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Old 10-06-2009, 03:05 AM   #1
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Default What a pain in the... toe.

Hopefully this rings a bell for someone - this is getting old.

Just got back from the doc - stumped em. Doc is convinced this is not gout or any other form of arthritis. X-rays clear, awaiting results of blood tests.

Big toe has been having intermittent severe pain (hereafter "attack") which lasts for 15-90 seconds, happens a couple times an hour, sometimes more, sometimes less. Pain is concentrated at joint in big toe and quite severe (I loose all concentration, damn near fall down if standing, generally utter a profanity or two). Can move toe before, during and after attack. When not experiencing attack toe acts and feels normal. Have little warning of attack and pain meds have done nothing. Have been experiencing this pain since Wed or Thurs, have not been woke up by the pain but then again I sleep through everything. Experience pain in every position (sitting, laying, standing, walking) unsure whether elevating joint alleviates or worsens symptoms.

If you're still with me and have ideas - shoot em my way. Today's visit was with urgent care (it got bad enough today to convince me to get in there). Will schedule followup with primary care physician (whom I've never met - I hate doctors and just recently got insurance) tomorrow.

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Old 10-06-2009, 03:28 AM   #4
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You might want to get checked out for gout.

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Does the pain go away if you walk on it for a while? Any other place besides to toe? Do you drink a copious amount of brew from a green bottle?

You could have Heineken Foot.

I have two buddies who drink Heinie like most of us drink water. From time to time they each get a pain and swelling in their foot, toe or ankle. Their doctors each said it wasn't gout or anything they could identify.

We made the connection with Heineken on one occastion where each of them was afflicted. They will be interested to know if there is another case of it.

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You might want to get checked out for gout.
Read the OP. Doc says not gout.

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Does the pain go away if you walk on it for a while? Any other place besides to toe? Do you drink a copious amount of brew from a green bottle?


You could have Heineken Foot.

I have two buddies who drink Heinie like most of us drink water. From time to time they each get a pain and swelling in their foot, toe or ankle. Their doctors each said it wasn't gout or anything they could identify.

We made the connection with Heineken on one occastion where each of them was afflicted. They will be interested to know if there is another case of it.
Nope. Only skunked beer I drink is from south of the border. Haven't had a Heineken in ages.
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Muscle cramp?

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Read the OP. Doc says not gout.
So the doc already took fluid from the joint and did a blood test for elevated Urea AND received the results from these tests?!? I thought you just went to the doctor today.

The pain you described is exactly what my fil experienced until he died. And he had gout.

EDIT: Highlighted purely for dramatic effect. The two conditions are unrelated. I think.
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This first doc you saw, this was an urgent care doc? If so, and they did tests and said no gout or arthritis, I would follow up with the family doc and ask for a referral to a podiatrist. Or, ask about the possibility of an MRI, this could yield more info than a simple xray. In any event, follow your doc's advice.

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Have you tried any stretches to loosen up the toe at the joint?

Something like this:

http://www.healthline.com/blogs/exer...stretches.html


Do you kneel on your toes a lot? Or have you noticed that your walking style is different(ie feet out more or in more than others)?

Just some thoughts.

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