I was first put on Naproxen and then eventually Plaquenil and Naproxen. It did help some but decided not to work after a while. Doc then put me on Lodine XL to go along with the Plaquenil which I'm still on today. That worked for a while but still had quite a bit break through pain so I'm now on that plus Methotrexate. I'm doing well now but I'm really glad that the doc took me in steps. It would be very irresponsible for docs to pull out the big guns in the beginning if you are not having life threatening issues. I know its frustrating, there are lots of NSAIDs... I mean LOTS. Some work for certain individuals while others not so much. Some docs might even try different kinds to find one you respond to.
These AI diseases are so tricky and they are very hard to diagnose. Even if you do have antibodies... a lot of the diseases share certain antibodies so they are not always very specific except for a couple of them. It sounds like your doc is trying to get you on a treatment plan and yes it does take some time to see if the meds are working. Like the saying goes, 'hurry up and wait' Docs need to weigh out the benefit and risks of the long term effects of the medications.
Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007, Localized Scleroderma 2009, Raynauds 2009
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg/day, Pred 2.5 mg/day (tapering), Methotrexate 10mg/week, Hydrocodone PRN, Flexeril PRN, Fiorinal PRN, Baby aspirin, Prenatal Multi, Vit E, B12, Fish Oil, Biotin, Calcium, Folic Acid