Taking Vicodin as prescribed will not make you an addict. Now taking it to feel a "high" *will* be a problem! However, I understand that you want to treat the cause of the pain rather than the pain itself. Using it as directed for the short term is okay - and catching the pain before it gets really bad helps healing and keeps it from getting worse.
How long will you be on Prednisone and what dosage? It is used to treat the inflammation caused by your disease - and it's this inflammation that is causing the pain. You should be on Prednisone or something that is actively treating your symptoms. Plaquenil is mainly to slow down the progression of the illness -- helps some but isn't primarily to treat symptoms.
After initial plaquenil and prednsione, if your symptoms persist, your Dr should try either Cellcept, Imuran or MTX - one of them may help you. (It's trial and error - not all of these help everyone, but any one of them might. In my case the Imuran did nothing, but the Cellcept was a lifesaver! For others Cellcept does nothing, but Imuran is the miracle. It varies!)
If your fatgiue is strong enough that you need to sleep all day, you might not be getting "deep restorative sleep" when you are sleeping. Many of us take something to help us sleep - then we have better quality of sleep and don't feel so tired.
Hope you feel better soon, keep us posted!
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's ModeratorDIAGNOSING-LUPUS & LUPUS-RESOURCES
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