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can you get gout in your neck

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can you get gout in your neck?

No you cannot get Gout in the neck. Gout usually affects the large joint of the big toe of the feet, but it can occur in the feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
my husband is having a giut attack in his ankle right now and since last night has not been able to turn his head. our pharmacist said gout could settle anywhere there is a joint and thought possibly it could be gout since the back of his neck is what hurts. she didn't believe it was a reaction to the medication allopurinol. he has a headache but no fever.

Gout can affect the joints I mentioned above. It does not affect the neck joints. There can be other reasons for the pain.

Has he received any pain relief meds yet?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
he has taken vicodin he had on hand from his knee replacement surgery.
When did he take this med?
How does he rate his pain now on a scale of 10, 10 being worst?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
he took 3 vicodin throughout the day yesterday and 2 extra strength tylenol 2 hours ago. he has an exteremely high pain tolerence (passes kidney stones regularly and keeps working) and says right now his pain is about a 7.
I was just reading this very interesting question and actually according to an article there were 15 cases of cervical gout that have been described in the literature.    

Gout in the cervical spine can very rarely cause cord compression.
Since he is not able to turn his head he needs radiological imaging studies of the neck done.

Though this is rare, this is a possibility.    

Please read the abstract of the article:

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I would say that we take Dr Ravoof's opinion into account and get your husband some additional pain relief at the same time. I am recommending that if possible he be taken to the ER and provided a shot of pain killers to help with:

1. ankle pain
2. headache
3. neck pain

I think this is considerable pain and discomfort that he is handling right now and he should be provided the necessary pain relief. Further, since there is rare (all of 15 cases as yet) possibility of cervical gout, I would recommend a radiological exam such as an Xray or an MRI.
Thanks Dr Bhumika.

I agree with the respected doctor. Normally gout will not involve the cervical joints.

I do advise the customer to follow her recommendations.