Ankle Joint Swelling ,, Lymes or Gout?

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Mark FW
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   Posted 1/9/2018 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
So my symptoms to-date have a been mainly Nero & Muscle along with General Fatigue. Plus 10 hrs sleep needed, chills, etc.

I've had a history of gout with more recent flair-ups prior to Lyme diagnosis I finally agreed to taking Allopurinol.

However just prior to treating for Lyme's I had the mother of all attacks in my ankle and needed crouches for 3 days. Never had it in this spot before. I'm getting flair ups on the same ankle. Prior they were no where near this bad and only 1 or 2 a times a year.

I know I've been Herxing too much and backed off some of the herbs.

Could this be Lyme? if so any recommendations on flair-ups?


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   Posted 1/9/2018 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had gout, but, boy, did I have the Lyme related ankle swelling and pain. My right ankle swelling/pain lasted about 6 months and then abruptly improved. It was immediately followed by swelling/pain in the left ankle which also lasted 6+ months. Walking was next to impossible for that year.

Last winter I had a nuclear bone scan on the right foot and ankle (my foot was also involved with pain/swelling). The scan showed a raging arthritis in the ankle and that became my diagnosis. Funny, I thought, that arthritis in an ankle could cause so many other body wide symptoms. I've since learned that a radiologist should suspect Lyme when only one joint is so severely affected.

I don't have any special recommendations for flare ups, but the prescription Celebrex helped immensely.

Ice did not help me. What felt best, but I don't think helped much, were the Epsom salt baths. Keeping it elevated as much as possible also helped a bit with the pain.

I have not been on herbs, only antibiotics, so can't help you there.

Sorry you are so uncomfortable.
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   Posted 1/9/2018 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Before being diagnosed I noticed swelling I my ankles, not severe but not normal. Better with treatment for the three B's.

Chills can be Babesia

Bartonella can cause pain in ankles, soles of feet, achiles

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   Posted 1/10/2018 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have bart and my ankles, feet, achilles will all ache from time to time, and I've noticed swelling in my feet and ankles. When I'm having good days, there's no swelling. When the pain is there, there's swelling.

I try to pay even closer attention to my diet on bad days - drink lots of water and am more diligent about avoiding grains, cow dairy which cause me inflammation.
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Mark FW
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   Posted 1/10/2018 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all.

Considering the location and how quickly this came on and went away I'm chalking it up to a new Lyme symptom.

I think its just Lyme attacking a previously injured spot on the body.

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   Posted 1/10/2018 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyme sure went for any previous injury I ever had.
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