Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because of an intense burning sensation in your big toe? If so, you might be experiencing gout.
Gout attacks are most likely to strike at night. They start out moderately, but gradually get worse. Most attacks cease after a week, but it is common to have a second attack within 6 months to 2 years later. Mild attacks are often misdiagnosed as tendinitis or a sprain. With the progression of the disease, attacks will increase in intensity and persistence. Severe attacks can cause harm to the cartilage and can have lingering soreness that lasts up to a month.