Sweet Basil. Sorry about the diagnosis...... I don't mean to get your hopes up but when I went on plaquenil, I was able to stop my asthma meds (Adair). I guess it helped that inflammation. My RA isn't horrible, so they have not put me on methotrexate yet. Maybe the methotrexate was reducing your immune system and causing the respiratory infections.
I hope your RA gets better soon. It takes the plaquenil up to a month to work.
Best of luck to you!.
Sjogrens syndrome 2/15 via lip biopsy: Seronegative RA , fibromyalgia
colitis-resection 11/10, hashimoto's thyroiditis, morphea, GERD
Meds: plaquenil, synthroid, Januvia, nexium, restasis, estrogen patch, prometrium, VSL #3, evening primrose oil, Omega 3 supplement-Maxi Tears.