When my big toe turned red and hurt like it was shot, burned and ran over, I knew I had to educate myself and read more about the gout I had and how to manage it. I had my first flareup when I went on one of those all protein and no carb diets. I was already predisposed to getting gout because both my mom and dad had it. I knew about the pain they went through, but with pain, unless you experience it yourself, it is just a memory of what others went through. My first real and direct experience with gout pain was a rude awakening. That is really a literal statement because I went to sleep with no gout pain and woke up with a bright red toe that hurt really bad.
The first few minutes of getting out of bed were uncomfortable. Continue reading