Joe - the problem with gout is that if you have had it once, you can get another attack in the future. Repeated attacks , besides causing you incredible pain, can leave your joint very stiff and dysfunctional - not good for your running career. You need to find out if your serum uric acid is too high, and what might be the reason if it is. If it is high (hyperuricemia), this should be treated with medications and diet modifications. Gout attacks, on the other hand, are treated with still other medications, like indomethacin or colchicine. As far as where you are at now, you might want to discuss with your doctor going on colchicine once per day and getting the joint injected with cortisone in order to get things feeling better more rapidly. Remember, once you are feeling better, the focus should change to prevention - using colchicine once daily, treating hyperuricemia (if present), and even drinking cherry juice (which has been reported to help anecdotally).
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