I have had the connective tissue disease diagnosis. Mine was precipitated by the biologic meds I took for my Crohn's. Then I was diagnosed with Lupus. After a year on Plaquenil and off the biologics, my symptoms departed and my blood work returned to normal. The people in the Lupus forum are very helpful and there are others there with mixed connective disease issues. You might want to try posting there too.
I will tell you my three major symptoms were a low grade fever daily for almost six months, joint pain and swelling in joints not normally bothered by my AS, and FATIGUE. Everything I did was like trying to walk through chest high snow. I literally would be exhausted walking the 50' across my house. I hope the Plaquenil kicks in soon and does the trick for you.
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CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, lupus, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, peripheral artery disease, degenerative disc disease, asthma, severe allergy and a host of other medical problems.