Just Diagnosed -Wondering When Plaquenil will Help
Hi everyone. So grateful to have found this site. I read the posts for a few days before registering. Lots of information.
I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago and, like many other posts I saw, had to find a doctor willing to look at all my symptoms, not just my negative ANA. I have joint pain, unbelievable fatigue, malar rash, anemia despite supplements, Raynaud's, pancreatitis, thyroid wonkiness and ulcers in my mouth and nose. I took a lot of comfort from the many posts where others said "I'm not crazy." The 2nd rheumatologist I saw confirmed the diagnosis and here I am.
My general MD put me on 2 short, low dose courses of prednisone while we waited for confirmation of the Lupus. The first one worked beautifully. The second, less helpful. The rheumatologist started me on Plaquenil 3 weeks ago and so far, no relief. I was told not to expect any for several months.
Can anyone comment on how long it took for the Plaquenil to kick in and how effective it was for the fatigue and joint pain?
Thanks for this site.