The main symptom of goutis asudden attack ofsevere pain in one or more joints,typically your big toe.
Other symptoms can include:
The intense pain can make getting around difficult. Even the light pressure of a bed cover or blanket can be unbearable.
Gout can affect almost any joint and can occur in more than one joint at the same time.
The joints towards the ends of the limbs tend to be affected more often, including the:
If gout is left untreated, it'slikely to affect more joints over time.
Attacksof gout tend to:
It's difficult to predict how often attacks will occur and when exactly they will happen.
See your GP if you suspect you have gout and it hasn't been previously diagnosed.
Contact your GP immediately or call NHS 111 if you have both:
This could mean you have an infection inside the joint ( Septic arthritis ).
If you've alreadybeen diagnosed with gout and you have an attack, see your GP ifany medication you've been prescribed doesn't start working within a couple ofdays.
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There is no direct connection, but some gout medications can cause hyperglycemia.
Read about gout, a type of arthritis where crystals form inside and around joints. Find out about the symptoms, causes and treatments.
The most common symptom of gout is sudden and very severe pain in one or more of your joints.
Find out about the main causes of gout, and read about what can increase your risk, such as your diet, medications and family history.
Read about how gout is diagnosed, including what your GP may ask and what tests may be carried out.
Read about the main treatments for gout, including ways to relieve pain during an attach and prevent attacks occurring in the first place.
Read about the possible complications of gout, including small lumps under the skin (tophi), joint damage and kidney stones.
Read the story of Gina Beauchamp, who was diagnosed with gout in her late 30s.
Read the story of Patrick Hanmer, who was 32 and living life to the full when he had his first attack of gout.