One of the most common signs and symptoms of gout is severe pain in the big toe. This can get so bad that the person can not stand having anything (even a light sheet) covering the toe. Needless to say, you can not walk or wear footwear without it causing even more pain. It is recommended that you remain off the foot and elevate it while in pain. Applications of ice and heat do not usually help that much with gout. Some have found that using an ibuprofen muscle rub on the affected joint can help reduce the inflammation and lessen the pain considerably.
The signs and symptoms of gout can come on suddenly without warning. The joint may become swollen and turn red. It might also feel warm to the touch. There will also be a great deal of pain involved. The most important thing to remember is that this condition is not limited to your big toe. It can affect any and all joints even though attacking your feet is still considered one of the most common.
The signs and symptoms of gout can last a few hours to a few days. Some sever cases can last much longer than those into weeks at a time. This is a long time to be suffering. Since you will most likely not be able to walk around easily it can affect your life dramatically. If this condition is not treated it can lead to even more joint problems that will only complicate matters more. You can cause permanent damage to your joints by not treating gout.
In some cases the signs and symptoms can include flu like symptoms like fevers and chills. Some may also experience increased heart rate and blood pressure. Severe pain can also lead to nausea and vomiting. It all depends on how severe your case is, and I recommend you get your see doctor if you suspect you are suffering from this condition. Starting treatments as soon as possible can reduce the chances of you suffering from another attack. If you have already gone through this once it is illegally you will want to repeat it any time soon. Your doctor will have several different things you can do to avoid another flare-up. They may also be able to prescribe you medicines that can help with the pain and inflammation of the flare-ups when they occur.