I need some guidance, I have tested positive on the ANA's for Lupus last year.
I had gone into a Rheum who tested me and put me immediately on Plaquenil.
My symptoms became worse, sores in mouth, rash on chest, stomach issues, hair falling out and for some reason severe ankle pain.
None of these symptoms were present prior.
I stopped taking it Oct. of 2010. And four months later ended up having a large mass on my carotid artery in my neck. When I went to see my Rheum I was told it was b/c the plaquenol was out of system and it caused it.
So I went back on it in Feb. 2011. On March 17th, I was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal cramping, which turned out to be sepsis, I was there for three days.
Now, from taking the drug since Feb. I have severe....severe...ankle pain, it is the top of my ankle, it throbs all day and all night, making it difficult to sleep and walk. Hot to the touch, swollen.
I went into my Rheum two days ago, and the solution was to progress my treatment with the usage of Methotrexate.
Which scares me. Is it possible that all of the bad things that have happened to me stemmed from the Plaquinol? Again, never had ankle pain before the usage of plaquinol and the doctor wants me to start the Metho treatment on Monday.
Has anyone else had anything like this? I can't be the only one. I addressed these concerns with my Rheum and her solution was to add on the Methro. Something tells me the solution is to just stop the plaquinol, however, it appears when it gets out of my system I am prone to the affects of swelling of my glands.
Any help, would just be great.