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A 22-year-old female asked:

My dr won't diagnose me, but my joint pain/stiffness, fatigue, dry eyes/mouth, rashes, raynauds & rashes improve on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). what does that mean?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 40 years experience
See below: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) has an anti-inflammatory effect on certain autoimmune diseases. Perhaps a visit to a rheumatologist to be worked up for possible rheumatoid arthritis/lupus/sjögren's syndrome/etc will determine a cause for your symptoms. Who prescribed Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) for you & for what condition?
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 20 years experience
Autoimmune disease: You probably have an autoimmune disease that does not meet criteria fully for diagnosis. With time, criteria may be met and a diagnosis may br given. If you are getting better with treatment, then a formal diagnosis is not critical.
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Last updated Jun 30, 2014


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