Hey hicks - I didn't/don't do anything...except wait out the swelling.
When the swelling is REALLY bad, it'll take about 2 weeks until I can a) move my ankles and b) walk without crutches or without hopping. Then for another 2 weeks I'll have a limp or have some pain in my ankles when I walk but by that time my ankles can MOVE around enough to where I CAN walk and drive. But at their worst, there is NO movement in my ankles. Stiff as a board and hot to the touch.
Luckily I have a job where I can work from home if I need to. It's easier to rush to the bathroom on swollen ankles and crutches at home than it is at my office. So when my ankles are so swollen that I can't walk or drive, I work from home.
The Rheumatologist told me that she "believed" the kind of swelling I'm experiencing is NOT affecting my joints...that was one of my worries that if I allowed the swelling to continue WITHOUT taking a drug like Remicade/Humira that one day my ankle joints/bones would deteriorate and I wouldn't be able to walk again. But she was certain that my joints were fine (since the X-rays showed healthy ankles) and it was "simply" swelling of the tendons around the ankles which made it appear/feel like my joints were the parts that were swelling.
Currently, my left ankle is swollen but I THINK it is from standing for 4 hours applying makeup to a group of teenage girls at a youth retreat this past weekend. The swelling is not (yet) painful and I can still walk. In this situation, I do take 2 Asprin/day for 3 days which usually helps. Asprin has not (yet) bothered my stomach and I have the OK from my GI to take Asprin in small amounts when my ankles swell. It usually helps.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)