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Hi there. About 9 months ago I had a swollen how knee. The doctor decided it was most likely to be cellulitis, bursitis or possibly gout, so arranged for me to have a uric acid test, which came back high. They warned me to be on the lookout for the usual symptoms.
I'm a little confused as everything I've been told/read says that gout attacks come on very suddenly. However, for the last 4 months I have had some pain (aching) in and around my big toe. Mostly it's around the joint but it does sometimes stretch up the toe itself, particularly towards the opposite edge.
It's fairly low-level, and on its own doesn't feel like much to be concerned about. It doesn't noticeably affect my walking (the pain is generally as I am lifting my foot). Occasionally (once or twice a day perhaps, mostly late in the day) I will have a twinge of sharper pain - generally whilst it's at rest. This will last a few seconds and then go away.
Like I say, on its own it doesn't seem a problem, but I'm concerned about whether it's a sign that sometime soon I'm going to wake up in agony. Are these normal symptoms?
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