Welcome to the forum. I have had Lupus for most of my life and I still have problems with joint pain and weakness in my legs. I see from your post that you have been on the Plaquenil for only about 3 months. It takes about 5 months for you to get the full benefit of the Plaquenil. You should start feeling better in a couple of months. I try to use the sunblock that is 50 SPF or higher. You have to try if at all possible to stay out of the sun. Lupus is a cyclic disease with remissions and relapses and they do not have a cure for it yet. Hopefully someday they will find a cure and then none of us will have to be sick from it. I think it is common to suffer from depression from this rotten disease. I know I sure do at times, but I try to get out of it as fast as possible. There are a lot of good folks that come in here and they have a vast amount of knowlege. I hope that you keep posting. God Bless.
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.