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Fairly certain I have Arthritis

Hi. Recently my GP suggested she thought I had some form of arthritis in my ankles. Even though they were swollen - fluid both in the joints and external to the joint confirmed from ultrasound, swollen legs (right worse than left), a feeling of tenderness which felt like my tendons, 'prickly heat' feeling, a general ache most of the time with more pain at limits of ROM, there was no evidence of heightened inflammatory markers!! Regular x-rays showed no marked degeneration.  My left ankle was swollen probably twice its normal size and was red and tender. 

I generally dont feel the best - more tired than anything. I find walking on uneven ground a right killer. While it doesnt keep me awake at night, it is uncomfortable.

No other joints are affected.

Unfortunately I can not get in to see a specialist for about three months.

What questions should I be asking? How do i best manage this till the specialist appointment?

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  • hello buggame!!
    welcome to arthritis-health and how to start using our system

    i know how bad arthritis can hurt. and when inflammation sets in, that makes it even worse. but you did not have any inflammation markers. what kind of specialist are you going to see?
    below are some links to articles you may want to read. also go to the top of the page and click on "living with arthritis". reading these may help with your questions for your doctor.

    what are some basic arthritis medications? 
    the blend 

    take care and keep us posted.

    Sandra
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 129

    I have Osteoarthritis in all of my joints.  Never did I have any swollen joints/ankles with any fluid.  Most of the time swollen ankles with fluid indicate some type of circulation/heart related issue.

    I do not believe Osteoarthritis would cause the swelling, but Rheumatoid Arthritis, being an immune problem can cause swollen joints, specially in the ankles.  Since X-Rays is one of the better diagnostic tools in identifying arthritis, the fact that they did not show any deterioration, would make me think its Rheumatoid vs Osteoarthritis.

    Blood tests will probably be the best tool to identify the RA.   As far as helping with your discomfort, right now, ice is probably your best friend.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
     I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com  
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