I think I've got gout

Yes, it sounds like the sort of thing Dr Johnson had, along with Scrofula and warts. Henry VIII had it.

Walking down Rose Street today to collect my Eterna watch from the repairer's, I suddenly experienced a sudden excruciating pain in my foot, near my big toe. And I mean excruciating. It reduced me to a whimpering, limping bundle of misery. It has happened a few times before and it lasts about 6 hours or so, but can linger.As yet there is no swelling, but I have had arthritis before and it can be progressive. So off I must go to the quack I suppose. That'll be the marathon off then. Of course, it may not be gout, which is apparently exacerbated by the consumption of rich foods and beer.

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