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On Antabuse after quitting alcohol, main joint in big toe stiff and sore. Reason ?

Hi there, I have recently gone cold turkey with quitting alcohol after years of heavy drinking. I am on Antabuse for this. This morning I could barely walk as the main joint in my big toe was stiff and sore for no reason. Much like gout although I have never had gout before. Could this be attributed to the detoxification all of a sudden?

Asked On : Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Your history and symptoms suggests your problem to be gout only.
Gout  is a painful rheumatic disease. It causes the inflammation of the joints and often starts in the feet or toes.In  70% of sufferers a joint in the big toe is the first to be affected. 

Gout results from excess blood levels of uric acid. This is a waste product that is produced when proteins are broken down. Normally uric acid is eliminated in the person's urine, but if there is too much uric acid, it forms crystals that get deposited around joints and tendons. This cause serious inflammation, swelling stiffness and severe pain
Severe alcoholism is a very important cause for getting the gout.
It is just a co incidence that you are having this pain after you quit the alcohol.
DISULFIRAM has no connection in triggering the gouty attack.
Consult your doctor for the investigations and treatment.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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