A gout flare can happen at any moment. Patients who have experienced one say next to the pain, it’s the fact that it happens so unexpectedly that makes it so scary. It likely starts with a tingling feeling in the toe which quickly escalates into excruciating pain. Before you know it, you’re helpless and incapable of walking for the next few days.
Thankfully, there are a few warning signs you can watch for. This is not just to prevent gout attacks, but to prevent the condition itself from worsening. If gout runs in your family, or you’ve recently been diagnosed with gout, here are some early warning signs to watch out for.
Burning, Itching, or Tingling Sensation
Most gout sufferers say they experience a burning, itching, or tingling feeling in their joint just an hour or two before the attack happens. It may also feel stiff or sore. However, some don’t experience any of these sensations at all.
Gout can be different for every person, so one person’s telltale signs may be different from yours. If you’ve previously experienced a gout attack, take note of the sensations leading up to an attack so that you feel better prepared when it happens.