Redlily, lupus symptoms can hit you at any time - new one's, old one's, a new version of an old one!! I was always saying, 'well, at least I don't have joint problems', but now I do....also in my hands. It's particularly my left hand. Stiff, aches, sometimes very hard to grip things. And, sometimes it swells in spots, and even looks bruised - just spontanteously - not from hitting it or anything. Strange. I've also got a rash that has gone from just one finger to the backs of both hands and my forearms (little, bitty blister-like bumps that sometimes itch; sometimes don't.) Sigh.....so there you have it. You could get a new, surprise symptom any ol' time. Plaquenil, most likely WILL help...just hang in there.
My doctor has had an intern with her the last three times I've seen her. No 'parade' though (just one at a time) and she always asks me first - very respectful, I think. But, if you DON'T want to be a 'specimen' for the docs, you have every right to say NO.
Keep us posted on what your doc finds out.
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