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Posted by Dorothy E. Morris on August 24, 2000 at 13:40:23:

Beau. Thanks for response. Sorry re details. I started with 6- 5 mg Prednisone, down to ONE - 5 MG.-the plaquenil - started (after just one week on 6 Pred) 2-
200 mgs. both per day. It's been 4 weeks nearly on the Plaquenil-- I see no releif!! My left wrist and fingers useless(excruciatingly painful) til about noon-or 1 p.m. - then I can use to some degree!! I have seen R.A.specialst. in June and July- his is her program! My GP agrees - said no alternative! other than drug used for cancer!!! Insists I must give the Plaquenil 3 mos. Have appt. with R.A. specialist late
Oct. Wonder if there is anything else ?? Codiene to help with pain? Also -recently had a trip to ER.Chest
pains(been many times re this over the past 2-3 yrs) They did usu. tests. all okay - Now poss. R.A. in rib
cage? or just maybe the Fibro in chest muscle -- so I
am not a Hapyy (senior) camper at all!! Hard to handle
the pain, plus unable to use the left wrist -which is the worst. Does heat/cold packs help at all??What about diet? Looking for any help and ideas! thanks
Dorothy

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