Thank you so much for the replies. I had a busy day today!!! I spoke to the triage nurse at the doctors who insisted I went in. Had an appt first thing and based upon my symptoms the gp wanted to rule out a dvt and booked me an urgent ultrasound and banned me from driving. Bang went my catch up and picnic with a friend and watching the kids and their friend at airhop. Luckily my friend took the kids for me while I went to the hospital, bless her. The ultrasound was clear as I expected, the gp wanted to double check. with that ruled out I need to see the gp again on Tuesday am and see whether the swelling has improved to discuss next steps.
The swelling and ache is a bit better this evening and hopefully that is a good sign but it does come and go.
i spoke to my cns this afternoon and she was patronising, there there i doubt it could be lymphodoema. Could you have injured yourself, have you been to exercise recently?
i have had a puffy left ankle several other times recently especially when I have sat for long periods at work so don't think this is isolated and it seems to be getting more frequent. It's not bad yet but I am trying to avoid it getting worse and manage it.
i plan to follow your tips and advice and look after myself better. If things don't improve I'll try a private massage and see if that helps. I haven't exercised much the last couple of months - I have been so tired over summer, the kids have been off and my chest has been tight due to hay fever. I wonder if that coupled with being cooped up in the house during the rainy weather, a mass ironing pile of school clothes and labels and standing up making lots of cakes with the kids haven't helped. I usually do more exercise and walking (school runs etc). I am hoping I can last at the festival this weekend and will make sure I don't stand still.
thanks again :) Sarah - hope you get seen soon and things improve for you.
Best wishes Kirsty x