It takes plaquenil about 3 months to reach it's full effect. I also had swelling hands, neck, shoulder and hip pain. I've not had carpal tunnel though. Talk to your doctor and see if you can take another med to help with pain until the plaquenil kicks in. Good luck to you. They are thinking I might have UCTD as well but aren't totally sure of my diagnosis!
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well, Colon resection Nov. 2010, now in remission
inflammator arthritis, type 2 d, asthma, skin scleroderma, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, nexium, synthroid, plaquenil, cozar for high BP gave me bad joint pain,
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA. Positive ANA speckled pattern 1:180, high sed ra