(Weds. 9/15) Anyone here suffer from gout, or know someone who does? I have been getting about a half-dozen attacks a year for over ten years, I am having one now, and let me tell you... You may as well plan on going barefoot if it hits any part of your foot, because it hurts like hell just to put on socks, and shoes are out of the question. If it hits a knee, you cannot bend the knee at all without tooth-gritting pain. Try getting around with a locked-up knee for a while. Fortunately, there is effective medication, although it can take a few hours to a couple of days to completely control the attack. I cannot imagine how awful it must have been for patients prior to the discovery of the medication. (Sat. 9/17)Whadda bummer- this latest gout attack I am having is lasting a lot longer than most. The medication is keeping me from being in agony, or flat on my back, but it has not knocked the attack completely out in a couple of days as it usually does. So instead of doing what all 56-year old youths are supposed to do on Saturday night (ie going out, and drinking and whoring around), I gotta stay cooped up. If my computer crashes I'll really be bored.