Ok, so I have been on plaquenil for 10 months now. I am feeling better but sometimes out of the blue, I have a bad flare. I am considering asking the doc for prednisone but when I have needed it before, it took from 20-30 mg to be effective for me. I get horrible insomnia on prednisone, have type 2 diabetes and I don't want to get on the roller coaster, if you know what I mean, with prednisone. Is there anything else I can do for the flares? I've heard some bad stuff about methotrexate too. Don't know what to do but I am so sick of being sick. I had surgery for colitis a year ago and thought after that, I'd be home free but apparently now I have AI issues that are unspecified with a positive ANA, sed rate and weakly positive RF, all others negative. I've been sick a lot recently too with colds and UTI's. Does this sound familiar? Should I go to my PCP or back to the rheumy? I saw him last week and was feeling so good, he sent me home with no blood work and a 6 month follow up. Friday, I started feeling like crap again with fatigue and joint pain. Any recoomendations? Thanks!
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, lactose intolerant, benicar
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA. Positive ANA speckled pattern 1:180, high sed r