Hello there everyone,
I have been AWOL for a long time due to illness but hope to be coming back more and more now.
Sharen, I hope I can offer some helpful ideas on your problem. Maybe you could look up symptoms of gout, which is a form of arthritis. The most common gout symptom is sudden, severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling in some joints. It usually affects one joint at a time, especially the joint of the big toe, but can also affect the knee, ankle, foot, hand, wrist and elbow. Deposits of uric acid, called tophi, can appear as lumps under the skin around the joints. It is not associated with drinking too much as was the belief many moons ago.
It can be helped by reductions in purine rich foods. These can include beer and other alcohoic drinks. Fish - such as anchovies, sardines (in oil), fish roe, herring. also yeast, organ meats (i.e. liver, kidneys). Legumes such as dried beans, peas, and soybeans. Meat extracts, consommé, gravies. Worth looking into I would think.