I have pretty bad swelling, redness & pain in the 2nd toe on my right foot, which started suddenly about 2-3 days ago. I am 63 yrs. old and have been recently diagnosed (6 mo's ago) with bone-on-bone osteoarthritis in that foot, and that pain had been going on for quite sometime before that. However, since that foot pain started, I had never before had anything like this swelling, redness & pain in any toe at all. I also have had Crohn's Disease since age 19, but that has been in remission for the most part for 25 years, even though when active it was so severe that I had many bowel resections
, have had an ileostomy
since age 27, and only have 6 ft. of small bowel left (since 1984) and only a few inches of colon. However, knowing my body as I do at this point, I don't feel this has anything to do with that. I suspect some kidney involvement, only because about 10 days or so ago, I had some pain (not severe, but definitely unusual for me) in the back above the waist on the left side one day & the right side the next, but then it went away. I have also been having some dizziness that is unusual for me, and what feels like heart palpitations maybe. I looked at info on gout last night online, but mostly couldn't identify with lifestyles, etc., that can lead to it. Never have I known to have high levels of uric acid. Blood work was done this past Jan. and uric acid was not elevated. Stress, however, has been huge lately, for a myriad of reasons. Any ideas? I have taken apple cider vinegar, total of maybe 3 tbs. since reading last night that it was helpful for gout, taken extra B-12, which is impossible for me to get any way but by injection or sublingual because of all the missing small intestine, as you know; I've been doing sublingual for several yrs., every day, and injections before that. B-12 was normal in Jan. I've never had gout symptoms before that I know of, but can't figure this toe thing out. If it is an infection, and the soaking for 1/2 hr. tonight in epson salts, along with the other things I've mentioned doing, does not make big difference by tomorrow, I suspect maybe I should go to Urgent Care, since my family practice gal is 2 hrs. each way from where I currently live, and I'm afraid that drive would be extremely uncomfortable under the circumstances. Thank you so much for any advice.