Persistent pain and swelling after prednisone treatment
In December 2018 I had a relapse of polymyalgia rheumatica followed by an 8 week protocol with prednisone. While taking the prednisone my left ankle swelled and my right knee became painful. X-rays of both show no abnormalities but the pain in both areas has persisted since the end of December. I have been off prednisone since the end of February. I am not taking any pain medication other than an 81 mg aspirin for other reasons. I have a compression ankle brace which moves the swelling up into my calf when wearing for the day and the swelling in my ankle subsides over night, but the pain in both areas remain. It makes walking difficult and particularly managing stairs. Any suggestions. I am hoping for a referral to an arthritis specialist but the wait is up to 6 months. Thanks for any suggestions you can make.