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What are the symptoms of gout?

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: hi. Every once in awhile I get this sharp pin like pain on the bottom of my right toe. I thought a bug bit me at first since that is what it fealt like. Have any idea what this off and on bug like pain is. Sometimes i get it elsewhere too, but it is mainly on my big toe. thanks
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (44 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It could be an acute attack of gout.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for your query.

According to your description , pain over your right toe seems to be inflammatory in nature. It could be an acute attack of gout.
I advice you to give you rest to the part affected, take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin 1tablet with food as and when required (upto 4 tablets daily) to reduce pain and inflammation and consult your doctor for thorough examination and rule out any infective cause.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Take care

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Saurabh Gupta (9 minutes later)
it is not inflammed, not red. It feels like I got bitten by a bug off and on I cannot take antiinflammatories. thanks
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Get serum uric acid level checked out.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

As this sharp pain occurs off and on, it could be due to increase uric acid level.Great toe is most frequent site for its deposition.
I suggest you to get your serum uric acid level checked outand get it evaluated by your doctor.

Warm regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What are the symptoms of gout?

Brief Answer: It could be an acute attack of gout. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. According to your description , pain over your right toe seems to be inflammatory in nature. It could be an acute attack of gout. I advice you to give you rest to the part affected, take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin 1tablet with food as and when required (upto 4 tablets daily) to reduce pain and inflammation and consult your doctor for thorough examination and rule out any infective cause. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care