A few months ago I've mentioned I had a litany of health complications after going in for outpatient surgery. Well, I am still alive. And I leaned if you have a predisposition toward gout surgery can create instant gout. Oh, good lord. I'd heard that was painful but that is an understatement. It's worse than having needles stuck in you. It was worse than when I broke my arm. The pain was incredible. Naturally, when I got with my doctor after getting out of the hospital, the first thing I did was ask what to do to avoid that again. The answer is pills. You have to control the uric acid--and mine had gotten too high. Well, two days ago my doctor did a follow up test and I am at 5, and you need to be under 6 to be out of danger of gout. Theoretically, the medicine my doctor prescribed is working and I can relax about gout. A lot of people don't think about gout. Next time you're talking to your doctor, you might ask. I couldn't believe how bad having gout was.