I woke up May 1st with a little back pain, and a funny burning in my right big toe. The joint pain increased over the next couple of days. The doc thought I had gout. Tests come back - no gout. I get some anti-inflammatory pills and some pain killers, an appointment with the podiatrist and continue to pound away on my feet in my busy restaurant job 8 to 10 hours a day 6 and 7 days a week for a few weeks (we were short staffed). The pain became overwhelming, especially now in my left ankle (opposite foot) because I was relying on it so much while limping on the right - so I munched more pain pills and got through it. Finally get to the podiatrist last week - this doc thinks its gout - puts my left foot (ankle) in a boot and gives me gout meds for the right. No change - no gout as it turns out. Then I get put on steroids and put out of work for the forseeable future - which help the swelling in the left ankle which had been essentially severely sprained.
Now - a month on, left foot in a boot, ankle still not fixed, left big toe in some pain now, right big toe in pain but manageable, out of work, bored as hell, depressed, and my back hurts from top to bottom because I’ve bin hobbling for 30+ days.
Boo hoo. Sorry to bitch, just getting it off my chest and keeping everybody updated, if anyone still checks this page.