Just over a week ago, my left ankle started to swell and I couldn't move my foot up and down or right and left. By the late evening, the whole foot was so painful I could not bear any weight on it at all. My toes had completely seized and would not bend, dreadful pain down the left hand side of my foot into the ankle and pain under the foot. Was dragging the foot along as couldn't walk on it at all.
Hubby asked what was wrong (these men are so insightful) and I burst into tears, hanging onto the bedroom door trying to get to the bathroom and told him I was in such pain, Took a couple of Nurofen and paracetemol and waited for some relief. Found an ice pack also helped with the swelling and pain and gradually over several days it began to go down. By the Monday I could get a shoe on again although still swollen and painful and today there is still some swelling but at least I can walk.
The whole foot was hot and bright red so assume it was an RA flare as I have been having so many of these recently but mainly affecting my hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders,
Still waiting to hear from the Biologic nurses about seeing if Rixumitab will be suitable. It is 2 1/2 weeks since I saw my consultant who wouldn't give me a steroid injection as he said he wanted me as bad as possible when I saw the nurses! How much longer can this go on?
I went to the optician today as having trouble with the sight in my right eye which is blurred. (I had cataract ops 3 years ago). The capsule round the replacement lens has clouded so I am being referred to the eye surgeon for laser treatment. The optician also found some cloudiness in the left eye but not enough to cause problems at present so I assume I don 't need to order the white stick and dog yet. (LOL). Apparently the clinic will phone me this week to give me an appointment for the laser treatment. It only takes a minute or two and my sight will be clear again. Whether they will then do the left eye I don't know - it may not be bad enough yet to do anything.
Berry dog has been ill again and another (expensive) visit to the vet on Monday last. He is now on antibiotics to help and has been put on a light diet and 3 smaller meals a day to help his tummy. I think he has a sensitive stomach anyway.
Hubby has a fungal infection on a toenail and is very tired at present. The company where he works is going down the pan apparently which has caused him a lot of worry. Thank goodness he resigned from being a director a couple of years ago so no financial burden will fall on him although he still has money in the company which means he will rank as an ordinary creditor so not much hope of getting it back unless they can sell the site to a developer which is on the cards.
Really fed up with the last few weeks - been so tired and in pain most of the time. Been living on Nurofen etc to control the pain and swelling. Even the MTX doesn't seem to make much difference at present. The toes on my right foot are getting quite mis-shapen and the ones on the left are going the same way. We are away for a few days later this week and if I haven't heard from the hospital when we get back, will have to ring them to find out when they intend doing my foot operation! At least my hands look fairly normal except when the joints flare up and they swell and are very red and hot.
Sorry to moan on to you all - I don't often and try to keep cheerful but this is really getting me down now - feel very tearful and out of sorts etc.
Love LavendarLady x