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The main symptom of gout is a sudden attack of severe pain in one or more joints, typically your big toe.
Other symptoms can include:
The intense pain can make getting around difficult. Even the light pressure of a bed cover or blanket can be unbearable.
Gout can affect almost any joint and can occur in more than one joint at the same time.
The joints towards the ends of the limbs tend to be affected more often, including the:
If gout is left untreated, it's likely to affect more joints over time.
Attacks of gout tend to:
It's difficult to predict how often attacks will occur and when exactly they will happen.
See your GP if you suspect you have gout and it hasn't been previously diagnosed.
Contact your GP immediately or call NHS 111 if you have both:
This could mean you have an infection inside the joint (septic arthritis).
If you've already been diagnosed with gout and you have an attack, see your GP if any medication you've been prescribed doesn't start working within a couple of days.