December 7, 2015 at 2:42 pm #22151
Now, that’s what I love to read!
Still a little gout, but you know it’s getting better. I remember that feeling with happiness.
It’s gonna be a great Christmas, Paul. 🙂December 11, 2015 at 2:47 pm #22161PaulParticipant
Blood test results: Uric acid levels now 0.31
It’s been 9 weeks since starting allopurinol. I couldn’t be happier.
Doctor said to stay on the 300mg dosage and that my levels were now safe. He still maintains I should not binge drink alcohol but agrees a pint here and there will not hurt. I’ve asked when I should return and he said unless I was suffering and kept taking the pills, not for a year.
I feel amazing. I’m going to stick to the diet, less meat, more veg, lots less alcohol, plenty of water. I’m also gonna be less paranoid about diet and alcohol.
Thank you Keith for all of your advice. I’m not sure if this journey is quite over yet but I’m pretty sure I’m heading in the right direction. That has a lot to do with your help and I’m forever grateful.
I reckon you’re going to advise to keep on with the pills and get back to the doctor for a blood test a lot sooner than a year later. Trust me I will but for now, I’m off out for a pint.
Merry Christmas friends, I feel your pain but as today suggests, it’s gonna be alright. 🙂December 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm #22168
Absolutely fantastic news, Paul.
Sensible doctors will always advise against binge-drinking, but it has more to do with general health than gout.
Please remember to get that check-up in a year. It’s best to have uric acid, kidney function, and liver function tested at least once a year for all gout sufferers. Better safe than sorry.
I know you’re going to have a great Christmas, Paul. 🙂December 18, 2015 at 1:53 am #22188PaulParticipant
Thanks Keith. One more question, should my allopurinol dosage ever be reduced now?
Merry Christmas to you, thank you so much. I will donate to the site when I get to a safe portal.
Still can’t believe it’s going to be alright!December 19, 2015 at 11:37 pm #22194
Believe it, Paul! You’ve worked hard to control your gout, so now’s the time to reap the rewards.
As for allopurinol, it’s important to get a uric acid test at least once a year, forever. Wisest to get kidney function test and liver function test at the same time – most UK practices include these automatically, but it’s always best to check.
I was hooked on channel 4 last night, so…
Live long and prosper \\// 🙂
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