Wrongly prescribed allopurinol and now stuck on it
I was diagnosed with gout at age 26, female and was vegan at the time, pretty healthy diet. I was told that it’s genetic, and I do have a family history of gout amongst other kidney problems. After diagnosis, I was given anti-inflammatories which helped reduce the pain and inflammation and going to my follow-up appt my regular doc was on holiday. The fill-in doc told me I needed to take allopurinol to reduce the uric acid in my body and silly naive me didn’t think to get a second opinion. I was given a 100mg dose and that didn’t work.
While I tried that for about three months I also went to a naturopath and tried copious amounts of supplements, herbs, cherry juice, you name it, to no avail. Finally, my regular doc sent me to see a kidney specialist, and he told me that I should never have been put on it in the first place but now I’m on it and there’s nothing else I can do. He upped me to 300mg/day and that’s worked to keep my uric acid down just fine. However, I’m now 33 and just sick of being reliant on a drug that I shouldn’t need to take. I don’t have any gout symptoms, except for when I try to wean myself off the meds and then I get a small flare-up. Is it worth the risk of increasing my uric acid levels to get off the meds? Also, I would like to try to eliminate the foods that are triggers for me, but how can I do that while I’m taking the allopurinol and have no symptoms? Rock. Hard place… Any advice greatly appreciated!
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