Your rheumy seems to be the conservative type. Other rhuemies might have put you on plaquenil by now, or maybe even prednisone.
You might consider a second opinion -- also check out the "official" diagnosing symptoms from the link Diagnosing Lupus below.
ANA is considered 1 of the 4, the inflammation in hands would also be considered 1 of the 4, ....
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 2/24/2016 8:07:52 PM (GMT-7)