Generally Rheumies prescribe Plaquenil to slow progression. Not sure why your Dr wouldn't be giving it to you!
Have you read about
diagnosing by having 4 of the 11 symptoms? Maybe the Dr isn't thinking Lupus -- not sure if it would help you if this isn't something they are considering.
Check out diagnosing lupus link below.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
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