Hi all, I saw my Rheumy yesterday. I told her that when I was taking Prednisone a couple weeks ago it was like a miracle. She said we should start Plaquenil and if it doesn't work we can try something else like Enbrel. But that it takes months for Plaquenil to work, so I'm not going to feel relief any time soon. She said I also probably have secondary Sjogren's too- my eyes have been dry for months and now I've been waking up with them all crusty in the mornings. I had a Schirmer tear test done last year (I think) and the number was low (which indicates dry eyes).
This is on top of having fibromayalgia, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, depression/anxiety, and PTSD, all of which I already take meds for! I feel like a walking pharmacy!
My doc told me that some people break out in an itchy rash on Plaquenil and some people have really bad gas. I don't feel anything yet, but I'm expecting that it will have to be in my system for a couple days before it starts affecting me adversely- if it
s going to. Who knows!
We have been kindof *****footing around with the diagnosis of RA for a couple years now, so I feel relief that she's finally made up her mind about it. Yesterday before my appointment I was really nervous for some reason. But now I feel relieved and sad. And angry. And scared. I guess it's normal to feel all this stuff! I'm just glad I found some places to talk about it! Thanks for being there!