man, i woke this morning and my toe was screaming. i suffer from gout attacks. they don't happen often but when one happens it's tough. i had my first encounter with a gout attack back in 1998. i went to bed with a little soreness in my big toe and didn't think much about it. later that night i was in tears. i didn't have a clue what was up but i knew that my toe was on fire. it was swollen and red and hot to the touch (but i couldn't stand to touch it). i had my wife drive me to the emergency room at the hospital and i knew i was going to lose my toe. the doctor told me that it was gout and he gave me some pills for it and sent me home (i didn't lose the toe after all). after a few days it subsided and everything was fine. well, i read everything i could find about gout and tried to eat the foods that were recommended and avoid the purine rich foods for awhile but that didn't last long. it was over a year before i had my second attack. it was still painful but not nearly as scary as the first time. since 98 i've had gout attacks in both my knees and in one finger. of course the big toes are the most likely places and i have had attacks in both of them several times. i guess it's just something that i will endure for the rest of my life and was wondering if anyone else suffers from gout attacks.