Have you ever heard of "The Spoon Theory"? It is a metaphorical story a Lupus patient wrote to help explain to others how our exhaustion can feel. Check it out here: /cdn.totalcomputersusa.com/butyoudontlooksick.com/uploads/2010/02/BYDLS-TheSpoonTheory.pdf
Hydrochloroquine (Plaquenil) often takes 2-3 months to really take effects.
Sorry that you have degenerative arthritis as well - that is really a double whammy, isn't it?
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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