. It just varies at certain times of the day, but never fails at night, it is the worst. I don’t know what I'm doing to keep causing this attack to last this long, though I read that attacks only last from 3 to 10 days. I'm 36 years, I'll be 37 on the 4th of February and I feel so broken down. Comment from: Sirrom7777, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 20 I have been living with gout for 15 plus years and thought it was beer and the usual suspects. Then my chiropractor asked what I eat. I found out peanuts of any kind give me gout, and also too much seafood. Wonder if anyone else gets gout from peanuts. My doctor said I am the first he has ever heard of. And I know for certain without doubts it is peanuts. Even having a little, just one, at a restaurant on my toast will give me a sharp pain in my toe. Comment from: Kimbow, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 12 I have a really strange symptom and am wondering if part of it is due to gout. There are times that I would swear that a dog is standing beside me urinating on my leg. A warmth starts a few inches above my ankle and spreads down to the top and side of my foot. This is the same foot that swells sometimes and is tender to the touch. Thinking it may be gout, but interested to know if anyone else has had this sensation of being 'urinated' on. Comment from: GoutFoot, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 24 My gout symptoms started out with pain and swelling on the top of my foot, but after taking ibuprofen, it went way for a few days. But yesterday, towards the end of the day my toe started hurting quite a bit. I went to sleep but woke up with unbearable pain. Now today the pain has only gotten worse. The doctor said it was gout, and prescribed me some medicines, but for now I am still writhing in pain unable to leave my bed. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone! Comment from: Mykeal , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 06 I'll never wish this kind of pain for my enemy. The gout pain is a true definition of torture. I've realized it's a lifestyle disease. I got the right diagnosis after taking painkiller upon painkiller. I was given allopurinol and other medications. That helped. Homemade remedies also helped. Now though the swelling has subsided, I feel some pain. Comment from: Gout enemy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 27 I had a gout attack on my left knee which later also transferred to my right knee. Hand over fist... knee attacks are the absolute worst. It knocks you off your feet for at least 10 to 14 days. It is agony and difficult to sleep. I had to urinate in a bottle just to avoid walking to the bathroom. I suggest you fast on water and cherries with medicines. If it is in the knees you will not want to move. Comment from: Shaun Jab, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 14 My first gout attack had me on the floor howling in pain, my left big toe was swollen and the skin was very tight. I had a fever along with the pain which was so draining. The attack moved to different parts of my feet, all parts equal in pain. I have had pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines, but in the middle of an acute attack nothing made a difference. I made big changes, gave up meat and fish, and I stopped drinking. I do get the odd twinge but nothing like the pain of that first attack. Comment from: Nancy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 13 I have gout in my big toe. A month ago I went to the doctor and he put me on Colcrys and prednisone for 5 days. It got a lot better, but it still hurts and I cannot wear shoes. Comment from: Srish, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08 I have gout attack on my left foot, and it is unbearable pain. I have a problem even standing. Day before I walked for 30 minutes. Next day I could not even move. QUESTION Gout is a form of arthritis. See Answer Comment from: David, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 02 I’m now into my eighth day with excruciating pain from gout. I had the doctor come to my house twice as I was unable to get to his surgery because of the pain. He prescribed colchicine which hasn’t worked. I’m now taking Voltaren 100 mg suppositories and have tried soaking my foot in Epsom salts. Every time I think it’s getting better it flares up again the next day! The pain is much worse than when I had bilateral knee replacements 13 years ago. I’m 69 and this is my second attack in 13 years. Comment from: naoma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 06 My foot swelled with gout and I couldn't walk on my leg. Now my thigh is in pain and it's hard to stand and walk. Comment from: tantip1, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 04 My husband has a gout attack in 5 different places on his body at the same time, both his feet, his elbow, his thumb and his knee all of which are huge, and he's in so much pain and he can't walk. It's been 2 weeks now since this attack started and the doctors were no help at all. He's thinking about putting a small cut on each of these areas and extracting the uric acid out himself, something he saw on YouTube because nothing else seems to be helping. Comment from: Mick, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 11 I first experienced the misery of gout in my big toe 5 years ago. Over the last few years I have been fortunate enough to only have a couple more less painful attacks and have worked out that drinking more than 6 VBs (Victoria Bitters) triggers