I'm new to this forum and am concerned my GP isn't doing all they can to find out what my health issue. I've been suffering from pain, like needles, swelling and stiffness in my ankle, for over a month I even brought a walking stick. My GP said I'd sprained it but I know I haven't, she said it is definitely not gout as its not hot to the touch. I am female 57 not overweight and usually very active walking etc. All forms of arthritis are in my family. The GP sent me for X-ray, to check it wasn't broken! he says it shows normal wear and tear, would any crystals have not shown on the X-ray ? .I have now had one blood test and another this week. At the time it began I felt that I was getting a urine infection wanted to urinate all the time but when I went it was just a dribble. I also get a sharp digging pain under my left rib. My issue is it is now the swelling is starting to going down it will just be put down to one of those things and be ignored. I understand that, gout, can be difficult to diagnose and could flair up again in the future, does it always have to be hot to the touch? I have been to the doctor about my right hand in the past where the joints are swollen and red they just sent me to physio and said there's nothing they can do?
What should I do as I want to know why this happened so we can hopefully reduce or prevent any further episode? It has been very debilitating and my work is very active I can't have it occur again.