Has anybody had any experience with Gout ?

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  1. Stresshead

    Stresshead Registered User

    Sep 13, 2014
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    Hi All

    My dad has suddenly started to complain of a really bad pain in his ankle and can't walk on it. It's fine when he's resting but the minute he stands up he's in agony with it. He hasn't fallen or twisted it and it isn't swollen, bruised, red or warm to touch it just looks normal.

    I've given him some pain killers and anti-inflamatory's but it hasn't eased so I think I'll have to call the doctor out (again) tomorrow.

    Somebody has mentioned Gout to me and I wondered if anyone had an experience of it?

    Thanks in advance.

    Stresshead xx
     
  2. Pegsdaughter

    Pegsdaughter Registered User

    Oct 7, 2014
    129
    London
    Oh has it started when he was in Saudi Arabia. Also dad and it was put to one of the tablets he was taking. It's extremely painful so poor your dad


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  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
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    I very much doubt it's gout (although I'm not a doctor). It almost certainly would be red and swollen and it would also hurt when he was at rest (on the basis of my mother's experience). But it could be other things so you should get him to the GP.
     
  4. Stresshead

    Stresshead Registered User

    Sep 13, 2014
    96
    Thanks for the replies.

    Maybe it's not gout maybe it's something like Arthritis instead...............I'm not a doctor either so I suppose no point in second guessing.

    It just seems to be one thing after another at the moment. I'll call the doctor in the morning.

    xx
     
  5. Cinder

    Cinder Registered User

    Dec 14, 2014
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    My husband suffers from gout.
    It is excruciating.
    Joints are red, swollen & shiny. Pain is constant & not affected by pressure or rest of the joint.
    It is usually found on the ankle "knuckle" when in that joint. The boney bit on the inside of the ankle rather than the outside.
    If he has moments when there is no pain when ankle is at rest, it's highly unlikely to be gout. I
    Worth checking with GP to be sure though!


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  6. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
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    I think gout is a form of arthritis, by the way. GP thought OH had gout once, excruciating! Then found he had an ulcer on toe, and toe started to turn black. Poor circulation. Needed immediate stents ( in iliac arteries of legs).

    So I think GP in the morning, just to get things checked out, plus more effective pain killers!
     
  7. Cinder

    Cinder Registered User

    Dec 14, 2014
    66
    Yes- it is a form of arthritis.
    It is caused by crystals of Uric acid forming in the joints.
    It is the most painful arthritis it is possible to get. Thankfully the attacks are only 2 weeks in duration!
    Allopurinol tablets prevent flare-ups.



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  8. sah

    sah Registered User

    Apr 20, 2009
    332
    Dorset
    My father suffered with this; then they fond out it was caused by a heart problem as his circulation had become poor. Changed his medication and it cleared.. ( can't remember what it was from/to-sorry!)
     
  9. LadyA

    LadyA Registered User

    Oct 19, 2009
    13,529
    Ireland
    My late husband suffered occasional gout attacks. What you describe doesn't sound like gout, but should be checked.
    I found the very best cure and prevention for gout was dried cherries. William would chew them when he got an attack. They always worked faster than the medication!
     
  10. Owly

    Owly Registered User

    Jun 6, 2011
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    I heard about the cherries too. And nettle tea (tea bags in supermarkets). If you drank it regularly the uric acid may never form into crystals.
     
  11. Stresshead

    Stresshead Registered User

    Sep 13, 2014
    96
    Thanks again for the replies. The doctor came to have a look today and found that his heel was slightly red and ankle a little bit swollen but not warm. She's not sure if it's Gout but has requested a blood test and an x-ray to check.

    Whilst she was there I asked her to look at dads night time incontinence pants as when I changed them this morning he had blood in them. She said that it may be due to his bladder cancer (he has some tumors they they can't remove as he is not well enough to undergo the op) or it may be that he has a water infection.

    Dad is practically always on antibiotics for recurrent chest infections and is on them at the moment but today he has been a little bit more confused than normal and I have really struggled to get him to understand me.

    Now I am wondering if he's got a UTI at the same time as a chest infection and actually that's what's making him shaky on his legs and he is just mistaking it for pain ?? The fact that he is currently on antibiotics may just be stopping the full affects of the UTI coming out but they aren't the right ones to clear it. If that makes sense ? He's finished those antibiotics today so I guess we will have to wait and see. The District Nurse is coming on Monday to do the blood tests.

    It could be a bumpy weekend :(

    xx
     
  12. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
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    If you suspect a UTI, don't wait for Monday. Ask for a duty doctor to make a house call, they can prescribe antibiotics.
     
  13. LYN T

    LYN T Registered User

    Aug 30, 2012
    6,962
    Brixham Devon
    I strongly agree with Beate. Monday is too long to wait. My OH nearly always passed blood when he had a UTI.

    Hope you get things sorted out.

    Love

    Lyn T XX
     
  14. Stresshead

    Stresshead Registered User

    Sep 13, 2014
    96
    Thanks for the advice. I think I'll give them a call xx


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  15. LadyA

    LadyA Registered User

    Oct 19, 2009
    13,529
    Ireland
    Antibiotics can be specific. I.e. antibiotics for respiratory infection wouldn't necessarily have any affect on UTI and vice versa. Best get it checked, to be safe.
     

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