Hi Jase. Welcome to our forum. I hope you're seeing an interal medicine doctor as your primary care, but I agree with Amy that you must see a rheumatologist. Ask your internist for a referral. If you need to, search on the net to find a rheumy. The lupus organizations can usually help you. Pile your kids in the car and have your wife drive you even if it's a long drive.
Virtually all lupus patients are on plaquenil. It takes a few months to work, but it has few side effects. There are several other prescriptions meds that lupies can take and it's trial and error to find the right combination of meds.
My favorite over the counter pain killer is Tylenol Arthritis. I'm having a flare and can hardly walk in the morning so I take the tylenol first thing in the morn. I also take hot baths with lots of epsom salt and use an electric blanket. Regardless, find a good rheumatologist and get on the prescription meds that work for you. One last thing, many of us take antidepressants. I know men think they're strong and don't need them, but you are not most men: you have lupus. Your primary care doc can prescribe them, but keep in mind that it takes time to find the right ones for you. Please let us know how you're doing OK? Love, Butterflake
Systemic Lupus ('05), depression, fibro, sjogrens, cns issues, diabetes, gerd, hypertension, colitis, stage 1 kidney disease Lots of meds. Donna