I am new .. to this arena but have been fighting RA for the past 5 1/2 years - for my daughter who was diagnosed around 10 years old. We have refused to put her on biologics and tried every other method - changed her diet, tried acupuncture, sought alternative medicine ... all because we didn't want our little girl to experience any of the grave side effects. We finally gave in and allowed steroid injections into her body which helped tremendously & lasted for over a year. However, the last steroid shot she received in the hand was ineffective - by a novice doctor. In fact, it not only didn't relieve the swelling but also stiffened her wrist and weakened it more. My trust in the medical field has gone down even further .. I am fighting for my daughter and the worry keeps me up in the middle of the night (hence, writing this) as I pray that I am on the right path to helping her - thank you for sharing your experiences on here in order to help others. You are all very brave to endure what I have read ... May we all find a "recipe" for a healthy body!