Hi, I'm new here and hoping for some advice. My daughter was diagnosed first with arthritis in her jaw with advanced degeneration. Her growth there has been stunted by this condition. In late July they did an arthrocentesis procedure to address the situation and she has also been on Naproxen. I know she will likely need surgical correction of her jaw when she is done growing. I was told we would wait and see how her next MRI looked in March. Anyway, we went for a follow up and I told the rheumatologist that even though she never complains of any pain, my daughter is slow in the morning and she asks me to do some things for her like cut her food and tie her shoes. She had an X-ray and it showed some evidence of arthritis in her knuckles, though not damage like her jaw. Plenquenil was recommended for her, and I have not brought myself to give it to her yet. I cannot find anything on this for children, and I know it is not approved for children. Is this a safer medication choice than methotrexate? When I read on that, it seems like the side effects correct themselves when you come back off, but some of the Plenquenil stuff freaks me out. It is hard to wrap my mind around giving her that stuff for a year. I guess I was hoping that we would watch and see whether the procedure plus the Naproxin would be enough. My daughter has never had any pain from either of these areas. I have set up a second opinion for February but everyday I that I wait weighs heavily on my conscience. Im not sure what to do.
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