Sometime in 2001, I had the worst physical pain of my life in the form of Gout in my big toe. At the time, I had no idea what was causing the pain but I knew that the day before I’d consumed wine and walked several miles – not a typical activity for me at the time. Ignorantly, I placed a water pack on it but it made the pain worse. Once diagnosed, my friend and co-worker Lucas humorously suggested that King Henry VIII was the last person to have the condition.
Years passed with only one or two flares until the fall of 2015. It struck in one toe, then the other and back again. I was under a full scale assault and could only hit up the urgent care. On the first visit, they gave me Colchicine and Prednisone which wiped it right out. Unfortunately, it was back within weeks and began oscillating between toes again until it decided to hit my right wrist. Ouch! This time it was clear I had to get to a doctor.
A short visit concluded with another prescription of Colchicine and Allopurinol. For years, I’d resisted requesting the allopurinol because I don’t like the idea of being dependent on any prescription medication. This stuff works! It is not a pain medication but rather a preventative medicine. My overall health appears to have improved dramatically since starting nearly 2 weeks ago. The first week, I took 1-100mg pill per day. The second week which is almost done, I’m taking 2-100mg pills per day. The third week, I’ll take 3-100mg per day. It feels like my entire body has been flushed of toxins and garbage. My urine is darker which at the very least gives me the psychological relief that I’m getting rid of junk acid.
If you’re on the fence about Allopurinol, reconsider. Your life deserves it!