the attacks. With the last two attacks I have felt a long uncomfortable throb down the middle of the top of my leg. Just wondering if anybody else gets this symptom prior to an attack. Comment from: sony5, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 04 I have to take diuretics for a heart condition. The sad part is my cardiologist failed to tell me one of the side effect can be gout. I have had my first episode started on Saturday. My left foot swelled on top then the pain went away. All of a sudden Tuesday night I woke up with throbbing in my left big toe. I have never felt such overwhelming pain. I cannot walk. I am not much of a steak or seafood eater. But doing some research I found other foods that are good for you can also start an attack. I am not on medication! I am still in pain and will see my doctor when I can at least walk. I am trying to drink pure cherry juice I bought from a natural food store. We will see if this will help. I also have not been eating any starches; just fruit and vegetables. I drink at least 64 oz water daily. Comment from: Stelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04 I just had my first ever case of gout almost 2 weeks ago. It never occurred to me that it could be gout. It began as a sore stiffness I get with usually wear and tear and changes in the weather. But, the usual Advil didn't take care of it and it was gradually getting worse. Four days later, after calling 4 different doctors and being on crutches for 2 days, I finally gave up getting an appointment and seeing an after-hours clinic. I wanted to see my doctor, not his nurse practitioner (NP). Joke’s on me. I got to the clinic and I saw the NP who took x-rays and confidently exclaimed I did not have gout. Maybe a little tendonitis, she wasn't sure. But it wasn't gout. She gave me a painkiller and muscle relaxer shot and a prescription, and I think I would have gotten better results from eating a bag of M and Ms. Three days later it was in full force. I could not put any weight on it and was being pushed around in my husband's office chair. Nothing helped, nothing! Ice felt good, the ceiling fan hurt, people walking by glancing at it hurt, people talking to me hurt. So, I got an emergency appointment with an orthopedic doctor who does lab tests. Two days later I got those results. Guess what? Gout. The advice I was given was to follow up with my primary care. I called the doctor back and got an appointment 2 days later. I finally got Colcrys. But I had already had this for 9 days. I had a lot of swelling and it was warm. It wasn't in my toe. It was in my ankle, the side and the top. It wasn't red, just pinkish at times. And it itched, and I couldn’t touch it. It was absolutely the worst pain I have ever endured. The pain has subsided now, the color's normal, and no swelling. However, now it's been 12 days and I still can only walk with crutches. I feel as though I'll never be able to walk again. How long will this pain last! Comment from: Peggy78, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 06 My first attack in my pre-google days I could not walk because of severe pain. After extensive reading I hit on the idea that like my late father I had GOUT. I had put myself on a cholesterol lowering diet for several weeks. My main food was delicious home made lentil soup and spinach with cheese. I love sardines and everything heavy in Purines. I immediately went on a diet low in Purines and drunk lots of water. In a few days I was O.K. Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 17 I have attacks of gouty arthritis in my left ankle, right leg and right wrist. I have noticed with each attack the area affected is spreading. Where it use to only effect my right ankle it now effects my whole right leg. On the onset of a attack the effected area feels sore, if I take my colchicine right away I can usually stop it from becoming a full attack. Also I learned from my doctor that I need to take my allopurinol as directed when I am not having a attack because a high uric acid level can damage your kidneys. I also learned that dye contrast can initiate a attack. Comment from: Karl, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 14 I’ve had gout for years now but 3 weeks ago I got a throbbing, red big toe and painful. I have been taking my tablets but it’s got worse. I am wondering if it is gout or something similar. Comment from: Trace, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29 I'm still being tested for gout and other things. First I had cramp in both calves when walking, then water in both feet, then one night, and this is all within 3 weeks, I woke in the night with burning in my left (outside) ankle. So I got up, within half an hour my ankle bone was swollen, and it was very hard to walk. I suffered for about 9 weeks. It went, and I was back to normal, a bit tender but walking with no limp. Then walking home from work 2 days later the right ankle started. Comment from: Happy., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 20 I couldn’t put my foot to the floor the pain from gout was severe. I have seen a doctor and been given pain killers but my foot still hurts bad. Comment from: pugs1970, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 26 I have been suffering from gout for 20 years, age 45 now. I’m a builder and for the first few years of my introduction into the world of pain I kept working, pulling myself up ladders with only one leg and crying a lot in silence. We Aussies are too tough to cry in public. Twenty years later I am stuck in bed with a right knee with its own heartbeat and built in heater, whoever thought even the slightest breeze or knock could bring this six foot ex-rugby player to whimper like a little flower! Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 12 I was diagnosed as suffering from Gout. Since a few days ago, I developed pain in the toe (big finger joint) with swelling and the doctor advised me to take Zyloric 100 which I used for a few days, say about 10 days. The pain did not subside but to some extent the swelling subsided. Again after a long walk, the swelling increased with pain and I cannot walk properly. Published: September 11 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. Published: September 11 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. Comment from: Hubette, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 18 I started having gout attacks about a year after having my kidney removed. The first few times it was in the joint behind my big toe, but now it's on top of my foot. The pain now is nothing like the first attacks, but still extremely painful. Due to having only one kidney, I cannot take ibuprofen or the normal pain medications prescribed for gout. I gave no family history of gout. I do not drink beer. I do have maybe an occasional glass of wine. I eat very little red meat and hardly any shell fish, so can only assume it's because of my one kidney. I also drink no less than 64 oz water a day so I don't know what else to do. Comment from: Lee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 18 I first developed gout about six months ago. I thought it was a charley horse or ingrown toenail, but it was neither. My right toe swelled and I could not walk. I was limping around at work and could not wear a shoe, so I had to stick that foot in a bedroom shoe. I ended up at ER after work and they confirmed it to be gout. Three days had already gone by, so by the time I got the prescription after ER visit, the pain and swelling went away. I really don’t know what’s worse, shingles pain or gout pain. I think it’s a tie! Comment from: Puck, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 10 I have had my first attack. It's been about nine days and finally went to the doctor yesterday (I’m stubborn I guess). I have NEVER had such agonizing pain! I have had knee surgery and nothing compares to this. The doctor prescribed medication, which makes me a little woozy, but is helping... If you think you might be having a gout attack, GET HELP RIGHT AWAY!! Nothing is worth this pain! Comment from: Balomet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08 Before we figured out it was gout, I had a swollen knee with burning pains and a burning sensation on one foot. After blood tests for urea, I found that I have too much uric acid. And yes, it’s gout. Comment from: Silver Fox, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 04 I have gout and the large toe on my right foot is swollen. It is also red and painful. It woke me up in the middle of the night with intense pain. Comment from: Libran, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22 Thank you for an excellent referral site regarding gout. I've been on a diuretic for high blood pressure for at least 10 years and one of the contraindications say gout could present. I woke up last night with such severe pain in my foot, emanating from my big toe, I couldn't get to sleep. I've taken analgesics today and the pain has subsided a lot but I still can't move my toes. Seems like you take medication to cure one illness which, in turn, gives you something else... Comment from: Tickie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 16 The information was very helpful and will enable me to better understand and describe my "sore foot" to my physician as well as be aware of medications I now take that I need to ask if there will be a reaction. Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 16 I'm in the middle of my first gout attack. It is going on 3 days now and the pain is slowly getting better. Pain started while sleeping at night, was somewhat better the next day, then excruciating pain since then. It showed up in the foot just below the big toe with swelling and redness. I wasn't sure what it was until I saw the doctor today. It didn't take her long to diagnose. I am waiting on a blood test to measure the level of uric acid to determine the next step. I feel for the patients with gout in multiple areas. This is extremely painful just in the big toe. I am grateful for the wealth of information on the Internet. Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 05 I had first attack in 2006 in big toe on right foot lasted about 7 days then mid way through 09 woke up thinking my toe was being burned off episode lasted about 5 weeks settling down then flaring up had 2 more attacks since last one is into the third week now and involves my whole right foot and ankle not happy really effects your life Comment from: panda, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 05 For the last 10 years odd I am a GOUT patient. I always get pain on my right leg and knee. I am taking medications to get rid of the situations. Of course I am a psoriasis disease patient, thus GOUT might have developed because of my skin disorder. Comment from: Tricia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08 My first attack came about 2 years ago with acute swelling and agonizing pain in the little toe of my left foot. I realized it was gout and it took about 3 weeks to subside. Last year I began developing