A few months ago, a developed a sudden bout of gout, for the first time, in my left foot. I had never had gout before, and had no warning. I went to bed feeling fine, and woke up in the middle of the night with severe pain in my left foot. Wearing a shoe really hurt and, by mid-day the next day, I could barely walk on it. I was fortunate to get in to see my doctor that afternoon, and he diagnosed me with gout. I was prescribed two Meds: one was a pain killer for joint pain, the other treated the gout. Within 24 hours, I was almost back to normal.
A few weeks later, while I was in Phoenix visiting my brother, the gout can’t back in the same foot. I contacted my doctor, and he sent an Rx for the same two Meds into a local Pharmacy. Again, I was feeling much better within 24 hours.
In the middle of the night last night, I had another sudden onset of gout (I assume,) this time in my left wrist. I woke up in pain, unable to get comfortable, no matter how I positioned my hand or arm. Fortunately, I had leftover pain Meds, which have helped mitigate the pain. Unfortunately, I still couldn’t use my left hand for anything, as any attempt to move it or lift anything resulted in pain. My only relief from pain was to avoid moving it or using it. So instead of doing any of the projects I had planned to do today, I have spent the day in a recliner, by the fire, watching episodes of Angel, Friends, and the Orville, napping off and on, as the painkillers cause drowsiness. I have a request into my pharmacy for the gout medicine refill, but it requires an Rx renewal from my doc. I assume my doc will want to see me first to assess my wrist and confirm it is gout. Since it appears I will be getting gout regularly (I have no idea why I’m getting it, all of the sudden) I think it’s time to discuss a more regular treatment or prevention measures. I have tomorrow off, but use of the pain Meds after tomorrow won’t be an option, because I wouldn’t be able to drive or be at work since the pain Meds make me drowsy. But without the pain Meds, my pain level is pretty high.
It’s a medical catch-22.