Hi, Curley. I have pre-Lupus and osteoarthritis and have been on Plaquenil for about 6 months now. It worked miracles on my joint pain within weeks and I was lucky enough not to have an side effects. Wish it worked on the osteoarthritis (although I know I know that it's not for that), as the back pain is almost as bad as the joint pain used to be. But I have my hands back, both 90% pain-free and with most of my strength, although I can't write for long periods of time anymore. Thank God for typing! I do have the eye exams as well although I'm only on 400mg a day and my dr said the same thing about the low dosages for this never affect the retinas, really. Good luck - I really hope it works for you!
Dx: UCTD (undifferentiated connective tissue disease) Summer 2005,
Splondylosis (Osteoarthritis of the spine) Winter 2006
Plaquenil 400mg, Lexipro 10mg, Motrin, multivitamins, Valtrex as needed
Muscle weakness, joint and back pain, extreme fatigue, brain fog
Mono at 14, herpes simplex, cold sores, HPV