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Why do I have pain in my ankles?

Q: I am 20 years old suffering from pain in the ankle with swelling. I met a doctor and he told me to get some blood tests done. My ESR is 110 mm (1st h), CRP and ASO are positive. The doctor gave me some antibiotics and told me to take bed rest. Three months have passed but the tests are still positive and I am still suffering. What should I do now?

A:From your report your ESR is very high and you have pain in the both ankles. It is unusual to have infective arthritis of both ankles. So, I do not think it is wise to continue antibiotics without getting yourself examined and your case reviewed. In all probability it is not infection but some variety of arthritis. These days good medicines are available which modify the course of arthritis so, you need to consult a good Rheumatologist. Rheumatologists are physicians who are specialists in diseases of joints. Please consult one before any further treatment.

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