Swelling in your ankles, feet, lower legs is often caused by proteinuria. Proteins are filtered out of your blood by your kidneys and cause the swelling. Assuming you do not have significant damage to your kidneys it is treatable with an ace inhibitor like lisinopril.
I had it and had terrible swelling and pain. Acutally gained 15 lbs in a few days twice. After treatment I have not had a problem.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
Meds: prednisone (7mg & tapering), 100mg imuran, lisinopril 40mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, norvasc 5 mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
Maintain your optimism and you can beat the odds.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller