I am going to get tested for dermatomyositis this week. However, in the meantime, my ankle and lower leg is swollen and very painful. I read that edema is not painful. So this must be something else. I did not injure my ankle or leg in any way. The swelling on my leg above the ankle feels nice and warm, but below that on the other side is extremely cold. The bone on my ankle is a bit large and pointy, a bit red and it hurts. I cannot wear winter boots. At times this area is warm and throbbing. I can feel my heart pounding all the way down in the bottom of my foot in the heel area.
I am scared that I have a blood clot in my leg or a pulmonary embolism, as there seems to be a correlation with dermatomyositis… And I have many symptoms of dermatomyositis.
Can anyone help me? I am going to see a rheumatologist on Tuesday. But this could be life-threatening… Should I be treating this as an emergency?