I have been battling a toe and toe joint issue for almost a year now.
At first mis-diagnosed as gout, my symptoms are getting worse, not better.
Last March, my toe felt jammed/stubbed for a day or so - then it started swelling - then the pain set in. Felt as if it were broken - so I went to the emergency room. The ER, my Internist, the Rheumatologist and my Orthopaedic surgeon all thought it was gout or arthritis.
But a series of blood tests all revealed a flat zero on uric acid levels.
I took Colchicine and an Anti-imflammatory for 7 mos - no real difference in pain or swelling.
Now I have the joint pain, redness and swelling most of the time - and a relatively new symptom of infection around the cuticle and edges of my big toe - which oozes some pus once in a while.
My gut tells me that I may have an infection in my toe joint or the bone? Or some sort of auto-immune issue that is resulting in these symptoms.
If anyone has any thoughts or ideas of what to do next, I would really appreciate it.
I am a 41 year old female - healthy weight, diet and lifestyle - so the gout thing never made sense to me at all.
Thanks so much . . . Pinky