*sigh* water retention gone... probably due to a combination of things including stopping the continous pill for a week, eating loads of asparagus, drinking plenty of water, resting, drinking various herbal concoctions.
However.. the ankle pain and swelling has remained, and although is currently manageable (on the days I'm not on my feet much), I know what is going to happen next week. At the end of each day I'll crawl home in agony and crash in bed cos my feet are killing me. I did buy new sneakers today, which may help with the arch pain, but not with the swelling. The doc said there is most definitely inflammation around the ankles (and quite bad at that), and is most likely rheumatoid arthritis. I was not prepared for her saying that, as I was hoping it was just my body stubbornly not letting go of the fluid. I don't need yet another auto-immune disease to add to my already high pain levels! She doubts that it could be caused by the hives, but doesn't want to refer me off to a rheumy specialist till the allergist has had a look at me and taken loads of tests.
It's kind of interesting (in a morbid, depressing way), endometriosis, adenomyosis, costochondritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, hives and CFS are all disorders/diseases that focus on the body attacking itself. So it would make sense that RA would be the next thing to develop, as my body is currently a crazy war zone of all of the above. And I'm going out of my mind at the moment trying to deal with it. *sob*