Re: Need some info on health issues
What was your Dr's reasoning for prescribing plaquenil, which can take a while to start working? You don't mention if your CRP and/or SED rate was abnormal. I do want to also mention that many times, labs can be negative for autoimmune diseases and are just part of the diagnostic picture. There is even such a thing as undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Did your Dr mention that he/she suspects something going on? I can say that if that is so, early treatment is is a rare and wonderful thing, even if it does take several months to appear to be working. As far as lupus goes, the fine folks on the lupus board have stickied the diagnostic criteria for that and APS, I believe. Many of these AI diseases have similar symptoms such as joint pain, crushing fatigue, etc. but can be treated. Were you also tested for Scl-70, RNP, and the rest, as a followup to the positive ANA? Do you have rashes or are you sun sensitive? All these things can help paint a clinical picture for the Dr. Do you have a specific question, like about the titre or pattern? I also wanted to mention that plaquenil is usually the first and lowest tier (as it were) of drugs commonly Rx's for autoimmune diseases and many people do just fine on it without the need of more drugs. Symptom treatment is more important than the name of these diseases sometimes, especially in the beginning, in my opinion, but I am just a patient. I will also caution you that the internet is full of doom and gloom, and misinformation.
Last edited by luca689; 02-28-2012 at 11:41 AM.