I'm going to split some hairs here. You may not be having a general flare that affects all your joints, but if you are having persistent pain and swelling in a joint, then there is active disease in that joint. Some people would call it a flare, others might call it breakthrough symptoms. Whatever terminology you use, one thing is certain: it needs to be dealt with to get you better quality of life and prevent damage. I would recommend that you call your rheumatologist to talk to them about it. They may give you a prescription for a booster pack of prednisone or suggest you come in for a cortisone shot. Another possibility is taking a look at other indices of disease activity to check whether your meds need some tinkering and that might need a physical exam.
good luck! Please keep us posted on what happens?
Ditto what Lene said. I also have a lot of trouble with my ankles, Leslie. My RD is an hour away from my home and busy, so I have a local ortho I see in between visits to my RD. He and his NP are wonderful to me. They have just ordered PT for me for my ankles, feet and knees which are swollen way too much at the moment. The therapy will be in a heated pool. Maybe some therapy would be good for your ankle. I don't know, but I do know you should see an ortho or call our RD. I find my ortho more helpful than my RD for this type of thing. My RD is all about meds and controlling swelling, etc, but she lets my ortho handle the immediate joint and soft tissue swelling issues. Let us know what you find out and how your are doing, okay?
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