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I have been noticing some pain in my right big toe for a week or two, mostly when bending backwards as in squatting....over the weekend I did some shoveling (turning hard soil with lots of rocks) and also a lot of walking. On Monday I started having more pain and by evening there was a visible lump on the side of my foot at the base of my toe. The last two days have been agony at work because of having to wear shoes.... I'm not 100% convinced it's gout but here's my question..... I virtually never drink pop, let alone pop with sugar... but something about the heat over the weekend made me crave root beer on ice, so between Saturday and Monday I indulged in 2 20 oz bottles and one slightly larger. Oh oops and also a drink at a fast food..... Was also noticing at this time that urinary function seemed to be a bit weak, and just thought maybe something was causing me to need to hydrate more than I was doing. I'm seeing all over the place that sugary drinks can contribute but was wondering if anyone reading has found that something specifically about Root Beer seems to set it off? Also-- is there any point to soaking in ice water? Thanks.
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