Janxx Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:07 in Living with arthritis

I am new to this site and wanted to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with arthritis 4/5 months ago in my right ankle. 

I have liver disease and I’m unable to take any medications unless prescribed by my GP so I was prescribed with capsaicin cream as they consider that to be safe.

Because of my liver I also suffer with oedema which causes my ankles to swell up. 

I suffer with almost constant pain from it and wake up at night sometimes with stabbing pains in my ankle. I find it very awkward/painful to walk for long periods or sometimes at all which effects my job as I am constantly on my feet. The dr told me to try and keep active when possible and to elevate it when I can.

I just wondered if anyone could offer any support or suggest anything that may help the pain. I briefly had pain in my left ankle but that never came back again.


  • PeterJ
    PeterJ Administrator Posts: 883

    Hello @Janxx and welcome to the community.

    I understand that you have arthritis in your ankle and that you cannot take the usual medication because of liver problems and are looking for ways to help the pain.

    Our website has a lot of useful information and a good search function, please have a look around it. To help you I've put a couple of links in below.

    Have you tried a TENS machine? They can help with pain.

    Please do keep posting and let us know how you are getting on and I am sure that others will connect with you to share their experiences as well.

    With very best wishes,

    Peter (moderator)

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  • Janxx
    Janxx Member Posts: 2

    Hello and thank you for your reply. I will look through the links later.

    No I have not tried a Tens machine, I would never have thought of it, something I can look into though.

    Thank you, I will do and best wishes to you too