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I had my first possible gout attack in Aug. 2016, two weeks after an injury in the area. Ever since then, my left big toe was never how it used to be. The first attack wasn't too bad, I was prescribed with NSAIDs for 21 days, and it took about 14 days to stop the pain completely. My left big toe joint and the whole foot always looks darker then the other foot.
In Oct, I went back to Taiwan and went to 3 RAs, did 2 blood tests and an X-ray. The UA of the first result was 5.4, and the 2nd was 4.9. X-ray shows that my big toe joint is a little bit calcified.
The first RA said because I'm not sore on the joint but ligament, it's not gout.
The second RA didn't think it was possible for me to have gout until he saw crystals in my joint. Although it was not much he said. This doc prescirbed me with colchicine, which didn't work AT ALL.
I wasn't in pain when I went to him, but I was in constant pain after he drew the fluid from my joint. The area where the needle was injected has been red and sore when I press it.
The third RA is a prestigious specialist in gout, he had me do the 24hr urine test and blood test, which turned back to be 4.9.
He said that I might just have arthritis, instead of gout since my UA was low and gout wouldn't last for months. He prescribed me with a large amount of steroid and NSAIDs and said that I can take those when I'm in pain.
To date, the big toe looks slightly bigger than the other one, and I still pain on the side of my joint (where the needle went in) whenever I stand for too long or walk more than 2000+ steps. I haven't been able to bear weight on my left big toe joint.
I take 1 diclofenac twice a day whenever I started to feel pain and minor swollen toe.
I drink 2L+ of water everyday; I rarely eat seafood and no alcohol either (although eating seafood doesn't affect anything).
I'm really deperate at this point. No one can tell me for sure why I'm having such frequent pain in that area even though my UA has been normal. Is it because that the synovial fluid test did something to my toe permanently?
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