In December, I started having severe pain and swelling that first started in my big toe and and traveled into my ankle. The ankle became so swollen and sore that I could not walk or use that foot at all. I went to the ER, and was diagnosed with Gout. About a week later, I had another bout with gout, in the same ankle that lasted a couple of days. About two weeks passed, and I had another bout of gout, only this time, it was in the opposite foot. My doctor put me on 300mg of Allopurinol daily. About two weeks ago I woke up to pain in the fingers of my right hand, they were stiff, and hard for me to bend. Since then, both of my hands and wrist have started to have the same feeling. They have severe pain in the joints, they get very stiff, and at times when bent, feel as if I might not be able to get them straight again. The doctor sent me for blood work, and the RA Factor Test was at 6.5, my Sed Rate was 16, and the Uric Acid level was 4.5. She also had me do a ANA which was Negative. I do not understand what is going on with my hands and all of the pain, but was wondering if anyone has had any of these problems, and what they thought should be done, and what I need to do about this problem?