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I am 51 and have had gout for 4 years with intermittent attacks. 5 months ago I started Allopurinol and am at 300mgs now. Went from UA 8-9 to around 5+. I don't drink and lost 50 pounds. My diet is good (plain oatmeal, fruit, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, almonds, 6-8 oz chicken, vegies, bean/vegetable soup and sweet potatoes). I stay under 1500 calories a day. Got to lose 30 more pounds.
I still get flair ups - every 10 days or so. Its like a 4 or 5...I can walk (limp) on it but its a nagging pain in the same joint (big toe). I take colcrys and Naproxen at first sign of pain to keep it from getting worse. It usually fully goes away in 2-3 days.
I just started drinking cherry juice, and apple cider vinegar, but it doesn't seem to make a difference.
1) Is it normal to have these flair ups on Allopurinol ongoing? do I just consider this part of my life now? ask for an increase to 500mgs? or ask Dr for something else?
2) what else is there to take? I have no side effects on Allo other than these flair ups.
I know some of you have it worse. But I cannot plan ANYTHING (gym, social, outings) because I simply don't know if ill wake up limping.
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