I have had osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia for more years that I have not and recently an old ankle injury flared up dramatically! Incredibly painful and inflamed. Could drive okay but not walk more than 50 yards without being very close to tears, ready to scream with pain sometimes - a real nuisance. Saw doctor in due course and a provisional diagnosis of gout was given. I duly had blood tests and an x-ray. Today the blood tests came back as being within normal range. Totally amazed as the symptoms fitted with gout and whichever doctor had reviewed the results had marked it up as no further action! Does this mean there is nothing to do with wait it out???
Or do I wait patiently for something like another two weeks for the results of the x-ray which is going to show if any damage to joint. Or do I go back to the doctor to be told again to put frozen peas on it......my reflexologist (ex nurse) was astounded at the heat my foot was throwing out. It has settled down a bit and I am well aware that it is not as bad an attack as some get - by a long way. But on top of everything else it is, for me, pretty unbearable.
Any advice would be appreciated please.
I am 69, female, with two hip replacements, two knees needing replacement and at times painful hands and wrists. Many tests over the years have not shown RA.