I had been diagnosed with gout about three years ago. High uric acid levels. Allergic to allipurinol, been on uloric two years. Just quit taking that 1 1/2 weeks ago. Afraid of all the side effects. Feel much better not taking it. I get twinges of pain in different areas of my feet and my hands. Also needle lioke numbness at times. None of which last very long. I still wonder if I truly have gout. Could there be something else causing these symptoms? I quit drinking, cut bck on smoking and really do not eat much that is high in purines. The symptoms actually started several years ago after I pulled something in my foot. A few days later I woke with such severe pain up the instep in my foot that I could not walk. Took a long time for someone to say it was gout. They pulled fluid but couldn't see under the microscope. Siad it was a problem with the scope. I have never had it in my big toe, always a flare in my insteps or my wrists. When the twinges start it is not just in one area, but in all different areas of my feet and hands.