Welcome to the forum sis!! I'm so sorry you are dealing with so much. It is a mixed blessing to finally receive a dx. Part of you feels validated for all the symptoms you have and a relief that you will finally be getting treatment targeted against a specific disease . . . and part of you mourns for the loss of a normal body and a normal life. Allow yourself to go through this period of mourning if that happens.
If you make a separate post with the word Imuran in the title, you'll get more responses about
that. I've not taken it (no organ involvement) so I can't help you there.
If you have 4 of 11 criterea your dx should not change but they may find additional problems like sjogrens or other secondary issues. The anti cardiolopin is a good thing to check for because it causes sticky blood and the doc needs to know if you need treatment for that (blood thinner).
The plaquenil may be better tolerated if you always take it with a meal. Start eating your meal, take the plaq and then finish the meal . . . kind of hiding it in the food. If you are taking two tablets each day, take one in the morning and one with dinner. If you just started taking it, you might want to get permission to start with one pill each day for a week or so and then add the second pill after your body gets used to taking one.
Welcome to the forum . . . I hope you make some good friends here. This is a great place to get information, vent, and find other people who understand your issues.
In His Grip!,
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