I remember my first bout with gout all too well. It was a couple years ago and I woke up with my right foot very painful to touch, especially the part to the left of my big toe. It was painful to touch and had a slight (and sometimes more than slight) burning sensation, all of which I never felt before, but since I never had it before, I had no idea it was gout. I just thought I injured myself.
I tried putting ice on my foot, I even tried wrapping it, but nothing helped, and the pain was so intense by then that it hurt to have anything touch it, and putting a sock and or shoe on it is out of the question all together. I ended up going to the local emergency room, who went on to misdiagnose it as a “foot sprain” and gave me a walking boot to wear until my foot healed. After about five days of pain, it finally returned to normal, and I believed it was really just a sprain like the doctor advised.
A month later, I woke up with the same pain. I was really wondering to myself how did I injure the same foot in exactly the same way, especially when I don’t remember inuring it in the first place. At that point I was just thankful I already had the walking boot so I could go places without trying to put the painful shoe on my foot. After a couple days of pain, I went to a different emergency room who diagnosed me with gout. They could have given me an anti-inflammatory medicine, but I opted to just wait it out since I was already on day two of a usual four or five days that it lasts.
The doctor did tell me what usually causes a gout flare-up. The main cause is a high Uric Acid count, and the causes include drinking alcohol, which makes sense since my first two outbreaks were the day after I drank alcohol. Other causes include eating red meat, and genetics (if your parents had gout, you are more likely to have it also).
Gout is very painful, but thankfully it is treatable and does usually go away with in five days, plus I know what causes flare-ups, so I try to avoid things that causes it in the first place.