Many people with sore toes, feet, or other joints find it difficult to get a clear diagnosis.
Over the years, the gout symptoms forum has seen many people who are totally frustrated.
I am not talking about people who refrain from visiting their doctor, who talk with their mates in the pub, and decide that a swollen foot must be gout. I'm referring to people who have consulted doctors, presented suspicions of gout, yet been told they can't have gout, for whatever reason.
In my case, I was originally told by my family doctor (since retired) that I could not have gout, as swelling was in my ankle, not my big toe. Joint fluid analysis by a rheumatologist confirmed that I did have gout. It's a shame I had to endure 4 days in hospital to get that simple test, but at least I knew exactly what my problem was.
I will summarize other old forum discussions about this issue, but I want to...