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DR. ROACH: Acute vs. chronic

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DEAR DR. ROACH: Since January, I have had gout in my right big toe five times. I have been treated by an internist, and was given methylprednisolone (4-mg dose packs) five times. The medicine works only to the point of getting rid of the worst of it, but it comes right back -- sometimes one or two days after taking the last pill.

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