So I finally hit the ripe old age of 31 last month. During late August-October, my Dr put me on Symbyax (an anti-depressant) for 2 months causing me to gain right on 50 pounds. A switch to another anti-depressant caused an additional 10 pounds. My resolution for 2012 was to be completely med free, so I stopped taking all meds just to see how long I can go without them or if it could be fixed simply by eating right and exercising again. Right in the midst of putting myself back on a regular diet/workout regimen, I was diagnosed with "gout hands" this past Friday. Off and on since I stopped the Symbyax, my right hand was becoming painful between my thumb & forefinger, and by this past Thursday afternoon, my entire hand had swollen almost to the point of resembling a baseball glove. The only other person I've ever known in my life to have battled anything with gout was my step-grandfather, and he was in his mid-70s. Is this something that can happen at any age?
Also, glad to be back to regular participation on the board! I've been away for a few years due to self-induced workaholism - I've missed you all!