At lieu’s suggestion in thuis thread:
I’m opening the floor to your gout experiences. How many of you have this wonderful affliction, or are married to/related to/close friends to someone who does?
When I was a kid, I read about cases of gout. 18th century cartoons of little devils plunging pitchforks into the toes of richly-fed aristocrats getting their just deserts. Benjamin Franklin in 1776 cracking wise about his condition: “Yes, I have the honor [ of being Benjamin Franklin]. Unfortunately, the gout accompanies the honor.” “Softly, John. Your voice is hurting my foot!”
Hah! As if a pain in the big toe could be such a serious matter!
Then, on my freakin’ honeymoon, it got me. I thought I’d broken my toe or worse. It felt as if someone had grabbed my tendons and was trying to tear them free from the bones by force. And I had no idea my toe extended that far down my foot. Any touch, even by a sheet, was agony. And, of course, you need your toe to walk.
I spent the next day lying on the hotel bed and watching TBS while Pepper Mill snorkled. At least it was at the end of the honeymoon.
I later found out what the cause was, and that indomethacin, administered at the start of an attack, is magical in its healing ability, but that if not caught in time, you’re crippled. Fun stuff. If only I could be as great as Franklin, I wouldn’t mind so much.