I am being tested for markers of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) tomorrow morning...but I think it is obvious I have lymphoedema since I had a two tests earlier this year and the technician showed me the lymph build up in my left ankle/foot. I also have an enlarged elbow (with what looks like a bursa sac but probably is just more lymphoedema). I told my primary doctor about the pain I am having as well as swelling in both leg and elbow....and that is when she ordered the test for markets for RA.
The reason I am writing this is to let everyone know that I took methylprednisolone (4 mg steroids) almost complete pac over Easter weekend. The swelling in both my ankle/foot and elbow went way down and the pain went away for the few blessed days that I took the steroids and a couple days after I ran out. (The pac I had was left over from a prescription that I started one day back in November 2020 but did not finish as I hated to take them and I was fine at that time so I stopped.) Well, I told my primary doctor about the steroids and how they made me feel great with no pain-- her response was "Hmmmmm- that is interesting... " and she setup the test I am having tomorrow. I think it is a total waste of time but have to check it out.
The real issue is "can you take steroids to cure lymphoedema or is it only temporary?" and I have kidney issues now and do not/ should not be taking anything that can make that worse. I am doing the diet and drinking plenty of water and trying to exercise but my foot hurts so much I can hardly standup or walk.
I saw a comment about how a cortisone shot had helped someone else. Maybe it was the same situation I had-- steroids/cortisone can temporarily help the symptons of lymphoedema but they cannot cure?????? Does anyone know? Does my doctor know? I hope to ask that question of her in the next couple weeks if/when I get to see her. Thank you and hope you don't get what I have! It really hurts!