Each person is different but in general you should see results within 6 months. Autoimmune disease acts different in different people and there is of course many symptoms we share. My daughter was diagnosed w/lupus at age 11,she is now 29. I started symptoms in early 2000's, age46 diagnosedw/fibromyalgia.
By 2011 I was initially diagnosed w/lupus and sent to Rhuematologist.I had a positive ANA,symptoms of more than one but not enough to diagnose one in particular. Along the way things slowly evolved. I have seen a neurologist for abnormal nerve conduction-carpal tunnel syndrome. I saw a cardiologist for palpitations/shortness of breath/pressure feeling in chest-went through all the tests including a complete heart cath=left bundle branch block,mild pulmonary hypertension.Went to a pulmunary Dr.-did pulmonary function tests,have sleep apnea and now use a CPAP machine. My latest DR.is dermatologist-diagnoses Lichen Simplex Chronicus/neurodermatitis-intense itching on my arms=more meds. It cleared up but is back again-we are under tremendous stress. Unrelated I just had my 2nd surgery on my ankle to remove a couple of screws that were irritating the tissue and causing PAIN. My labs have shown markers for scleroderma so even tho I am taking methotrexate the connective tissue disease continues to evolve. It is not known the cause of these diseases,so no cure just treating symptoms. Back to your ? U should see some results within a few months-again each person is individual. I personally along w/my daughter have ALOT going on and have been on plaquenil for many years. It is important to have a plaquenil screening every 6 months with your eye doctor because it can affect your eyes. Go at this with the most positive attitude you can-how we think and feel can and does affect us physically and how well we do.
All the best to you! you are not alone.
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