I also suffer from gout and in my experience it really depends on how quickly you managed to catch the gout in the first place. When I had my first attack I didn;t know what it was and I have to tell you it still hurt even to swim with for 2-3 months.
My tips for getting the crystals gone are;
1) Water, water and more water! statying properly hydrated will aid your recovery
2) Avoid alcohol (all of it not just the yeasty beer)
3) Montmorency Concentrated Cherry Juice - It's expensive but it's high alkaline content is apparently good at combating the uric acid levels and ultimately the crystals that cause the pain. (well it seems to help me)
I am not a health professional just suffered for a longtime and the above is what I have learnt. Frustratingly I'm not over weight and don't drink beer just bad genetics!