My Ankle Is Killing Me All The Time. My Doc Says It's Damaged And There's Nothing I Can Do. Now What?

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Asked by alicmill

My Ankle Is Killing Me All The Time. My Doc Says It's Damaged And There's Nothing I Can Do. Now What?

I'm new to RA. It's been about 6 months since I was diagnosed, and so far I've been doing pretty well managing it. However, my left ankle has been killing me consistently for about 2 months now. I asked my doctor, he said it hurts because it's damaged, there's nothing I can really do. So now what? Should I be going to physical therapy? Wearing an ankle brace? Elevating it when I sit? Staying off it to let it heal or staying active to make it stronger? What can I do to avoid further damaging it and getting this pain to die down?

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Good grief! I have never had a doctor tell me that there was NOTHING I could do. Sorry, but that just hits me wrong. Of course, I am not a doctor or a health care professional. That being said, I think you either need to have a serious talk with your doctor or get a second opinion. I see an orthopedic surgeon when I need to for hip or shoulder injections. He will be replacing my knees one day, I guess. I see a podiatrist when the tendons in my feet get out of whack. My point is, there are specialists out there who can help with damaged joints.

When joints are weak, PT can help build up the muscles around the joints to stabalize them. That is what my ortho says, anyway. Is the doctor you are seeing a GP or a Rheumatologist? Did your doctor give you anything for your ankle pain?

I do believe I would be seeking a second opinion if I were you. I certainly hope you get the help you need and deserve.

Please let us know how you are doing.

Peace to you,

V