Hi all, hoping everyone is doing ok?
I think I'm experiencing my first flare since I started hydroxychloroquine just after Christmas (about 8 months). I had a bit of a blip in June when the rheumy suggested I cut the hydroxy down from 400mg to 200mg - I only lasted 10 days as I felt freaking awful! So, I've been back on 400mg a day for 8 weeks and feeling much better.
Last week, I had mouth ulcers for a few days, then woke up on Wednesday feeling really dizzy, Thursday I felt ok-ish, Friday I had a migraine and all weekend I've had increased joint pain and felt absolutely shattered. The skin on my hands is really itchy and dry, my ankles, knees, wrists and elbows are cracking and clicking as well as feeling hot and painful. This morning I was dripping in sweat and felt very sick when I got up, although it's eased off a bit now.
I also think I've developed costochondritis as my sternum hurts, particularly when I try to stretch my ribs (with a deep breath or rolling my shoulders back), which I've had before but not known what it was.
I'm hoping the fact I'm now on hydroxy will mean that this flare isn't as bad or long lasting as its been in the past - usually lasts 3-6 weeks for me - and that I get better much more quickly this time. I'll keep you posted!
Take care, lovely people xxx