I was told in the 1990s that I had a slightly high uric acid level by my gp. I was not given any medication for this. I have tended to suffer some joint pain for years. Quite often, also, I would get very tender (small) points in areas such as my shoulders or elbow. Just to touch them hurt.
Gradually, over the years, the pain has increased, but not unbearably. I had no further mention of uric acid levels from my gp during that time and don't even know if I was tested for it. My symptoms sounded similar to gout sufferers I have met, however.
In early 2017 my right thumb started clicking, quite often (I do a lot of writing and paperwork in my job). I think this was arthritis. It was (a little) painful but not acute. It got a little worse so I went back to my gp. X-rays showed , what he described as, a little arthritis.
A few days later I had a road accident (mid 2015) where someone ran into the back of my car. I was very shaken up with pain across my neck and down my arms and legs and in my hands and feet. Since that day all of my symptoms have got worse week by week. I get throbbing pain in my toes and thumbs and my thumbs are, now, extremely painful so that I can't do up buttons or turn the key in my door or even do paperwork or writing to any extent. A specialist then told me (in late 2015) that I had gout and said I would be ok in 3 months after starting on allopurinol. Over a year later things were worse and another specialist told me I did not have gout, but arthritis. These are NHS doctors.
Nothing is working for me and I am getting desperate and struggling with work and everyday life. This is not about compensation as I settled for a paltry amount, several months ago, due to not being able to cope with the hassle.
Sorry this is a long and, probably, boring post but any advice would be appreciated.