if a person has RA, vasculitis can arise. in fact it is very common for a person with RA over time to develop it. bascially is inflammation of the small blood vessels and veins and vasculature. affects the lower extremities the most. it manifests as red, hot, swollen legs and veins that are painful.
no matter what the problem is with your legs, you cannot go wrong with cold compresses and elevation. i have to do that a lot. i get vasculitis from RA and it's so painful that i can't even touch my legs.
can you apply for medicaid? i was dropped from my HMO last year from my oh so loving father (yeah right...spit on him!) so severeley ill and no longer able to work...was left with no insurance! wonderful huh?
medicaid is a blessing. i'de have to have filed bankruptcy by now if not for it. it doesn't cover my rheummy or GI, but the medicine and PCP it does...and the medication is $$$$$$$$$.
sounds to me like it's Crohns related arthritis. i think they'll perhaps refer you to a rheummy. i pray they get down to what's going on & a good plan of treatment.
many hospitals have charity care as well. bloodwork and diagnostic tests are fully covered if eligable, so that would be another thing to look into.
it's rough. and i don't know if i can say it gets easier. but i think as time goes by, i've really learned to cope better.
so sorry you're hurting. me too!
take good care
Active, Severe RA. Crohns Disease. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. AS. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg every 4 days; pred; Pentasa; Imuran; dilaudid; diazepam; Avinza 30mg; MiraLax & too many others.