I had a episode of gout in my left foot and left shin. It was a sharp pain that lasted more than a few seconds. Then suddenly my right foot started to swell. My left foot didn’t swell. The right foot didn’t have the gout pain and it swelled. Is this common? How do I get the swelling down? Does this affect kidney function?

I am unable to explain the swelling. Gout does not cause pain for just a few seconds. Gout causes pain that is very intense and usually lasts for hours to days. I suggest that you see your primary care physician for a complete evaluation. I would seriously doubt the diagnosis of gout if it only lasted a few seconds.

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