I am sorry that you are having such a bad time with your hands right now. I am wondering if you have been perscribed an NSAID other then Ibuprofen for the inflamation in your joints. I am also wondering why they did not put you on a taper dose of Prednisone to work until the Plaquenil kicks in. Plaquenil can take up to 5 months before you get the full benefit of it. Have you tried putting warm compresses on your hands? I hope that you can get some relief from this and soon. I know I would be calling the doctor and seeing what they can do for it. Nobody should have to live in constant pain.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.