Connective tissue diseases include Lupus, Sjogrens, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and several more. Sometimes the doctors can't pinpoint which disease is causing the problems, so they call it "Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease" Many of us here fall into that category.
Are you taking your Day-pro as directed?? The only reason I ask . . . is because I used to take anti-inflammatories only when I had pain that was really bad. I didn't realize that I needed to take it as directed (some are once a day and some are 2 or 3 times a day) . . . to keep the inflammation to a minimum. When I started taking the anti-inflams regularly, things got quite a bit better. But there are still times when the prescribed meds don't work and you need to call your rheumatologist and let him/her know that you are having problems that aren't relieved by the meds he/she prescribed. (But the Tramadol is likely an "as needed" med for bad pain.) These are good questions to ask your doctor because it isn't always clear.
The plaquenil can take 6 months to fully build in your system. But many get some relief even after a few weeks. Just in case you didn't know that it can take a while to get full benefits from it.
If you have any other questions . . . feel free to ask.
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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