And its painful. Noticed a bit of pain in my right foot Tuesday after work didn't think too much about it till I looked at the foot when I took a shower and it was swollen. Went to the doc yesterday and he took some blood won't know for sure unless it flares up again and they have to take fluid from the joint itself. the pain and swelling is a lot better today after mega doses of anti-inflammatory med. Anyone out there live with this and what works and doesn't for you. Funny thing is that alchohol and beer especially can trigger gout but I don't even drink and I rarely eat red meat so go figure.