swelling in both my hands - especially my right index finger and middle right finger. On the index finger there are little pin points of white which looks like an infection but is not. Now 'officially' diagnosed (my doctor originally just said it was arthritis - wear and tear) by my consultant hematologist (I am in remission from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) I have been prescribed 300mg allupriniol daily and am waiting to see if anything improves. In its chronic state, it is painful and makes it hard to flex my fingers but it is not the agonizing pain of an acute attack. It does hurt and is an inconvenience though. Comment from: In pain, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 07 My pain started about six years ago. I thought I had twisted my ankle or something. This occurs about one a year. It wasn’t until last year that my doctor finally diagnosed me with gout. The flare usually only lasts about a day or so, and it only affect the top of my right foot, so far. The last episode has been going on for eight days and counting. I was never prescribed any medication from my doctor, but I am starting to think it’s time now. Comment from: cdadave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 07 I have had gout since I was in my thirties, and at one time I had a uric acid level of 11.0. Over the years I had severe flare-ups in all of my joints, especially the ankles and knees. I had to go to the emergency room twice due to gout pain. I've had virtually no gout symptoms since 2005, when I began treatment by a rheumatologist. I've been on a regimen of 600mg a day of Allopurinol, and that keeps my Uric Acid level in normal range, somewhere around 3.5. Comment from: alrenwald, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 01 I experience my first gout attack in summer of 2001. I didn’t know what it was. I had pain, tenderness and swelling in my right lower leg, ankle and foot. The pain was incredible. I have had recurrent attacks 1-2 times every year or so. I’m not on any medications, and I do forget at time that I shouldn’t be eating a lot of steak and seafood and organ meats. I was really good the past ten months, then I fell off the proverbial wagon and I binged on ribeyes and crab legs. Am I a glutton for punishment or what? I would not wish this pain on my worst enemy. I am currently eating dried cherries and that seems to do the trick for me. Comment from: Anna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 25 Hi I just had a bad attack on my right foot not knowing what the pain was. When I took my shoe off my foot felt like it’s on fire and was completely swelled up. I managed to drive myself home after work and had a foot massage at home. I then elevated my foot to find that the pain got worse. I went to the doctor and I was told that I have gout. I have never had this kind of pain in my life. It is really painful, but sometimes, painkillers help manage the pain. Comment from: harvey, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 02 When my gouty arthritis flares, I get painful swelling in my foot with marked redness. Comment from: kathy p., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 29 My right ankle swells up. The skin is red, and at times it feels as if boiling water is being poured on it. Gradually, the swelling spreads across the entire top of my foot, including my toes. As the pain and swelling go away, the tiny bones the on the top of my foot are painful and the skin is "shiny" for lack of a better word. I keep my foot up from the beginning until the end of the whole thing, which lasts from 4days until 8 days. Each time it lasts longer, and are becoming more often. Comment from: Male (Patient) Published: October 14 No pain. Right ankle swollen. Comment from: nana08, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06 I first started about six years ago, when I would awake in the middle of the night with the worse pain in my big toe on my right foot. At first I just thought I must have hit my toe on something, but it would happen again a year later. Over the last few years, it happens about every six months. It is very, very painful. I went to the doctor about six months ago and found out it was gout. Now I have it again. I guess I need to go get medication. Comment from: 75 or over Female Published: February 03 I can't believe I have gout! I drink very little alcohol, and I eat very little meat, but maybe have not been drinking enough water. You are all right! The pain is terrible and wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I was given some meds, right now I am in Beijing, but maybe everyone has more or less the same solutions and now downing lots of water! I do like an occasional beer but it's not worth the pain; a few months ago next to last little toe! I thought my shoes were too tight! This week horrible pains, swollen left wrist, and shooting pains. I'll also go for cherry juice when I get back home; I am bigger on natural remedies than meds if can be helped; thanks for comments. Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 08 My first one felt like a stone bruise on the bottom of my big toe joint, then it moved to my full toe. Lately the attacks have been to the top of the foot and ankle (in both feet). Medrol packs usually knock it out quickly, but lately they have caused worse pain and swelling. At the time when it is the worst, I catch myself thinking I'd be better off without my foot because it hurts so bad. I don't drink, and limit my red meat- totally in my genes and I'm 36.