Lupus is the great mimic. You never know what it's going to pretend to be next.
My flares have looked like a sinus infection, bad back, tendonitis, bladder infections, gastroenteritous, and the flu (not all at the same time, TG).
Plaquenil is a DMARD. (Disease Modifying Anti-rhuemertic Drug)
It is usually used as an anti-malaria treatment, but they have found out if used a longer time at a stronger dose it can help a person with Lupus or RA.
It relieves painful joints, swelling, fatigue, and helps with the fog some.
I remember the painful hands and avoiding shaking hands during my diagnosis stage. I couldn't even hold a glass at times. I felt like a zombie who couldn't stand anything to touch me. Even the weight of the bed sheet hurt my toes.