So it's not enough that my shoulder is fucking ruined. I also have an acute sinus/ear infection. So I went to the doc this morning to get some antibiotics. The joint in the left big toe has been hurting off and on for about a week. It started to really hurt yesterday. I could whack on it with no change in pain, but sometimes light pressure (like from a heavy blanket) would make it hurt a lot. So the doc asks me about it, asks me what I'm eating (he knows I lift) and tells me I have "textbook gout." http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/174/main.html It is obviously a result of a high protein diet, but usually only when the person does not consume enough water and/or uses a lot of caffeine or drinks a lot of wine. I drink a metric shit ton of water, I have the equivalent of one or two diet Cokes a day, and I barely drink alcohol. So, whatever, my kidneys want a vacation. I guess I'll just skip the shakes and eat normally for a week or so.