Do I really have gout? And if so...what next?
September 17, 2007 11:33 AM Subscribe
I'm a woman in my 20s, and I've been told I have gout. Misdiagnosis? What next?
posted by jennak to health & fitness (15 answers total)
I have been having significant pain in my big toe. Not excruciating, but bad enough that it causes me to limp and I can't stand to even have a bed sheet on top of it.
I thought maybe I had previously broken my toe and perhaps was now dealing with a hairline fracture of some sort, so I went to an urgent care clinic (I couldn't get in to see primary care doc). They took x-rays, which were normal. At that point gout was suspected, and even though my uric acid levels were normal in the blood sample, I was diagnosed with gout.
Given that I'm a woman in her 20s (90% of gout cases affect men - women are typically affected only after menopause), not overweight, not a red meat eater, and consume only 2-3 drinks a month, is it possible that this is wrong and I have bunions or something else?
And if the diagnosis of gout *is* correct, what kind of things do I need to look for and ask my doctor to check out? (The doctor is nice, but not particularly aggressive in treatment.) From what I gather, gout in young women = possible kidney disease.
I finally talked my way into an appointment for tomorrow, and I want to make sure she's taking the right course of action...