Hi Elizabeth. Great advice form the posters here. The first part of the problem is a doctor problem. ANY doctor worth his/her salt should NEVER,EVER prescribe a patient a drug like Allopurinol without a current kidney test and a liver test. Especially a patient with a family history of kidney problems. Your second doctor’s opinion was spot on. And you are right, Gout is often genetic so you are fighting that also.
I do agree with the posters, though. If your blood tests are showing normal results, what is the issue of taking a pill every day to help keep your Uric Acid in check? As you get older, your bodies ability to regulate itself is going to slow and Allopurinol is going to help you in that regard. The side effects are mostly minimal, and as long as you are continuing to have your blood work, kidney and liver functions checked, and regulating your diet and health, you should be fine.
As James stated, it’s a matter of choice. Gout attacks suck, and with a family history of Gout, I’d be willing to bet with even the most strict lifestyle changes, diet, supplements, etc. you’d be fighting a big uphill battle.