Thanks, Pat. I do have a rheumatologist, and the last time I saw her I asked if there was something topical I could take for the pain. She rx'd lidocaine patches. I haven't filled that prescription. She said it was very expensive and some insurances don't cover it.
My rheumy knows I am very sensitive to drugs most other people can take with no problem. I think she is avoiding Pred because I have osteoporosis and very low Vit D - which I am trying to get up to a higher level so I can be started on Fosamax. The appt. with my GP was a follow/up and just happened to coincide with a flare that has involved considerable pain.
I go back to the rheumy (actually, her P.A.) in a couple weeks. I will ask more specific questions and try to be more specific about my symptoms. My GP tends to think the fibro is acting up. I just don't know what to think.
Thanks Lynnette and Smarty - I do think I need to get on that fish oil. Will see what they say in 2 weeks about adding something else. I didn't try the Tramadol - pain eased up enough to put it back on hold. I am a wimp about taking meds - but Plaquenil is really the only thing I've been able to tolerate. However, it does seem I'm going to have to have something for pain beyond Advil - so I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and see what works.
Ginny, I guess I'm confused by the body/bone scan. How does that rule out a connective tissue inflammation? I'm thinking that is different than joint inflammation, but also occurs in the lupus/sclerderma/polymyositis disorders? I hope the Plaquenil works well for you!