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Posted By : Joan M - 1/5/2017 9:07 AM
I do have RA factor but the rheumatologist said it was a "false positive" by looking at my hands.

I think I am coming down with gout and saw on the internet that RA factor is a link for this disease.

Does anybody here know about gout? I do have severe osteoarthritis being born with hammer toes and dislocation of the hip.

Would not surprise me if I had gout at this point. Is high urea nitrogen connected with this?

Found out it is a special test and can get that done at some point. Ugh

Thank you

Post Edited (Joan M) : 1/5/2017 9:20:23 AM (GMT-7)

Posted By : straydog - 1/5/2017 12:38 PM
Joan, a friend of mine had gout in his feet. It became very painful to stand let alone walk on his feet. A simple urine test with the PCP revealed he had a high uric acid level. It was very much treatable too.

Take care.
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Posted By : Joan M - 1/6/2017 9:20 AM
Thank you Susie. I noticed that near the big toe was red and thought I banged my foot ... if it doesn't turn black and blue ... this is another hint of that problem.

Posted By : Joan M - 1/17/2017 5:54 PM
Yes, I do have gout but it has not caused damage yet in my big toe and I am taking medicine and I am going to get the test too. The pain should lessen in a few days ... fingers crossed (and toes too). I have a very good podiatrist who is helping me with this.

Posted By : D Hardin - 1/18/2017 2:51 AM
I have had gout for 30 plus years of am now 63 years. Starts typically in big toes for me then to my heel, knees and thumps and first finger. If it is true gout you will be able to point to the exact spot where it hurts on a x ray. Plus most x ray will show a uric acid crystal formation where two bone are rubbing together. I have now progressed to gouty arthritis. true gout is so intense you can not stand even a bed sheet to touch your big toe. No if you have gout it come and will stay for days but very gradually reduce without meds. Allopurinol and Colorist is give if your gout attacks are frequent.

My gout and RA is manifesting with uric acid floating in the fluid that builds up around very painful knee join RA. I have had my knee drained 3 or 4 times within the last 3 months. Gout is mainly a reduction of the kidney to filter out excess uric acid.

Post Edited (D Hardin) : 1/18/2017 1:54:15 AM (GMT-7)

Posted By : Joan M - 1/23/2017 8:34 AM
Yes, I guess it is gout. The only thing is that my big toe in not red. It started on my big right toe and I thought my left big toe was not affected. I pushed it in several sites very gingerly but I did hit a sore spot on my left toe. This was late in the evening and as I was going to bed...a blanket touched that toe and was very painful.

The next night I woke up in pain in that left toe.

I am taking one 0.6 colchicine in the evening but will look into those other options you have mentioned.

Thanks so much for the information.

Also wanted to add that my last alcoholic beverage was February 2016, I do not like meat and have a can of tuna occasionally.

Post Edited (Joan M) : 1/23/2017 7:47:44 AM (GMT-7)

Posted By : Joan M - 1/25/2017 8:52 AM
the test was negative but that does mean anything

had an allergic reaction to the med...terrible gas pains and gastrointestinal problems

don't know what the next step is but hope it might calm down by itself. supposedly takes a week to two weeks for flare to calm down but don't know what I can do to ease the pain

wakes me up in the middle of the night and is rather startling and can be VERY painful

Posted By : Don_D - 1/26/2017 1:44 AM
I was tested several times for it as well and came back negative each time. Because I was exhibiting classic symptoms in my big toe especially at night. I had a positive RA factor though and always have.

It took a long time to get a diagnosis of RA for me because of things like this. I also had very classic RA flares at the same time though.

I hope that they figure it out soon and that you find some relief.

Posted By : Joan M - 1/27/2017 9:55 AM
As long as I don't have those severe gout like pains when I am driving...I don't mind it. I am 71 1/2 and just am used to pain. The pain during the day has not been significant.

Yes, it is kind of weird that a doc (a rhuemotologist) would brush that off and just look at my hands.

Lots of bad medicine around here but my podiatrist is one person I trust. Will make sure she knows about RA factor the next time I see her.

Thanks for getting back to me...Don!

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