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Do I have Gout?

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  • Posted By: Minnie
  • September 18, 2007
  • 10:33 PM

I just began Hydrochlorothiazide for High Blood Pressure, on Thursday September 13, 2007. I took the pill in the morning, I didn't urinate as much as I expected too. On Friday morning I woke up with an unexplained pain in my right index finger, I was not to worried about it as I often hit myself and not remember. The pain didn't go away but it began to get better. Saturday it was much better, I was able to touch it and move it more frequently. Sunday I woke up to this same pain even worst than Friday. My index finger is swollen, red and I am in a lot of pain. Can I have a side effect from the pill? I also took a Vitamin C pill 500 mg during these days. I called my doctor and she suggested that I go to the emergency room, I was diagnosed with having a strained muscle. I read information about side effects from the pill Hydrochlorothiazide, and the word gout was mentioned in the big toe. Then when I look up gout in the finger it talks about High Blood Pressure. So I believe I may have been misdiagnosed. I was given Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) the first pill I took the pain began to go away almost immediately. I don't have the pain but my finger is still a little swollen. I am wondering if it couldd be gout why wasn't this mentioned by the doctors, I told them I was taking the Hydrochlorothiazide pills. I would like too know do anyone have any information about gout that will help me.
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  • I can't make a diagnosis and neither can any doctor who comes here. But we can make suggestions or talk to you about our own experiences.HCTZ works in your kidneys. So if you have gout it will make your symptoms worse if your kidneys are not functioning properly. I know I had this friend who had gout and the doctors all blamed her for not drinking enough water and causing her condition. Eventually, she needed a full body CT and that's when they discovered she only had one kidney. And that's why she had gout because her only kidney was functioning properly."The pain and inflammation of gout is caused by crystals which are made up of uric acid, a substance produced when the body breaks down purines found in human tissue and many of the food we eat. These crystals are made up of uric acid, a substance produced when the body breaks down purines found in human tissue and many foods we eat. Most uric acid is carried through the bloodstream to the kidneys, which eliminate it from the body in the urine. However, if the body produces too much uric acid or if the kidneys don't eliminate enough of it, uric acid can build up in the blood. This condition is called hyperuricemia and can lead to gout attacks in some cases. However, in most cases, hyperuricemia does not lead to gout."Here's a website with more information:http://www.gout.com/
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    • September 19, 2007
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