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Hi everyone, I'm diane, I got diagnosed with lupus over 10 years ago, gladly it's under control now and I'm on no medication for it, but over the past 5 years I've been living with OA, this was caused through the lupus, I've been referred to rheumotology 5 times now then keep getting discharged as they say they can't help me I have to go back to my gp. they won't put me on any medication to help with my pain and the swelling gets really bad where I can't even put any weight on it , I've asked why and they told me its because it's OA and not RA, I think this is terrible and they won't help me because of this, I've joined this group to try and support others with this terrible condition , and also try and get some helpful information back, as the swelling in my ankle gets really bad , it's affecting my everyday life so bad now, the simply everyday tasks I find hard, such as housework , gardening, dog walking ect, I've tried everything to get the swelling to go down and stay down, I've tried strapping it up, hot and cold compressor, gels, resting it , keeping it elevated , and nothing seems to help, it's gets me down so much sometimes , I am only 46 and I'm going to be a first time nana in Oct, I want to be able to play with my granddaughter, when she starts toddeling , so any help or tips on how to manage the swelling will be most appreciated. thank you