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Im new to this forum, desperately hoping for some help or advice as I am currently bedridden and on morphin in 300GBP a night hospital in Thailand as a result of what I believed was a gout attack....but now I feel as though my assessment if not wrong has been complicated.
I experienced the first classic tingling and burning on my shin just below my knee around 12th April. Sure enough in a matter of half a day a painful lump started to appear below my knee.
Never being one to sit on laurels I immediately start reading about gout as that is what I believe happended to me (and I still do after 3 weeks of suffering). It seemed home remedies where as popular as medication, so within hours Id acquired apple cider vinegar, a poor quality cherry juice (very hard to find in Thailand) celery, baking soda....the lot.
The gout at this stage although painful seemed perfectly manageable. So much so I didnt take any pharmeceutical remedie for a week.
Then I had an important meeting in another town 4hr drive from where I live. Drivin was no issue, the gout actually seemed in remission by day 5 so the home remedies where winners in my eyes.
However whilst in the town I took a fairly long walk. In total I must have walked about 4kms. My gouty knee seemed OK but just tired and stiff with a littl bit of pain. I had to meet my associates in the evening....I had no home remedy with me, so decided to buy some ibuprofen. I bought 600mg tablets and popped one just before the meeting.
The relief was significant, however I still only stayed out an hour and then retired to my room.
I awoke in the night with a chill and I was soaking wet. This was clearly the side effect of a fairly large IBUPROFEN dose. BUT when I pulled back the blanket to reveal my knee the result was even more remarkable. Barely I sign I had ever had gout! No heat, no swelling, and the lump under my knee was tiny. Made me wonder why I hadnt tried pharmaceuticals sooner.
However this was not to be the end of a story, but the beggining of one.
The next morning feeling bright and jolly, with a spring in my step for the gout being 95% in remission, I took a short walk and wondered if a gentle leg massage might get rid of any remaining stiffness
The lady massaged my knee and leg for an hour, it was mostly soothing but at times I had to tell her ot ease up as she was pessing hard into my joint with her thumbs and kneeding the soft tissue outwards.This happended on the 22nd April.
I left the massage parlour and thought nothing of it. However a few hours past and i noticed a slight increas in pain. I went to room and rest.
The next morning my knee was playing up again become red and inflammed and swollen. I left to return home...but actaully had to stop 2hrs short in BKK for the pain...where I was meeting my wife anyway.
I spent the rest of the day laid up. By the following morning my knee had grown into a football my whole leg was swollen and i was in exquisite pain I simply couldnt evn lay still without crying out in agony.
That situation has now been going on a week.
I admitted myself into hospital 36hrs ago as I could bare it know more.
Can anybody please tell me what happened to my knee and my life!
It seems the only soluton for me is poweful painkillers by needle that send me to sleep. I was technically ODing on all the oral ones and it still didnt abate pain. Just made me feel awful.
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