Well, I eventually got a blood test and my uric acid levels are 479, which the Dr says is moderately high. My last test was in the low 500, and that was done around a year ago, which is when I was hitting the beer really quite hard .
Kidney function is fine but they didn’t test liver function, unfortunately.
Since I last posted I’ve had a really bad flare in my left big toe/ball joint, which is a location I’ve never had attacked before, and I also ended up with a skin infection in that area too. For that I had a course of Colchicine and Penicillin for the infection. I now have bunion type thing, but the Dr doesn’t think that’s related to the attack. Although it wasn’t there before!
Dr agreed it was tophi in my ear… In fact she had a student in the room at the time and I was kinda used as a ‘good’ example of Gout etc.!
I’ve now been prescribed one a day 300mg Allopurinol.
I hope this is enough info. I’m kind of happy to take the Allopurinol but I’d much rather control with diet, if that;’s doable that is.