Welcome back :lol: I'm glad that you are here and you will certainly receive as much support as you need from our members.
Plaquenil does take some time before you really feel its benefits. I'm glad to hear that you doctor gave you something to help your symptoms in the meantime.
Undifferentiated Connective Disease is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease, involving a disorder of the body's connective tissues that may have multiple conditions, related or not, but, at its base lies a connective tissue disease that has not developed to the point of being easily identified and/or diagnosed. Sometimes, UCTD can develop into a specific disease (such as Lupus) and sometimes it may develop into Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD). With Mixed CTD, there is evidence of several different connective tissue diseases (such as Lupus, Scleroderma, Polymyositis, Vasculitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, and Fibromyalgia, as well as other autoimmune diseases), all existing at the same time within the same body.
One of the reasons Undifferentiated CTD is so difficult to pinpoint is that many of the Rheumatic diseases share similar characteristics, both in their symptoms and in their lab test results. This is why physicians are hesitant to put a definite tag on something which could turn around and evolve into something completely different.
There are treatments available for UCTD, relying on many of the same treatments for other connective tissue diseases and autoimmune conditions. There may be a need for several types of medications needed to address the different symptoms and problems related to this disease. As is the case with Lupus, with a good doctor, the proper diagnosis and care, Undifferentiated (or Mixed) Connective Tissue Disease can be dealt with and managed.
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