Plaquenil (or the generic, the anti-malarial meds) can cause stomach upset, but that should pass within a few days -- Are you taking it with FOOD? Because you are supposed to eat with it. Also best to avoid orange juice or other acidic drinks in that meal. I take mine with milk & cereal.
Plaquenil is to slow the progression
of Lupus, not to cure it or to treat the symptoms. Most doctors use prednisone (or other corticosteroid) to calm down the initial symptoms, then once the flare has settled, they either add other meds so they can reduce the amount of prednisone, or they switch to another med.
The joint/muscle pain and fatigue often gets a bit worse before it gets better. I think that is the normal progression of the disease - its like going up a hill then going down the other side - we end up at the doctor before we reach the top and the meds don't help us pass the top but once we do they can help us with the next hill.
However, if you feel you need a second opinion it never hurts to see one. I did and was afraid to go back to the first dr and admit it, but it wasn't the big issue I was afraid it would be.
Hope you feel better soon,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's ModeratorDIAGNOSING-LUPUS & LUPUS-RESOURCES
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