Hello! Welcome. I am sorry to hear about yout daughter's diagnosis. Deep breath - one step at a time. Is your daughter seeing a rheumatologist? That is the specialist she would be referred to by her PCP. I know this sounds like a cop out, but everyone with these diseases reacts differently as far as symptoms, medication requirements, disease progression, etc. It is difficult if not impossible to get answers in absolutes. I would want a sit down with the doctor and be prepared with a list of questions. And, frankly, I would not be pleased to get a call of that importance from a nurse with no further information. Now, if the instructions were to go ahead and start the medication until she can see the doctor in a few days, that might make sense. But a good relationship with the rheumy is important and best established as quickly as possible.
Before making any major decisions, your daughter might want to see how the meds affect her and how she is feeling.
Hope some of this helps. Good Luck to you and your daughter!
Take care, Fran
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