The trip to Universal was strictly to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As biblio-dorks, we love the books, and the movies were top notch. We were SO very excited and really enjoyed ourselves. The best part was, having no children with us, we were able to wander around and spend as much or as little time at the attractions as we wished. We ended up walking all of Islands of Adventure two and a half times over a span of 7 hours. Nothing too arduous and truly enjoyable.
The work part of the week was a *bit* more strenuous but nothing horrid. Which is why it was a very big surprise when, Tuesday night my feet and ankles started to swell. Nothing was hurting but they ballooned to the point that shoes had to come off and stay off early. I woke up Wednesday morning and all was well but by Wednesday night- they were back to huge and though they weren't achy- they were swollen to the point that I could feel the....stretching of the skin? It was wildly uncomfortable. I talked to my bosses and received a "dispensation" to wear flip flops on Thursday to the trade show which was good because the swelling was not gone by morning and shoes were NOT fitting on my feet. Friday- same thing. I ended up traveling home in them- which was fine because I prefer to travel that way anyway. Saturday and Sunday- I only bothered to put anything on to run to the store and by Sunday evening the swelling was gone enough to put on shoes for work on Monday.
Now, I know that inflammation and swelling is just a part of living with RA- but this was new to me. Generally speaking, when I am swollen it's because my joints are inflamed and hurt like mad. This time, the only discomfort was from the severe amount of swelling involved. Where the foot and the ankle meet looked like two little fat rolls and the pressure was just...weird. It wasn't that it was painful like the joint pain. It was just so uncomfortable that I kept looking down to see what in the world was going on down there in my body.
So my question to my RA friends out there is: Have you ever experienced this? I am assuming it was because of the travel and the walking but since I walk regularly I am not positive. I took photos for my next visit with my Rheumy but it just puzzles me so I wanted to reach out to you. Any thoughts? Suggestions?