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Severe Ankle and Foot Pain

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  • Posted By: RoundRockTX
  • February 14, 2013
  • 09:37 PM

A newbie here and I'm at a loss for relief.  I can't explain it to co-workers because they think I'm crazy but here is my situation.  About every 12-24 months I have a flare up in either the left or right ankle but never at the same time.  It gets twice the size of my other ankle and changes color a bit.  It isn't caused by exercise or an accident, it just shows up out of nowhere.  This is the 4th time in the last 5 years and I'm starting to see a pattern.  I usually have a stomach issue a week before it shows up.  MRIs and xrays have shown nothing.  It is obviously an autoimmune disease but I can't think of which one.  I mean to tell you I am on crutches for a minimum of 3 weeks and the pain is the same throughout the course of the flare-up and then it's gone.  I teach so this makes that job even harder and I can't help my wife with the kids which causes major stress on our marriage.  I don't know where to start.  I'm going to my podiatrist tomorrow.  He said 2 years ago if this happens again, we will order blood work for RA.  However, that often shows up negative in a lot of RA patients.  Any ideas of what it might be?  I had a theory that I have a virus much like a herpes or shingles virus that comes out during stress and attacks my ankle joints.  I also, used to get strep throat every year about this time and that has been gone for about 6 years.  I'm wondering if it's possible if the strep now makes itself present in another part of the body ie the ankles.  Always one at a time.  Loss for words and hope.  I just know that the next 3-4 weeks will be sleepless nights with throbbing ankle pain and crawling around the house.  I can put zero pressure on this foot.  I would be okay if I could walk differently while its flaired up but this is not an option.

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