I want to welcome you to the forum . . . but I won't be much help. Bill has given you some good advice (personal experience).
There are some links at the end of my signature that may be helpful to you though.
Rheumies sometimes treat the symptoms and aren't really quick to give a dx. That is actually a really good thing. Some of them actively protect your medical records so you don't run into insurance problems should you need to switch insurance after a gap in insurance.
The plaquenel really is first guns but it does take several months to fully build in your system, so you may not appreciate the benefit for a long time. There are some really good tips for new members in "Lupus Resources" . . . link in my signature. If you scroll down or up to that post.
I'm glad you like your rheumy . . . make sure to list ALL your symptoms at each visit. Type them out and turn them in. Don't assume that he remembers from last visit . . . he may assume that symptom is gone if you don't repeat it each time.
Welcome to the forum!!
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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