That about sums up the last 24 hours. There I was in bed sleeping, minding my own business, when all of a sudden my foot starts to blow up. Woke me up at 3:30 am, all swollen and hurting like hell. WTF?! I hadn’t done anything to it, hadn’t fallen, tripped, smacked or kicked it. What the hell was going on?
Psuedogout. That’s right, PSUEDO-GOUT. Apparently, people who have recently had surgery on a joint (hello! ankle and knee here!) often have calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals show up, which in turn causes said joint to blow up and inflict intense pain.
It’s just like regular Gout, but without all the fun of gorging on steak, lobster and beer for years and years and years.
I had to go downstairs and ice the thing from 3:30 am – 6:30 am before it calmed down enough for me to sleep. Doc said the intravenous fluids during the surgery were the most likely cause and that it should go away on its own. Otherwise to come on back for a cortisone shot.
Right now it’s about half the size it was, but still tender to walk on. Hopefully there’s nothing more to see here, show’s over, move along. Still, can’t help thinking, WTF is gonna happen to me next?!!