To everyone else, now, before starting treatment I used to suffer for a while with very swollen ankles and knees as well, sometimes. Not much pain, though, more of a burning sensation as pinda says. I was always very pliable and as kitkat says, loose jointed, but this went. I put it all down to something else, nothing to do with MS, which is why I never mentioned it before. I think I must have been wrong, though, because all the swelling and burning has now gone and I am getting back to be as flexible as before. Strange.
Any time you have swelling that can't be explained see your doctor this is not normal. Swelling in the ankles can be serious don't think because you have MS it is related.Now it could be but always check with your doctor
Swollen ankles are a common symptom for those who have had to limit their activity. In most instances, the swelling is actually lymphatic fluid which builds up around the ankle when inactivity prevents the fluid from circulating within the body.
Lymphatic fluid normally flows along lymphatic channels, delivering nutrients and other important substances to the body's organs. Swollen ankles may worsen during the summer as heat causes these channels to dilate (expand).
Diuretics, also known as "water pills," do not affect this type of fluid buildup. The standard treatment is to elevate the ankles above the hip level while sitting during the day and keeping them above the heart level throughout the night. This will pull the fluid back toward the body. Additionally, support stockings may help to prevent further fluid accumulation.
Anyone who experiences swollen ankles should always contact a physician to confirm the exact diagnosis. Other conditions, such as heart trouble, thrombophlebitis (blood vessel inflammation), or nutritional deficits, should first be ruled out before blaming inactivity.
John was diagnosed Jan 2005. On lipitor 20mg .On Copaxone since July 4,2005. Vitamin D3 2000iu-4000iu (depending on sunshine months)June 10 2005(RX::Dr. O'Connor) Omega 3 as well Turmeric since April 2005. Q10 60mg. 1500mg liquid Glucosamine Nov 2005.