I used to play football 3 times a week and for the last 6 or 8 months I have felt a pain in both my ankles which never shifted. About 3 month ago, I twisted my left ankle so badly while playing that I needed a stick for walking for 2 weeks and after some excruciating pain suddenly my left ankle felt much better. By then I knew there was a swelling and fluid around the ankle. An MRI scan showed that one tendon was completely torn and in the words of my GP, 'a mess!'. Now a swelling started to appear on my right ankle - no cause or trigger! One GP said it could be PsA and a more experienced one said there is no sign that i have arthritis. After seeing 2 rheum consultants who both thought it PsA, am waiting for ultra sound scans to confirm. The other problem that is happening in parallel is a supposedly 'frozen' shoulder for which i had an arthroscopy decompression about 2.5 months ago. The pain runs through the full length of my arm at any time and there are days when it's constant. Little evidence of psoriasis - some dandruffy scalp and ears and a red area on my jaw. The consultant promised me that it will go into remission and there will be no joint damage. I'm trying to hang by these words but according to some of the stories that I read it might be just positive encouraging words in the face of a dreadful disease. I hope he's right. On the other hand, a friend of mine has rheum arthritis for the last 2 or 3 years and she's gone through a knee replacement and a lot of pain. Yesterday, I watched while she was helping in building a new fence! There is life with arthritis.
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