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Indomethacin is a dangerous drug which is know to affect some people’s stomach. That side effect causes many doctor and ER visits and can be deadly.
I don’t know if that’s the side effect you got but if so, there are drugs called PPIs you can take with indomethacin to keep that in check. Unfortunately, these drug have side effects too…
I would recommend discussing these side effects with your GP. As you noticed, the class of drug called NSAIDs which includes indomethacin helps a lot with gout symptoms. So even if you barely tolerate these drugs, it can be worth taking a pill or two during serious attacks. Maybe you could try another NSAID. Just be very careful not to damage your stomach and oesophagus.
I would never take indomethacin daily but some people do tolerate it, at least initially (the side effects can get worse over time).

6 weeks is a long time. I would recommend getting an extra blood test or two during your first months on allopurinol (and colchicine if you end up taking that regularly).
Most people tolerate these drugs well but some people do not. You might not notice immediately if your liver takes them badly but a blood test would show abnormal liver function values. Kidney function is also something which should be tested often when starting these drugs.

Thanks for the explanation but as you might have guessed, I don’t understand what’s going on with your thyroid. I don’t know what drug you take for that and how that might affect your gout or interact with gouty drugs or dietary changes.

There is store-brand plain yoghurt with no added sugar in every chain store here. It’s the big brands which tend add sugar into everything. So I would recommend you look around.
I don’t know what your serving size is but yoghurt can have 4-7% sugars when no sweetener is added. The naturally-occuring sugars in dairy are OK. So it’s fine if the dietary information shows a small value in the “sugars” category but you should avoid products which have “sugar” in the ingredient list (often times, you’ll find some maize product such as HFCS instead of “sugar” which is no better).
You could eat other dairy products but some studies suggest you’d do better picking products which contain little fat such as yoghurt made from skimmed milk as opposed to the the ones containing lots of fat such as cheese. Many dairy products are in between these two as far as fat content is concerned. See what’s available in your area.

If you have gout, you need the same amount of protein as someone who doesn’t have gout.

For what it’s worth, I disagree with Keith about protein from plants.
Still, “legumes and beans, NO” is way too strong. Likewise, “yes you can” is simplistic. Of course you can eat legumes and beans. Better eat that than meat. But they’re not necessarily harmless. There are differences between various legumes and larger differences between various plants. Then there is the matter of processed foods made from plants.
Since you mentionned spinach and chicken, I’ll use these as an illustration. Both foods are about as bad for gout if you’re using them as protein sources or energy sources. But of course most people would not use spinach that way because it would require eating very large amounts. Chicken is much more nutritous. If you were to put equal amounts of spinach and chicken on your plate, the chicken would be way worse (like 7 times, possibly more depending on how the spinach was cooked). So spinach is basically harmless the way most people eat it.
Bottom line: you can eat pretty much anything in small amounts and most plants in larger amounts. You should eat lots of vegetables but, ideally, you should get much of your protein from dairy. Grains and legumes are the next best thing. And if you don’t eat dairy, you need legumes to balance the protein mix of grain.
Yes, the above is simplistic (I would not recommend eating large amounts of broccoli for instance) but I dare say my kind of simplistic is better than telling people not to eat legumes or that plant protein is good for gout.