Thanks Lil - knowing that someone else is going through something similar gives me hope that my rheumatologist won't look at me like I have 2 heads when I go in complaining of pain after starting plaquenil :-). My pain lasts a couple of hours in the morning, but the past few days I was on a business trip and eating out all the time....as a result my salt intake was higher than normal and I noticed the pain returning in the evening, so there definitely could be something with excess fluid around the joints. I don't have a definitive time line for getting off the plaquenil. If the hives stay under control, depending on what order the hive meds are removed, it could be anywhere from 6-12 months. If the rheumatologist agrees that the plaquenil is aggravating my arthritis, I'll talk to my allergist about getting off it asap (he has one more med up his sleeve, so no point staying on something that's aggravating arthritis).
I hope your pain stays minimal and that you have a great holiday!
34 - Diagnosed with Crohn's in Nov. '05
Current Meds: Apriso, Canasa, Methotrexate, Pamine Forte, Aciphex, Domperidone, Folic Acid, Restasis, Plaquenil, Doxepin, Xyzal, Zyrtec, Zantac, VSL#3, Calcium, Vitamin D, Centrum, Digestive Enzymes, Thera-tears Omega 3 Supplement, Co-Enzyme Q10
Gluten free since Aug. '03