I've not posted for a while but thought I'd share my experience with hydroxychloroquine. I've been on it a few months and the difference is amazing. I sleep through the night, I don't dread the shift from sitting to standing, and can descend stairs in a relatively normal way. A colleague (not knowing about the meds) said I walk differently and I realised I've lost the stiff shuffly gait I had. There's some stiffness and I've had a couple of little flares but this is all very minor.
My immune system is struggling though. I got a cold that really quickly turned into sinus and chest infection, and caught tonsillitis. My wbc/neutrophils are as low/lower than they were during chemotherapy. I'm anemic.
For now it's worth it.
Obviously I have mild/early stage RA but I really hope that the meds stop it developing. Does that ever happen? The meds work and that's the end of RA?