So I’m going to add to my list. I had a total of three doctor appointments last week on Thursday and Friday. Thursday was specifically to check in with the GP regarding the lower leg swelling. The good news is that nothing showed up, so I’ve been told to wear compression stockings, keep my legs up, and limit sodium. That’s not exciting, but manageable.
When I saw the rheumatologist on Friday, I brought up the swelling, and other issues. My ankle on the same side as I had the surgery started hurting a few weeks ago. Sharp pain, like there’s shards of glass, on the outside side of my ankle. Bad enough to keep me up at night, but not absolutely constant. Definitely interfering with activity and rehabbing from the foot surgery. I tossed out there the possibility of gout. She said it’s certainly possible, and let’s check my uric acid levels. In the meantime, I’m already on colchicine, and she added in meloxicam. So I’m having some slight improvement since starting the meloxicam, but not as much as I’d like. Uric acid levels were normal, and my doctor is out of town this week to discuss the results.
She also did x-rays of my right hip, which has become more problematic. Shows no arthritis, but shows:
“Right hip xray shows no arthritis in the hip joint but there is punctate soft tissue
calcification in the right greater trochanter which can be from previous injection or trochanteric bursitis.”
All I can tell you is that the location of the hip pain does NOT match the area that they mention, and I’ve never had injections in either hip. That said, I’m wondering if it’s the other hip bursa, or iliopsoas bursitis, that’s causing that pain. Again, my rheumatologist is out of town this week, so I need to wait.
I’m asking to have x-rays of the left ankle. It’s not time to have follow up x-rays yet again post surgery, and to follow fracture healing in both feet, but because I had three fractures in my feet. . . . I’m tossing around the possibility of gout vs fracture, and I have absolutely no clue. I definitely need to get a better handle on things, regardless. If it’s gout and not improving, or if it’s (just) inflammation, I’ll ask about a cortisone shot. If it’s a fracture, that would be one of the worst things to do. Definitely an issue.
So if you were wondering how I’m feeling? A bit downhearted right now. I’ve got a lot of pain, and no answers. Not much fun. I was really hoping to be able to increase my activity level, and that’s not possible right now.