Even if one is supposed to lose weight in order to prevent future gout attacks, one cannot start exercising right away, because that increases the amount of uric acid in the body. I had been walking somewhat regularly up until 2 months ago, and then I stopped, because the sciatic nerve had gotten to be too much, and prevented me from walking around much. So advice that I should lose weight is rather useless, when the medical condition(s) prevents me from exercising.
The back is mostly better, but it's not 100% well--while I haven't experienced sciatic nerve recently, sometimes the back will ache if I'm bent forward or backward. And just as that was starting to finally get better, I get gout. Unbelievable. The right large toe is not as bad as it was a week ago, but it is still swollen and tender, hurting if I try to flex it back as far as possible. Now my right thumb joint, where the thumb meets the rest, is starting to ache a little, and I feel aches in my hips, so I wonder if those pains are related.
Eh. Now the left thumb joint feels weird as well. Maybe it's carpal tunnel syndrome.