As many of you know I suddenly got joint pain and swelling about 9 months ago and have recently been diagnosed with mild spondyloarthritis. I am currently doing really well on prednisolene (as a short term measure) and have just started taking sulfasalazine as a long term solution (hopefully).
But although I am doing well re pain, fatigue and stiffness the swelling hasn't reduced at all. Why is this? I have quite firm swelling above my ankles and wrists and then more spongy swelling on my feet, ankle bones and fingers and knees. I've done everything I can to reduce it as follows:
Range of movement exercises
But it never reduces at all.
I really don't understand it, I genuinely thought it would disappear with the steroids! Please don't get me wrong I am so so grateful to be doing so much better but I just wondered if anybody could shed some light on why the swelling seems here to stay? I saw a Physio and she said that sometimes inflammatory arthritis can cause permanent changes in the membranes so it may be that those areas will always be swollen. Would you agree? Or do you think it will go when the sulfasalazine kicks in?
Thanks in advance