Hi everyone, I have fibro and RS and Sjoegren's. I have been on Plaquenil for a little over 2 months now. I can say that I am not having pain like I used to, and I am so grateful for that! The problem now is the undending fatigue! I don't know if this is just the RA in full swing, or if it is a side effect of the Plaquenil. I have been running a low-grade fever (around 99.8) for about a week and a half now. It comes & goes and I can tell when it is up because I feel hot. My normal body temperature is low, around 97.5, so I don't know if 99.8 would be considered a fever.
I have found that I really have to take care every day to decide what I am going to expend my energy on. I can do 10-15 mintues of cleaning, then I have to sit down & rest. If I go out somewhere to run an errand, I know that I will need a nap later. I go to bed earlier & earlier, I used to watch shows that came on at 9 pm, but I always conk out about about 9:40. The fatigue is undending and I just don't have energy to do anything. Is this just a part of RA or could it be the Plaquenil? I know it takes a while to build up in your system. How do you deal with the fatigue? It's really frustrating!
Diagnoses: Depression/Anxiety, PTSD, Hypothyroidsim, High Blood Pressure, Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Sjogren's
Meds: Celexa (once a day), Buspar (2x a day), Levoxyl (once a day), Metoprolol (once a day), Lyrica (3x a day), Plaquenil (2 times day), Clonazepam to help me sleep for the moment until I find something else.
Allergic to: Sulfa, Ceftin, Augmentin, and Synthroid (probably the filler).