Friday, July 4, 2008

My Bout with Gout

So as everyone knows, I injured my knee just over a month ago. I was out of commission for pretty much every sort of physical activity for that whole span. I tried to play basketball once after like 2 weeks (after the injury) and then my knee just swelled up like I had just freshly injured it. I haven't played since.

Meanwhile I am just getting fatter.

Then came the next dilemma. One day I woke up and my left foot was hurting just by my index toe (the one next to the big one). I've had a similar pain before and just assumed that it was hurting because of I had been wearing flip-flops a lot lately and sometimes my feet hurt. I carried on in the day like normal.

Later that day I played volleyball, and afterward my foot got way worse. I went to Wal-mart and could barely walk. I thought that maybe a day of rest would help it out and that maybe it would feel better in the morning.

Wrong! When I woke up the next morning, my foot was swollen. As the day progressed, my foot got worse. I had to leave lab early because it was hurting just sitting at the computer. I relaxed for the rest of the day and eventually the pain was so much, it hurt even when my foot was elevated and nothing was happening.

Koch spoke to me and said maybe it was gout. I thought to myself no way, but then looked it up and read all about it. The symptoms were similar. The pain was in the joint that is equivalent to the knuckle. I eat a lot of protein rich food. All signs pointed to gout.


I never confirmed that it was gout because according to WebMD testing involved draining fluid from the joint. That means needles and pain. I didn't want more pain than I already had so I said f- that! It has now been about 4 days later and my foot is 100x better. I would even say it is like 85% healed. I have minor joint pain now, but I can walk which is all I need.

I wish I had taken a picture of my foot though. It was swollen so much. I felt like my foot was a lobster claw. It was all round and was just really weird to walk on. I hope from now on to take pictures of my various injuries, so that you all can partake in my pain. In the span of 1 month I injured my knee (swelling), fell of my bike (raspberries on my arm and bad knee), got pegged with a softball in my good knee (minor bruising), and got gout (major swelling in my left foot). I think I need to spend a month in a plastic bubble!

1 comment:

Mom said...

I don't know much about gout other than it has to do with the type of food you eat.

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