Welcome to our family here at WHL. Most of us have discovered, or come to realize, that we suffered with symptoms of Lupus for many years prior to our diagnosis. I am beginning to believe that this is the norm rather than the exception (LOL).
You are very lucky to have found a good rheumatologist (although it took a while) whose concern is finding answers and providing treatment. There are so many of us who still are searching for a doctor who will take us seriously, not tell us that it is all in our heads, and who will treat our symptoms.
You are correct that Plaquenil is a cumulative drug and can take weeks to months before you see any significant benefits. However, for most, once it does start to work, it works quickly and is very effective.
Please peruse our site here, read the posts and the stickys and get to know some of us. I am sure that you will make friends and that you will find that this place is filled with very kind people who genuinely care!
We also have a very cool arcade and community forums that are fun
Peace and Blessings