Hi, I have recently seen a Rheumatologist and he is still unsure if I have Lupus or RA(although I have never had the butterfly rash that comes with Lupus). My ANA test was positive, so he said that it is definate that I have one or the other - I think it is RA but he is hesitant to diagnose me. My symptoms include joint and body pain that goes from mild to severe. The worst part is I haven't slept through the night peacefully in over 2 years because the pain in my shoulders and hips wakes me up everytime I move. My knees, fingers, back, etc. take turns hurting as well. Sometimes the pain is so sharp it feels like a needle is being shoved into the joint, and other times I just hurt and can't even pinpoint where the hurt is coming from.
He has put me on Hydroxychloriquine and told me that it would take 3 months to work. I have been on it for two - and so far, nothing. I am very frustrated with this, but am going to wait it out to the end of the three months. What works best for pain? I would just like to sleep through the night and tylenol and advil just don't last long enough.