Our expert says:
Gout usually effects a single joint, is acutely painful and the severity of the pain will soon drive you to the doctor. Arthritis usually effects the smaller joints of the hands. The symptoms are symetric, characterised by painful stiff swollen joints.
I suggest that you consult your doctor for blood tests and x-rays of your hands and feet. This will shed more light on the type of arthritis causing your symptoms.
Dr Anrich Burger
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