I woke up Saturday and had pain in my left foot, by my big toe and the ball of my foot. This must be something to do with running, I think. I ice it all weekend, it is not getting better.
Today I gave in and went to the doctor, a new doctor. I miss my old doctor, she was great but she moved to a new town 3 hours away. So I tried yet another new doctor at her old office.
I had already Googled my symptoms and came up with Metatarsalgia or a sesamoid injury.
Apparently the doctor went to a different medical school than I, she diagnosed GOUT!
Gout is an old man's disease. How could I have gout? I took her blood test and went to the xray (in case she was wrong and I really do have a fracture), filled my old man prescription to treat old man's gout and returned home to Google.
What are the risk factors for gout?
Obesity, weight gain, alcohol intake, high blood pressure, abnormal kidney function, and certain drugs can promote the development of gout. High dietary intake of rich foods that contain purine (e.g., cream sauces, red meat, sardines, liver, scallops) can increase the risk of gout.
A. Obesity:Yes, I need to lose a few pounds but who doesn't, I don't think I would call it obesity.
B. Weight gain: see exhibit A
C. Alcohol intake: Like more than other people? Or more than usual? Could you be more specific?
D. High Blood Pressure: I have VERY LOW blood pressure, always have.
E. Foods: I eat chicken, fruit, veggies, chocolate and ice cream.
I also learned that 90% of all gout cases are either men over the age of 40 or post menopausal women. I am not a man. I am not a post menopausal woman. 328 days until I turn forty and I have old man's disease.
Really, what was she smoking? I can't possibly have gout. And yet that was the diagnosis. So I sit back and think, well if McMommy could have a goiter, perhaps I can have an old man's disease.
I am patiently waiting for the call that the doctor was wrong, I should stop taking the gout medicine and they would like to bring me into their practice as my Google symptoms skills are superb.