Re: Undetermend inflammatory arthritis
Were you tested for other inflammatory arthritis conditions, like lupus, gout, psoriatic, etc? A couple of more unusual things that can cause ankle arthritis is sarcoidosis. Do you have joint erosions or arthritis anywhere else? I also wonder if you had a bad ankle injury at some time in past, if this is the only joint bothering you. Anyway, after 12 years of problems, and minimal to no help, I would seek advice from a different rheumatologist. The fact that Prednisone helped would tip the scale in favor of an inflammatory arthritis, not osteoarthritis. It seems you are being treated with heavy=duty medications and don't really have a diagnosis. That is essential to get to guide treatment decisions.
Last edited by ladybud; 08-01-2012 at 12:25 PM.
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