When I saw Dr K on Thursday, we spoke briefly about amitriptyline (which I tried years ago and gave me nightmares) and plaquenil. We didn't come to any conclusions, as he is going to ask my GP to refer me to him at St Thomas's for further investigation. I've got some sort of low grade connective tissue disorder (don't know what that means, except that it's not full-blown lupus), and I'm in increasing amounts of pain in my joints and muscles. dr K referred to fibromyalgia as well, as all my trigger points are tender.
So is plaquenil the type of drug that helps with muscle and joint pain?
I'm wondering if I can somehow email Dr K to ask him to recommend to my GP that i trial something prior to seeing him again. Is that a good idea?
All I know about plaquenil is that my sister's on it (she has sjogrens) and it hasn't really helped her (yet? I know it takes a while to kick in).
I can't take NSAIDS coz they upset my stomach big time and co-codamol is ok v short term but I do get rebound headaches with it if I take it more than a couple of days.
One last thing! Is pain like this common with APS, or is it more the associated conditions that come with it?