I started Plaquenil 7 days ago. On day three I awoke with severe left sided back and buttock pain. I could not bear weight on my leg. This pain has persisted all week. I read in the patient information sheet that one should notify their doctor immediately if they developed arm, leg or back pain. I dutifully called my rheumy's office only to find out he was out of town until Monday. I saw a vascular surgeon today and per his recommendation tried to get medical assistance at the clinic my PCP works at. No way could I get in there. Then I hobbled over to the ER [my only other option at this major military medical facility]. There were at least 75 other patients ahead of me and I simply could not wait since I cannot sit nor stand.
My question - does anyone recall anyone else complaining here about Plaquenil causing extreme back or leg pain? I have already decided to stop taking it until I can speak with my rheumy. I have another medical condition that could cause this severe back pain. I'm thinking this is likely a coincidence that I developed this problem right after starting the Plaquenil.
Also, does anyone know what typr of muscle damage Plaquenil can cause?
Thanks for your opinions.....