A 24-year-old female asked:
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i have still's d. i've been on kineret (anakinra) for 5days, but pain n swelling is not going away, am i causing damage to my joints by walking w.swollen knees?

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Dr. Jerome Mueller
51 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Limit weight bearing: You didn't indicate your age or how long you have had this problem. In early childhood it is important to rest the affected joints as well as splinting with intermittent range of motion to prevent contractions (stiffness) and preserve motion. Sequelae in the adult years are treated with anti-inflammatory medications. An adult needs to limit weight bearing until the joint swelling improves.
Answered on Jan 10, 2013
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Dr. Amrit Anand
Specializes in Rheumatology
Exercise in limits: Hello Ena1, It is imperative that you have the inflammation under control to prevent further damage to your joint. In fact ambulation/exercise in limits will be beneficial to your swollen joint in order to minimize loss of function and get essential nutrients to your joints. Short term use of steroids and switching to Actemra (tocilizumab) may be the answer if no improvement is noted in 2-3 weeks.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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