Today, after visiting my local ER for a very painful unexplained swelling of my left foot joint, I was told by the doctor I possible have Gout. The word alone scared the wits out of me and I am now faced with lots of questions and uncertainty! What does this mean for my violin playing and profession and also my health? Although I was told to follow up with my doctor for more tests, I am already thinking the worst, the end of my playing and a painfull life ahead. Does anyone know more about this, any information would be very much welcomed...
(((Gout is a painful and potentially disabling form of arthritis that was described in the days of Hippocrates. Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. )))
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