I'm a 44 year old woman who works full time with 2 children under 12. I work in the NHS at director level and have never been off sick in 22 years so my recent diagnosis of Palindromic Rheumatism has come as a bit of a shock to say the least. I have now been off for 8 weeks and the excruciating pain, swelling and lack of function continues to move from joint to joint. Today it's the turn of my left knee and left wrist. Due to see Rheum consultant again to discuss hydroxychloroquine but I'm really worried about side effects as well as time it will take to see any effect, if any. I need to get back to work and be a mum to my kids again. Has anyone had such a long lasting and severe flare which has burnt itself out? Am hoping this will be me so I don't have to start treatment. Any advice?