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Had 2 suspected gout episodes in past 12-18 months. First was hideous but cleared in 3-4days with Naproxen. 2nd I caught early and never came to much. All base joint of big toe right foot.
3 weeks ago today, Easter Monday, I woke to a minor toe pain which gradually increased over 2 days to unbearable. Since then its varied between being able to get a sandal on the foot to not being able to speak due to pain. I'm 45 and male.
I started this current bout with Naproxen and Paracetamol, this didn't help after 4 days so I went to my GP. GP prescribed Colchine which I took for 3 days and I felt made it worse, also took bloods for Urate levels. After that I took Prednisolone for 4 days which I thought started to help, but course ran out and back to hell! I've been back to the GP last Thursday and she is wondering whether it may be Psuedo. Bloods for Urate came back normal, and fact Colchine didn't help. So I've had x-rays, awaiting results, and booked in for more extensive blood tests next week. She gave me more Steroids and lots of Codeine which I'm still on today Monday but should start tapering off the steroids. The pain subsides enough after loading the codeine for a few hours to just about get a low shoe on with no foot bend required, but as soon as tablets ease off I'm back to unbearable pain.
I'm off work, I only started my job 2 months ago and I'm loving it but can't drive or walk in PPE shoes which I need in my role. Work are great but I'm feeling very down about the whole situation and being holed up in the house is making me snappy.
I can't narrow it down at all. I like a bottle of real ale and a glass of wine but nothing silly. All other dietary considerations I've looked at. I've not touched a drop in two weeks now but it's not helping.
Anyone got any suggestions? How should I be helping my GP get me to a solution?
Many thanks. Feeling hopeless.
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