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Suggest treatment for swollen ankles

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Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016
Question: i can hardly walk ..left ...ankle is swollen and red..its hard to get up from sitting or on the toilet because of the pain in my right shoulder..its very painful..i only sleep a very few hours and i feel like crap
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Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar (54 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
IBUPROFEN 600mg one dose

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Your ankle was swollen and red, were you hurt? Did you fall?
If you are not able to walk and unable to get up from sitting it seems there is a large inflammation at the joints. You should take a double dose of Ibuprofen unless you have gastritis or kidney problems. I suggest you to take MOTRIN/ADVIL 600mg one dose, continue up to 400mg thrice a day.
You get the ankle xray as well.
Take hot water bag and put it on the swollen areas on joint. you can put them on shoulder as well.
Rest on the bed and do not get out of the bed unless it is urgent and necessary. REST can cure the problem in few hours.
If you have sleep medication with you, you can take them.
Let me know if you need any more queries.
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Brief Answer: IBUPROFEN 600mg one dose Detailed Answer: Hi, Your ankle was swollen and red, were you hurt? Did you fall? If you are not able to walk and unable to get up from sitting it seems there is a large inflammation at the joints. You should take a double dose of Ibuprofen unless you have gastritis or kidney problems. I suggest you to take MOTRIN/ADVIL 600mg one dose, continue up to 400mg thrice a day. You get the ankle xray as well. Take hot water bag and put it on the swollen areas on joint. you can put them on shoulder as well. Rest on the bed and do not get out of the bed unless it is urgent and necessary. REST can cure the problem in few hours. If you have sleep medication with you, you can take them. Let me know if you need any more queries.