Yes, the swelling has hit me that bad. I have found it generally to be food-related. I am already on a gluten-free, wheat-free diet (no noodles, no cakes, cookies, bread, pancakes, anything with crust or breading, etc.), and if I keep to a minimum of meat in my diet with the emphasis on vegetables, salads, and fruit, my swelling is minimal. I do not drink soda either…only some pure juices, water, coffee and tea. Certain cooking oils, processed or highly seasoned meats, and a lot of cheese seem to trigger my swelling–it occurs almost instantly. I can feel my ankles tighten as I am eating…seriously. If I stick to salads, some soups, tuna salad, baked unbreaded fish, I do fine. I have never used salt as an additive in my diet (my whole life!) for some unknown reason too.
I will also mention that I blew up horribly after an allergic reaction to Naproxen as well. It was horrible and painful.
I do take a diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide (25mg), each day now, just in case. It is a very low dosage.
Hope you feel better soon!
Susan L. Grimshaw