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Was so happy to find this site. I have been saying that I have lupus for a few years now. I have a first cousin with it and grandma had rheumatoid arthritis. Just got my diagnosis yesterday and as sad as it was, it was also a relief that there was truly something wrong and I wasnt just losing my mind. More later...........and so happy to be here.
 

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Welcome, and I'm glad that it is now official instead of just something that you've believed for a long time now. This way, you'll get started on some treatment and will have that feeling of validity a diagnosis brings.

May you feel better soon with the appropriate treatment!
 

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Hello Welcome Here. Is it ok to call you Jane?
You will soon get to know people here, and we will all do our best to help and support you.
x Lola
 

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Hi and thank you for the welcome

Sure you can call me Jane but my real name is Leanne. A little about me:
47 years old, two boys one 19 and one 12, live in Canada. Been suffering with different ailments throughout the years. Pluerisy at 30years old, IBS after that, terribly painful hip bursitis, a chronic lung condition Bronchiectasis from too many lung infections, had hysterctomy 2 years ago for heavy, heavy bleeding and anemia. Now feels like I have arthritis throughout my body, hard to walk some days but the clincher that got my diagnosis yesterday was the hyperpigmentation butterfly rash on my face, a positive ANA (only 1:40, and speckled), fatigue and my body screaming with pain. I got a shot of Depo medrol for the body pain and have been prescribed Plaquenil 200mg to go along with the arthrotec I currently take. Also had 8 viles of blood taken yesterday and a urninalysis for various testing.

Currently not working and glad cause dont think I could right now.

Thanks for being here guys and any info you have on Plaquenil would be good.

Take Care all..................
 

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Hi Leanne

Welcome to the site :) Im sorry to hear about your diagnosis but its good that you are being started on treatment and hopefully this will help you feel better over time. Plaquenil does take a while to kick in -for most people somewhere between three and six months but others have reported it taking longer before they felt the benefits. Sometimes people will be on other medications in the short term to help with symptoms - perhaps an anti inflammatory drug for example.

What is it you would like to know about Plaquenil? There are a number of threads in the Medication Forum about Plaquenil and it might help to have a look through them just to get yourself a bit more informed. If you would like to post a specific question it would be a good idea to start a thread of your own in the Medications Forum.

Plaquenil is well tolerated by the vast number of people who take it but it tends to cause tummy problems in the early days - particularly gas :blush: Best to keep everyone upwind of you for a while ;)

Welcome again and I look forward to hearing more from you. Feel free to ask any questions. Members here are usually very helpful to each other in the interests of patient to patient support and sharing of information.

Take good care
Joan:rose:
 
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