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Excrutiating ankle pain that comes and goes

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  • Posted By: Gill Sperrin
  • September 23, 2008
  • 00:12 PM

11 years ago I woke up with a very swollen and excrutiatingly painful ankle - there was no injury - it just happened. At first it was suspected as gout, then rheumatoid arthritis, then psoriatic arthritis. Steroid injections helped for a short time, but subsequent injections made it worse. Oral steroids and methotrexate made no difference. Ibuprofen, diclofenac, paracetamol do precious little to alleviate pain and swelling. The only thing that has seemed to help over the years is the occasional antibiotic I have been prescribed - azithromycin for chest infections or metronidazole for tooth abscesses! I have periods of little pain and swelling - to sudden swelling and excruiating pain that can last for a day, a week, or sometimes months. Even when it is 'good' it lacks movement and I have difficulty with balance and walking down stairs or on an uneven surface. This year I had two arthroscopies with debridement - the first arthroscopy made it better than it had been for years, but after 8 weeks it was as bad as it had been before. The second arthroscopy did nothing to improve it. It is now suspected tuberculosis of the bone - but inconclusive. X-rays show it is a little arthritic, but nothing that would casue this amount of pain. I am at my wit's end. I am only 52 and used to play sports a lot - it is all I can do to walk round a supermarket now. HELP!

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  • Any luck? I have the same problem. I have had multiple injuries over a 30 yearperiod from martial arts (jujitsu). I have been to regular doctors, podiatrists, and orthopedic specialists. All have performed x rays, but don't see anything that can explain my symptoms.I can be fine one minute, then in severe pain the next. I'm 47 but have to walk up and down stairs (mainly down) like if I was 80 because the pain of simply stepping off a curb with myfull weight would cause severe pain.My ankles (one more than the other, but both) swell as the day goes on, and I have a sedentary job.I used to practice Jujitsu several times a week since the age of 12, and loved to run and playracquetball. Now all I can do is walk short distances. Taking Celebrex every day for about two weeks only offers mild relief but mostly of the swelling, not of the pain.
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    • January 2, 2009
    • 10:50 AM
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  • Hi - well I finally have a diagnosis - psoriatic arthritis - but I won't know the treatment until February. I'll keep you posted! :(
    Gill Sperrin 1 Replies
    • January 13, 2009
    • 03:35 PM
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