I went to the doctor yesterday because the joint of my big toe has been hurting so badly it's been keeping me up at night. It's red, inflamed, slightly swollen. I always want to "pop" it. It doesn't want to pop most of the time though and gets "stuck", so I devil it until it does. I know that isn't helping matters, but it hurts more if I don't pop it. (And because I crack the joint my moving my middle toe overtop the nail area of the big toe, flexing the big toe to make it crack- I do it in my sleep without being aware until I wake up in pain)
The doctor LOOKED at my toe and said "Gout" and got me a prescription... excuse me, the Physicians Assistant did the "exam".
She ignored the fact that pressure makes my toe feel BETTER.
Plus I'm very slightly underweight and I'm only 33 years old... But, my diet does suck and I'm almost always in a slightly dehydrated state.
Will taking the medicine help even if it's not gout? How long should I suffer before getting a second opinion?