Lorinne said, "What has changed in the past month...if this is new, I would be personally wondering what had changed and caused the swelling.
Is there any chance the water is the issue (salt from a well/softner?).
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Sausage: was this an unusual staple? Could it have had a high sodium content; at least more so than was normal in your diet?
Well water: my mention of that was that some areas have hard water; salt is often used as a softener.
My thoughts were, had your sodium intake possibly increased/changed due to diet or circumstances. It seems everywhere has been over warm and dry this year; increased sodium, warmer temps, different or higher levels of physical activity may be an explanation for your symptoms.