Hi all. My general joint pain is barely under control at the moment and I hardly feel the effects of taking the plaquenil. My rheumatologist has said step it up from 200 mcg to 400mcg for 7 to 10 days during a flare and taper back down. Does this protocol work? I suppose I need to give it a whirl and see.
Also, I am due to have surgery in 3weeks time on my right shoulder (no picnic...I had the same op last year on my left shoulder and it is a slow and painful recovery) but as well as having the photo sensitive rash on my face 2 weeks ago, I have been found to have very high blood pressure and traces of blood in my urine. This will be followed up again next week when they will check both.
Do you think the plaquenil may be contributing to my symptoms or is it the condition becoming more established?
I would be very grateful for your comments as not only am I under the weather, I am feeling really low too.