For six years I was misdiagnosed for having rheumatoid arthritis. I saw half a dozen specialist and none of them could figure out what I had. I didn't have the common symptoms associated with gout.
My elbow, ankle and knees would swell up and I endured so much pain. At one time I was bed ridden for four months. I was prescribed all the common medications for arthritis such as Celebrex but it did nothing for me.
It wasn't until I saw one of four specialist in my metropolitan area that I was finally correctly diagnosed with acute gout. But by then, my joints were severely damaged; I lost most of my flexibility in one of my knees and the gout had spread to my hip, hands and right shoulder.
The specialist said it was the worse case of gout he has ever seen. After several years of taking the correct medication, I can manage to get around but I have a difficult going down stairs because most of my leg muscles had atrophied.