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I am 35, have a history of gout in my family, I am overweight, but active, and of course, I was a beer drinker. Most of my relatives developed this in their 60's, I am 35, while I accept that I didn't do everything to avoid Gout, I thought it was something older people got. Anyway, the week between Christmas and New Year I had a flare up of gout, classic symptoms affecting the main joint on my big left toe. I had to wait to see a doctor because of the holiday and he prescribed indocin and colchecine. I did not use the Indocin as the worst was over before I saw the doctor, I have been taking .6 mg of colchcine a day as prescribed. I have also been drinking a lot of water, watching what I eat, and cut out beer. I never drank a lot of hard liquor, I had a few drinks at a wedding a few weeks ago (vodka/soda) and that didn't seem to cause any issues.
So here is my question.....the symptoms have gone away, and I have not had any new attacks, but I just can't get my foot back to feeling 100%. There seems to be some residual pain and my foot/toe seems very susceptible to injury, I have stubbed it a couple of times which seem to cause a lot of lingering pain, though no real gout flare up..........is this normal? I though these symptoms were more likely to come and go, not linger, at least at first. I have not been able to get back to my regular Doctor as I have been traveling for work. Is it possible that one attack (which I do not think was really severe) could cause joint damage? Or am I just not getting over the attack completely for some reason? Is a joint more sensitive to injury after a flare up? Just looking for advice, I know this is a distance relationship not a "real" diagnosis.
Thanks for the response.