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    Yesterday I started having an attack in my left ankle. I've hardly slept overnight due to the pain and today I just want to cry in agony.

    I used to get regular attacks so started taking allopurinol but since then I've stopped drinking week days (the root cause of it) and have since weened myself off it a could of years ago and I have been fine since. Alas it seems that was a really stupid idea.

    Is there anything I can do to stop it? What's not helping is that Ive got an 11 month old daughter who's woken up like Tigger on speed today and I'm stuck on the bed unable to even twitch a toe.

    If I take a trip to A&E will they be able to drain it or is that considered a waste of their time?

    This hurts so much I want to cut my foot my foot off with a rusty saw just to stop the pain.

    I don't have any allopurinol left and I have no way of getting some on a Saturday. Do I seriously just have to ride this out?
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      Feel for you there. Dreadful pain. I would at the very least try and get something drug wise to help. Why not phone the out of hours doc or that NHS line to at least speak to someone
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      Don't they reckon cherry juice is good for it, everywhere has cherries at the moment so try winding a load of them back.
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      I had it a few months ago in my toes. It hurts like hell. It's not just tea that sets it off - the main culprits are beer and red meat ( bacon in particular ). Unless you can get a prescription for an anti-inflammatory painkillers are your best bet ..... oh and dumping the beer !
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      I have plenty of Allopurinol. Have been taking it for maybe 15 years, never had an attack since. No reason to stop taking it.
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      I've heard cherry juice helps but isn't going to miraculously fix it, I went A&E years ago after my first attack, was a while before I was seen they prescribed pain killers which took the edge off the pain, best thing to do is on call Dr or weekend walk in surgery (there is one at Brighton station) they can prescribe Colchicine it's for acute attacks of gout, its a very old and toxic drug but works, eat before you take one. Oh and get back on the Allopurinol after the gout stops.
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      I have plenty of Allopurinol. Have been taking it for maybe 15 years, never had an attack since. No reason to stop taking it.
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      Allopurinol is the drug you need
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      I suffer too (10 years or so), and there is a big difference between what behaviour you can take to prevent attacks and what your options are once an attack occurs.

      I concur with the cherries. They can alleviate the effects by breaking down the crystals and thereby reducing swelling and the pain. I have found over the years that their effectiveness has reduced and I am concerned if you have a "full on" attack that they might not be man enough for the job. I don't take any ongoing medicines for probably the same concerns that you have, but I mitigate the frequency of attacks through watching those trigger foods, that you learn by experience (mushrooms was the big discovery over the last year). I have a prescription for a serious anti-inflammatory painkiller called Naproxen that deals with the attacks when they occur.

      I sympathise with your situation being caught out on a weekend without medication to resolve the attack. What I do know is that it won't go away without help. So unless you prefer to wait it out until Monday, which sounds like something you don't really want to do, then I too would suggest picking up the phone to the out of hours service and explain what has happened, I'm sure they will understand and help you. Otherwise down to A and E and explain the situation. Don't lye there in agony.
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      Dehydration is a major problem in this weather. Real cherry juice is excellent, anti-inflammatory like naproxen could be available from A&E, but as a specialist said to me aim to drink x 2ltr's of water a day. Buxton seems the only water I can drink in sufficient volume- doesn't seem to bloat you out, this dilutes the uric acid crystals. Remember you only have to dehydrate a small percentage ( very easy in this weather) and you will increase the concentrate of uric acid in your urine. Water is the key.

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