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Last Thursday night the joint in my big toe gave a twinge and within a few hours the joint was red, swollen and painful to touch. I googled and the symptoms were typical for gout except the pain never went beyond 7 or 7.5/10 (I did not rush to painkillers but have had some ibuprofen and panadol.) Three days on the joint is still red, swollen and painful but no worse than it was. I have been walking on it although the joint does not appreciate being in a shoe but I have just put up with the extra discomfort. Everything I have read says that the pain from gout is excruciating. Does my lesser experience suggest that what I have is not gout?
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